Teamwork is an essential part of a successful organization. Teamwork doesn’t just happen; it takes effort. Diverse team members need to be able to communicate and share ideas easily and in a way that minimizes misunderstandings. This is more of a challenge than ever with team members on the go or spread across multiple sites. Microsoft Teams is a powerful tool for making teamwork a reality. Is your organization ready to deploy Microsoft Teams? Here are a few considerations to ensure your organization is prepared for a successful deployment.
What Is Your Current IT Toolset?
You probably already have some communication or collaboration tools deployed. Consider your current portfolio. Have you deployed:
- Exchange Online?
- Skype for Business?
If you have, how many of your users are actively using these applications? For applications that aren’t actively used, consider why. Are there performance issues? Do end-users need more training to take advantage of collaboration and communication tools? Having a sense of what’s worked in the past (and what hasn’t) can help you plan for a successful deployment.
Where Do You See Your Organization in the Future?
Before you deploy Microsoft Teams, consider where you want your organization to go. Microsoft Teams supports organizations in three main areas:
- Communications: How do your teams communicate now? Is it via email or a basic messaging service? Are video meetings high-quality, accessible and secure? How would you like your teams to communicate in the future?
- Collaboration: How are files shared now? Are there changelogs? Can you track who accessed files and when?
- Meetings: Are you able to capture follow-ups during and after a meeting? How complicated is it to set up a meeting?
Where are you now, and where would you like to be? Which of these areas is most important to you? These questions can help you decide where education is needed and how to deploy Microsoft Teams in a way that makes sense for your organizational needs.
Are Remote Workers Equal Contributors in Your Meetings?
How is your network performing? Microsoft Teams can work well under most network conditions, but for the highest quality, you may need to address issues such as bandwidth and network impairments such as jitter and packet loss.
This is where working with an experienced Microsoft Partner can be helpful. At Peters & Associates, we’re deeply experienced in helping organizations leverage Microsoft Teams. As a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner, we expertly match Microsoft solutions to the needs and budget of your organization.
We also drink the champagne and can share our experience of moving to Teams. We’re offering a series of webinars to help organizations like yours learn what sets Microsoft Teams apart, how it enhances security and how you can get your organization (and your network) prepared. Click here to sign up for our webinar series, and feel free to contact us for more information on Microsoft Teams.