No enterprise depends on a single person. Every successful business is guaranteed to have one thing in common: efficient and productive teamwork. Additionally, steady communication and flow of information are two factors that are fundamental to good teamwork.

Today’s business environment is simply not what it used to be before the turn of the millennium. Gone are the days of heavy paperwork, wide storage rooms for file cabinets, and the need for endless memos to make sure everyone has the necessary information. Our business world has thankfully evolved, and along with it, the way teamwork plays out. At the forefront of that evolution is, of course, Microsoft.

Skype for Business

 Ever since the internet became a household word, instant messaging was one of its most notable features. Immediate, real-time exchange of text messages made long-distance communication instantly easier. There have been many instant messaging tools, but Skype earned its place in history for being the go-to choice for business.

When Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011, it immediately began integrating it with other Microsoft applications. Skype for Business became the enterprise version of the product, fully-integrated into Office 365 applications. Skype for Business lets teams communicate via instant messaging, VoIP, and video-conferencing, from wherever they have access to their accounts, be it computers, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Meetings can be easily scheduled in Outlook and team members in five different corners of the world can conference and exchange information as if they were all in the same room. Skype has become such a practical and widely-used tool, that it is hard to find an office where the word “skype” isn’t common lingo.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft made a revolution with its network of cloud-computing services such as Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics. Constant, real-time communication between systems and applications has become a standard for the industry and Microsoft continues to build on that standard. Outlook has become one of the most used tools in business as it goes beyond a simple email app and becomes a useful teamwork tool. Skype for Business added to these teamwork abilities with its messaging and conferencing capabilities. In 2017, Microsoft brought it all together under Microsoft Teams.

Teams, a still-evolving application, is a one-stop platform for workplace instant-messaging, chat, notes, meetings, and attachments. Integrating with all Office 365 apps (and even other non-Microsoft applications), Teams is as close to a virtual meeting room as technologically possible. The platform lets you have a private chatroom for team members where they can also share files, apps, and even their own desktop in online meetings; all with the ability to record every session for further review later. Team’s integration with Skype also allows for phone calls, both local and international.

Microsoft Teams is also highly-customizable, meaning that different users can employ the use of different cloud services and apps that support their specific line of work. The Teams developer platform even allows customized integration with existing business processes, meaning that adapting your current teamwork dynamics into Microsoft Teams can be near seamless. Teams even allows bot programming to automate processes, simplifying tasks for every member of your team. Microsoft Teams is also armed with Microsoft enterprise-level security, guaranteeing that your company’s team meetings and information sharing are safe and under compliance standards.

Microsoft Teams brings together every necessary feature for teamwork and is now integrating Skype for Business over a transition-phase in which Teams will eventually replace the Skype for Business platform. Teams is a clear-cut example of how today’s technology has drastically changed the way we work together and how day-to-day business is conducted. Businesses with growth and expansion plans must integrate these available technologies into their processes, in order to evolve and survive in today’s technology-driven market.

Call Integration Technologies or visit our main website for a consultation today and learn how we can improve your company’s teamwork through Microsoft solutions.

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