How Microsoft SharePoint creates winning cultures with Office 365 in the modern workplacePublish Date: August 11, 2020
When we work together and get things done, there should be less confusion between the people and the content they share. High-performing teams achieve more with fewer open questions, among well-informed team members. To achieve more, it is teamwork that propels progress further.
The internet within which your team operates needs to have great content experiences and services dedicated mainly to teamwork. To collaborate confidently and openly, you need to ensure that they are also protected by industry-leading compliance and security measures—the ability to adhere to your organization’s desired governance outcomes.
This is where Microsoft’s enterprise collaboration platform – SharePoint Online, is working from the shadows in almost all businesses using Office 365 – big and small. As per Microsoft in fact, <200,000 companies with 190 million employees use SharePoint for their intranets, content management, and team sites.
For readers new to Microsoft’s home of cloud products, we will dive into what SharePoint is, and the unique advantages in collaboration with its family members.
The economic impact of teamwork
Teamwork is the currently Microsoft 365’s largest and fastest expanding opportunity, and a major catalyst for business revenues benefitting from it. Some of the critical challenges they typically look to solve are:
- Boosting workforce potential, quality of work, experience, and productivity
- Improving employee performance and continuous measurement over time
- Establishing deep connections and open collaboration within an environment
- Enabling and empowering employees to work towards a common strategic goal
- A single solution that adheres to superior governance privacy & security regulations
Microsoft’s teamwork solutions (Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive) support organizations and users with new ways of improving collaboration, tailoring information workflows, and streamlining business
Why Microsoft SharePoint for businesses?
SharePoint used to be referred to as a document management and collaboration platform that helps manage an organization’s archives, reports, documents, and other forms of content. Today it is known as a ‘mobile, intelligent intranet’ platform that shares and manages content, applications, workflows, and knowledge to:
- Empower teamwork
- Quickly find the required information.
- Seamlessly collaborate across the organization.
- Save time and increase productivity.
- Lower costs and decrease complexity
- Adhere to end-to-end compliance
- Scale your infrastructure at your pace (pay-as-you-go)
- Ensure transparent and complete control of the backend to you
As a cloud (Azure-based) platform taking full advantage of Microsoft’s suite of products, SharePoint achieves these results through three key means:
Seamless collaboration and easy sharing
Users can share files from anywhere with secure access and file storage, inside and outside the organization. As a Microsoft file storage and sharing products, One Drive and SharePoint respectively help you seamlessly integrate your Office apps preinstalled with Windows. This deep integration with Office lets you begin co-authoring a document (comment, annotate, highlight) on one device and complete it on another.
Inform and engage your workforce
A combination of Stream (video streaming and sharing), Yammer (internal collaboration social network), and SharePoint helps your employees engage and communicate with rich cohesion. This is a great way to drive operational efficiency as teams would be using and sharing typical applications and resources on secure portals/home sites accessible via mobile phones.
Accelerate process efficiency and productivity
From simple tasks, including approvals and alerts to complex operational workflows, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and SharePoint lists and libraries help create rich digital experiences for the workforce. The advantage of PowerApps and Flow is the power of automation to streamline and transform processes, integrate innumerable data sources, and even create custom apps for any purpose and device.
Building a winning culture needs winning strategies.
The results of SharePoint users are for all to see! As per Forrester’s research, enterprises have seen a 20% and SMBs 14% increase in revenue opportunities before deploying Office 365. The percentage of Teams calls across the world in the illustration above after the COVID-19 led office-shutdowns shows how people are benefitting from human connection and productive collaboration through Teams and SharePoint.