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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Fowle

Are you ready for Viva Connections?

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

What is Viva Connections?

Viva Connections is a new offering from Microsoft that will help organisations (and their employees) to adapt and thrive in the new hybrid work environment. Viva Connections is expected to launch on the 31st of March, so now is the perfect time to make sure that you are ready.

With Microsoft 365 and Viva Connections you can maintain your organisation's culture, engage employees and ensure that they have access to the information they need from anywhere.

Viva connections shown on desktop, mobile and tablet
Viva Connections - Source: Microsoft

Viva Connections brings your organisation's modern SharePoint intranet into Microsoft Teams to provide a simple unified entry point into Microsoft 365.

It's not just about embedding your current intranet in Teams, there are a load of other exciting possibilities:

  • Allow employees to stay connected and engage with the latest news, conversations and share their knowledge

  • Targeted content relevant to each user

  • Centralise corporate news and announcements

  • Give everyone a voice and encourage 2-way conversations with your leadership teams

  • Multilingual, AI-powered transcriptions

  • A new dashboard that allows you to connect with other applications inside and out of Microsoft 365

A screenshot of Viva connections in Microsoft Teams
Viva Connections - Source: Microsoft

What do I need to do to get ready for Microsoft Viva Connections?

There are a few things that need to be in place before your organisation can deploy Viva Connections.

Deploy a modern SharePoint intranet

Get your modern SharePoint intranet built as soon as possible. At Dapt we specialise in rapid deployments of Microsoft 365 based intranets and can get you up and running in less than a month. To find out more visit our Dapt Intranet page.

The checklist for your intranet is:

  • Built using modern communication sites

  • Registered as a hub

  • Promoted to the home site in your tenant

Image of Dapt Intranet on laptop
Dapt Intranet

Deploy Yammer

Yammer will be a key part of Viva Connections. It’s an application that has often been neglected by organisations using Microsoft 365; if you have chosen not to deploy Yammer in the past it is now the perfect time to revisit it.

With the global health crisis forcing a large number of us to work at home, it’s become more important than ever to build communities within your organisation that encourage your employees to collaborate and share ideas. It is also a great tool to encourage wellbeing by connecting and engaging people across the organisation regardless of their location.

Yammer has also been given a complete design overhaul to revitalise the look and feel and bring it in line with applications such as Microsoft Teams.

Next steps

If you would like to know more about Viva Connections book a free chat with one of our consultants.

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