Microsoft’s teamworking application can transform how your organisation works and communicates.
Microsoft Teams is a transformational communication platform. It is revolutionising how organisations work together, delivering more efficient ways to engage and collaborate.
As a Microsoft Gold and CSP Tier 1 partner, Akita offers Microsoft Teams development services including licensing, deployment, training and support. We can even turn Microsoft Teams into your phone calling solution.
To discuss Microsoft Teams services, arrange a demo or discuss deployment options, please get in touch:
What is Microsoft Teams?
At its core, Microsoft Teams is a cloud-based group messaging platform that’s enhanced with the power of Microsoft’s Office 365 suite.
As such it can allow groups of contacts (or ‘teams’) to:
- Messages, call and video conference with groups or on a one-to-one basis
- Share files and documents, and collaborate on projects
- Manage tasks, schedules, calendars and to-do lists for you or your other Team members
- Communicate on the go via the Teams mobile app
Each user can create up to 250 teams, meaning there’s enough capacity for all work projects to be run in its own individual Teams chat.
Documents shared within Teams will automatically store to a SharePoint Online instance, with each organisation able to access up to 25 TB of storage for their Teams files.
There are also a wide range of apps that can be added to Teams to expand functionality, including survey tools, CRM integrators and task management solutions to name but a few.
Benefits of Microsoft Teams
Teams can help improve the productivity of your organisation by increasing the flexibility of working and making key information more immediate.
Rather than having to wade through emails to keep up with a few vital pieces of communication, or search through nests of files to find key documents, Teams allows users to find all the information relevant to a subject or project in one place.
Users can also communicate instantly with their colleagues via individual or group messaging. As a team can be up to 5000 users, it can also be an effective way to communicate quickly across an entire organisation.
There’s also the added benefit of Microsoft add-ons that integrate with Teams. Calendar, task assignment app Planner and OneNote are just some of the apps that can be easily integrated with Teams, syncing automatically across a user’s Microsoft 365 account.
Teams as a calling solution
Microsoft Teams also supports audio and video calling.
Teams-to-Teams calling is included free of charge in all versions of the software. This means it can potentially save organisations money on internal or inter-office calls, and remove the need for software such as Skype.
With the addition of Microsoft Business Voice, Teams can also be used as a fully functional phone solution. For a low monthly fee per user, calls can be made and received from within Teams on whichever device a user is logged onto (PC, tablet, mobile phone etc.)
Teams could, therefore, replace your entire existing phone system if desired. For more information on this, please get in touch.
Implementing Teams in your organisation
Akita has deployed Microsoft Teams solutions for organisations of all sizes, so trust us to handle all aspects of licensing, deployment, integration, training and even configuration as a phone system.
Microsoft Teams is licensed per user. While a limited version is available for free, many organisations find they can already Teams as part of their Office 365 licence packages. We can then assist with any additional licences required
Following consultancy, we’ll then configure Teams to your organisation’s requirements and then install across all relevant PCs and devices. This can also include the addition of useful integrations such as Planner and Stream.
As Teams uses SharePoint Online for storing files, we can also configure access and permissions for SharePoint. And if desired, we can also develop more advanced SharePoint solutions as well.
Our consultants will then assist with user training and engagement methods to ensure successful adoption. And should it be needed, we can also supply audio and visual hardware to make use of Teams’ calling functionality, with solutions ranging from Bluetooth earpieces to advanced conference room camera setups.
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