Getting interactive insights into the organization with Office365

For those who missed out previous blogpost about Microsoft Teams, this one builds upon it.

For years I’ve received questions from customers asking for an automatic org chart, based on Active Directory.

There were tools for that in SharePoint to visualize this, but nothing out of the box.

Then came Delve. Delve actually shows you who reports to an employee in the organization, but that’s about it:

Enter Microsof Teams. You know, that thing Microsoft announced that would replace Skype for Business.

Well, it’s doing that alright, but in a fantastic way. The 1-on-1 chat interface is a lot better and offers a lot of extra features lacking in Skype for Business.

First of all, there’s persistent chat. Skype for Business had this, but few organizations actually rolled it out. This allows you to go back to a previous chat without having to go to Outlook and its conversation history.

When sending and receiving files (which you should do in SharePoint, not in Teams), you can find the history of sent files there too! You don’t have to look for a folder in your My Documents section anymore. (PS: it is in your OneDrive under “Microsoft Teams Chat Files” if you upload from your PC or receive a file).

And you can also track what this person has done in Teams that you are both member of.

But wait, what’s that? There’s an Organization tab. What would be under that?

That’s right, part of the complete organization hierarchy the person you are chatting with is in. How neat is that.

And to top that, you can click any person to see his or her hierarchy structure, effectively navigation through your organization, out of the box!

Written by Sebastiaan Mindreau, Lead Strategist Digital at LoQutus.