I’ve been using online chat collaboration tools since the 90’s.  From AOL to CPQ, Google Chat, Skype to Slack and now Teams, the tools and providers have changed over the years, but the purpose remains the same. We’ve become well versed with computer-based systems that support groups of people engaged in a common task (or goal) and that provide an interface to a shared environment.

In our more recent times of networking, we’re finding that there are still so many companies who don’t leverage these tools for collaboration – even with the changes to remote working. We can’t help but wonder why? How are they communicating effectively and efficiently and safely sharing data and info throughout the company?

We really believe in the power of the Microsoft Teams platform (so much so we use and support it, but not just for sending emoji’s to our team. Microsoft Teams is the platform for communication, meetings and collaboration. We use it for so many different things!

  • Teams and Channels – for collaboration within departments, small groups or 1 on 1 conversations. Easily connect in chat mode, share files, or use some of the apps to create lists, tasks and more. We can even communicate with clients and partners who also use the platform.
  • Voice tools – not only do we use it for a conference call line, but as a regular phone line. The video calls are top of the line and includes several editing features for recorded calls. Very useful for trainings.
  • File Sharing & Syncing– Cloud collaboration of documents in real time. There’s no need for a server to work on documents within a team who may all be working remotely.
  • Yammer – The social platform for our team. We share personal goals and accomplishments to boost morale and keep the team connected. We are, after all, Ohana.

Beyond what we’re using these tools for internally, we also appreciate being able to share the same resources with our customers (outside our organization) with the same high level of security. Are you making the most of your tools?