In a previous article, my colleague Daniela Kruse-Reinemann discussed the idea of connecting the classic Intranet with the mobile world using Viva Connections in Microsoft Teams. Companies receive a modern interface with a high degree of usability for mobile applications (which people are already be familiar with from their personal environment). The solution also does away with double maintenance and is fully integrated into the Office 365 environment.
Therefore, Connections is an O365 solution that depicts exactly this information scenario with news for all - and much more. Certainly, the new Connections dashboard is very much a part of this “and much more” concept, but while obtaining information is important, employees also want to exchange information in the group, or directly with other employees. Companies often use WhatsApp as the next-best solution. However, the implication of this alternative could recently be seen at banks, which were hit by billions in penalties imposed by the US market regulator, because employees were using private messenger apps to share information about business matters.
The options provided by O365 also offer a perfect platform in an environment that is controlled by the company. It not only enables communication between colleagues in production or logistics (hence real Blue Collar scenarios), but also communication with office employees, creating connectivity and equality between the two different worlds. Both employee groups have access to the mobile Intranet as well as the same user experiences and features.