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We would like to wish happy holidays and a happy new year to all our customers, friends and partners. Once more, we say thank you for the good cooperation in 2019 and are looking forward to a successful 2020! Our entire team will be back for you from January 7, 2020.
See the amazing musical made by interns spending the summer of 2019 at Microsoft: Microsoft the Musical.
End of May the European Collaboration Summit 2019 took place in Germany. My MVP colleague Michael Greth did a short interview with me about Microsoft Graph and my session "Develop Intelligent Apps for the Modern Workplace". Watch it here.
At atwork, diversity and inclusion are in our daily life. Everyone should be treated equally and with respect. These are the foundations of our modern society. This year, Euro Pride takes place in our home town Vienna. We want to show our sympathy by adapting our atwork logo on the website and in our blog to the rainbow colors. We support pride and the LGBTIQ community with the motto "Join us. March with us. Together & Proud."
If you are a Microsoft 365 developer, you will be working with the Microsoft Graph to access data in the cloud. Of course, every product needs a mascot. So, the Microsoft Graph team created their own mascot recently: The Microsoft Graph g-raph (giraffe). Get the artwork for the Microsoft Graph g-raph here!
This session gives you insights from Microsoft IT about how they use their internal Teams Champion program to drive collaboration and communication using Microsoft Teams. The session was delivered by Sara Bush, Sr. Program Manager Microsoft Teams, Microsoft. Sara is a member of the Teams & Voice team in End User Services Engineering, Sara is driving Microsoft Teams adoption internally through the Art of Teamwork Tour training program, the Teamwork Champions program and the EUSE change management effort to bring all Microsoft users into a deep understanding of how Microsoft Teams supports day to day work, increasing collaboration and productivity. Pouneh Kaufman, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft. Pouneh is responsible for the global rollout of Microsoft Teams within Microsoft.Every time I have the chance to listen to a session from Microsoft IT I try to attend. It is valuable and gives you good insights, how a worldwide company with more than 220k employees adopt and implement IT. During my projects I see that there is not a lot of difference in IT planning among large enterprises. Microsoft IT shares insights which can be extremely valuable when you use that in your own enterprise. First Sara and Pouneh talked about why Microsoft moved form Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams helps the organization to get all communication channels together in one place. To drive adoption Microsoft IT runs an internal adoption program around awareness, engagement, measurement, management.Success factors were defined in measurements, like collecting usage data, feedback to gain trust and awareness. The project scope was very clear:Get more than >200k users to use Microsoft Teams and move away from Skype for Business. Success factors showed that it worked:over 55% of all chats happen in Teams, Teams meetings are widely used.Champions feedback measurements: 98% Program satisfaction, 88% Satisfaction Training support. 83% Satisfaction with monthly calls.To drive adoption and usage Microsoft IT used a champions program. First champs came from passionate users which were found within their most active Teams Yammer participants. People wants to be in the know. Microsoft IT developed a training: Art of teamwork. It is a level 100 training for end users, which is available to customers as well. More showcases are available here. The best thing about a Champions program: Champions are bringing in other champions.So what are the Champions give and gets:Gives: Teamwork Training. Teams Yammer Group support. Champions List for organization. promote readiness. Gets : Digital Profile Badge, Digital & Physical Swag. Engage with SME's and the Microsoft Product Group. "I see you, I recognize you, I need you". access to monthly call with product group. Champions need to be visible to end users. The results are impressive:more than 650 Champions, 45 Countries, 90 BuildingsTo find champions use the channels which are available - like Microsoft IT used the Yammer group. They make their Champions recognizable. Further ways to drive adoption worked through Gamification: A little friendly competition. Earn points by hosting internal training. Point system for users development. new badges for new levels. Impacts the performance reviews.What did not work: too much products, different generations, resistance about taking Skype away. Give users a place to talk about that: UserVoice. Yammer community.If you look into bringing a new communication tool into life, look at this usecases!Resources:Slides VideostreamThe Art of Teamwork resource Kit
On July 1st, the Microsoft MVP Award Program announced new and renewed MVPs. We at atwork are happy that our MVP’s have been renewed for their community contributions for 2018-2019!
We would like to wish happy holidays and a happy new year to all our customers, friends and partners. Once more, we say thank you for the good cooperation in 2017 and are looking forward to a successful 2018!
This May, the visualcapitalist website published interesting numbers about the Market Cap, revenue and earnings of Apple, Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. See the charts with the business values of 2016 at "Here's how 5 Tech giants make their billions - comparing the revenue streams of the five largest tech companies."
We are delighted to announce that our CEO, Martina Grom, will be speaker at this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference. Ignite is Microsoft’s largest IT conference that will take place from September 25 - 29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Ignite will offer about 700+ sessions, insights and roadmaps from industry leaders, and deep dives and live demos on the products you use every day. See more here.
In IT, Office 365 evolved to a standard for collaboration and Software-as-a-Service products within the Microsoft world. We at atwork are delivering highly qualified architecture, guidance and solutions based on Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. So, we wanted to point out this fact and are marketing our brand with the domain name atwork365.com in future.
Well, it’s 1st of July and guess what? I got reawarded as a Microsoft MVP for the 5th time. And, I was accepted by two Product Groups for my contributions of the last year: I got the MVP award for Microsoft Azure and for Office Development. Wow!