Why don’t your reports cover Microsoft TEAMS

I'm focusing on the basics, the CORE Intranet

Because nobody else is and a lot of people need help with it

Don't get me wrong

I LOVE Teams and all the other advanced functionality of Office/Microsoft 365.  I love love love it

There’s a time and place for advanced functionality like Teams.  I believe you need a solid foundation in SharePoint before you can take advantage of the more advanced stuff.

If you try moving to the advanced stuff without this base foundation, the experience isn’t going to be so great for users and there is a high failure rate.

Organizations need to be familiar with the basics of the tech before diving into the deep end, and the intranet is a great way to push experience organization-wide.

Company Literacy with the Tech

helps when you’re introducing the advanced stuff

1.

If an organization thinks their SharePoint intranet sucks, it is unlikely they’re going to consider moving into more advanced services that use the technology– like file storage, let alone TEAMS.  Many of our organizations think our intranets suck.  Decision-makers  can quickly regain confidence with the tech and see it isn’t your momma’s SharePoint through a new intranet that isn’t suck-y.

2.

If you move into TEAMS without having File Storage figured-out, you’re going to have a mess on your hands.

Think about the things that have been worked-out with a traditional file server: governance, legal holds, duplicate files, naming, and all those other issues we already deal with on traditional file servers.

This can be a big deal to figure out when you move your working files into SharePoint and Teams.

3.

Metadata plays a big part in TEAMS and modern security.  If your organization isn’t currently applying metadata to all their stuff, you’ll need this to happen.

You could implement a metadata initiative WITH TEAMS.  This includes a risk of choking the organization with too much change at once.

Or you could step into it with a Modern integrated Meta-driven intranet, and THEN implement TEAMS.

4.

I believe that many businesses need to start at the beginning and demonstrate to decision-makers how great SharePoint can be.  You can do this quickly following the Straighten The Maze approach.

This will open the door wide for TEAMS.

It is really a matter of building-up an organization’s technology literacy, in a way that makes sense and that doesn’t choke things.

A great modern integrated intranet is the best first step.

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