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3 Alternative Uses for Microsoft Teams in your Business

3 Alternative Uses for Microsoft Teams in your Business

Like it or not, Microsoft Teams has taken the business world by storm. Pre pandemic Teams was gaining traction as a replacement for Skype & Slack.

When the pandemic hit, almost all businesses with Office 365 made the switch to Microsoft teams for online collaboration.

With many of our clients now fully embedded with Teams, we thought it would be worthwhile sharing some compelling use cases that you may not even know are possible within MS Teams.

 

1. Ditch WhatsApp for Teams

Ask any data security geek, and they’ll tell you that all business data should be under lock and key, with the business able to control where the data is stored and who has access.

This brings up some scenarios, including the use of applications like WhatsApp – if you are using this application to communicate with colleagues in the business about business affairs, you seriously need to consider migrating your instant message chats to Microsoft Teams.

Not only will your data be secure, but it will be under the business control, so if an employee should leave the organisation there not going to walk out with all that business data in their WhatsApp account.

Microsoft Teams has a fully functioning chat capability on Android & IOS, which is worth checking out.

 

2. A Members Portal

Does your business interact with associations or run a membership? Well, Microsoft Teams allows you to create public teams, which you can open up to anyone with an email.

Within this feature, there are many possibilities on what exactly you can do in a public team. Some of the best use cases we’ve seen to date include a membership body that houses a member portal including content resources, a SharePoint news section and even a PowerBI dashboard for members to interact with.

The members portal drives engagement within the membership, and since the pandemic, they’ve entirely stopped issuing member information by mail instead then now publish directly into the membership Team.

 

3. Delegate and Plan

Teams has many apps that you can add as a tab. One of the most loved that we show all in management roles is Microsoft planner. This tool is part of Office 365 and is a cut-down version of Microsoft Project.

You can quickly set up a plan and delegate out tasks within the planner to members of a team. The handy feature of task delegation with the Team is that the user in question will notify Teams that they have a task to complete. Managers love this feature, and tasks can be dealt with quickly due to the persistent chat, which is much quicker than sending and waiting for a reply in an email.

If your business would like to find out more about how to get the best from Microsoft Teams then don’t hesitate to

get in touch with us today.

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