Remote wrorking through covid-9 and beyond with Teams and Windows virtual desktop

April 13th, 2020 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Recent world events such as the 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak highlighted need for workers to have access to their tools as well as their colleagues without being able to go into the office.

Large corporations have asked their workers to stay home to reduce the spread and risks associated with the virus.

This is one of the features of the cloud we don’t need to be on-site to be working. Emails, software, documents, etc. are now accessible from anywhere.

This has led to a new concern that businesses have: how to collaborate effectively? For example to communicate to and within a specific group, about a specific project on a recurrent basis; and you might need to return to have conference calls, or team presentations, and to collaborate on documents and also view emails to keep track of all that has been shared and done for that particular project.

FlexJobs reports an increase of 44% in remote work in the United States over the past five years and a 91% increase over the past ten years.

In Canada, 47% of employees work outside of their office for half the workweek, and 39% work mostly from home.

On a global scale, 56% of companies allow employees to work remotely, and 52% of employees do so at least one day a week.

With today’s changing business climate, companies need to optimize their capability for remote work. This will ensure they can support their employees in any circumstance, whether there is a sudden crisis that requires remote work, or they simply want to make the option of flexibility available to their employees.

Microsoft Teams. Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space. You can utilize cool features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, and more. Microsoft Teams is also fully integrated with many other Office 365 services, such as Skype, SharePoint, Exchange, and Yammer.

Its what we use ourselves.

Some core capabilities are included in Teams:

Chat – Enjoy public and private conversations with your teams. The deep integration of Skype video into the application brings you popular social features, such as adding emojis and custom memes to your discussions.

Hub – Teams offers a shared workspace for the various applications in Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, Word, Excel,
Planner, OneNote, SharePoint, Delve, and Power BI. This feature gives you and your teams the option to work natively without having to stress about toggling between applications as you try to get projects completed.

To start using Microsoft Teams, contact us for a subscription them log into your Office 365 Portal with your credentials, look for Teams under the list of add-ins. Click on it to log in and configure the settings.
we even give you a Synergy fast start guide.

Microsoft Teams was built for today’s diverse workforce. The methods that organizational teams use to communicate and collaborate has gone through immense changes over the years; traditional hierarchies are dying out leaving room for flatter organizational structures and thus making the rapid flow of information and communication even more important. Teams provides you with an open, digital environment that makes work integrated, visible, and accessible across the board. With Teams, everyone around you will always be in the know.

At the core of this and every other service delivered through Office 365 are the 3 famous G’s:

Governance – Features like E-Discovery are added to ensure the applications are secure and meet various compliance requirements.

Graphs – Everything you do inside the Office 365 Suite is captured as a signal for content discovery across applications.

Groups – You can create groups made up of internal or external users, and then collaborate with the same group and access products in the Office 365 Suite.
Teams is already a part of the Microsoft Group, thus making all your data and communications accessible through Microsoft

Graph and Office 365’s centralized governance and management console. This is where Teams makes integrating solutions easier for you – it belongs to a robust platform. You’re not signing up for the average stand-alone solution.

Microsoft Teams provides a versatile conversation experience. You will be able to enjoy persistent threaded conversations. Looking at it from a broader point of view, every conversation you have within Teams automatically becomes information assets and are saved. These assets are searchable via Microsoft Graph. These conversations are visible to everyone on your team, but you also have the option of launching private discussions.

Additionally, Team’s deep Skype integration brings you video and voice capabilities plus a wide variety of modern visual communication tools that will help increase engagements with your team members. You are able to communicate with items like GIFs, stickers, emojis, and custom memes.

The ability to meet virtually is an important and cost-effective feature for businesses today. Teams gives you a view of your scheduled meetings, the timing, the subject, and a list of other persons who’ll be attending.

About 24 bots with a variety of functionalities are available to help increase productivity. There’s the T-Bot, which can answer most basic and frequently asked questions about Teams, Polly Bot for polling co-workers, Statsbot for delivering scheduled reports via sources, such as Salesforce and Google Analytics, and Growbot, which allows the exchange of kudos with your co-workers.

When you become a full member of an Office 365 Group, you experience the full depth and breadth of Office 365: PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Planner, OneNote, SharePoint, Delve, and Power BI. Teams was constructed around the idea of leveraging the maximum capability of Microsoft Graph. So, your workgroups and teams can have the ability to share insights, intelligence, and data anywhere within the Office 365 suite.

Available on both Android and iOS (audio only), Teams provides a simple and easy-to-use app that allows you to chat with your team via text, have a voice conversation, or a video meeting.

Teams gives you a platform with options for extensibility and open APIs with general availability. Through the leveraging of Microsoft Exchange’s Connector model, Teams can provide you with updates and notifications from third-party services like GitHub and Twitter.

Security is another area in which Microsoft Teams stands apart from its competitors and ensures your peace of mind. You will always be provided with cutting-edge security and compliance capabilities when you use any of Office 365’s platform services. Your data is encrypted while in transit and at rest. Teams and all other Office 365 services meet compliance standards including ISO 27001, HIPPA. SOC 2 and the EU Model Clauses. Teams is also a part of Microsoft’s global network of data centers which is said to have a transparent operational model. Your Teams account is provisioned within Office 365 and managed via the Admin console.

Windows Virtual Desktop
Windows Virtual Desktop makes it easy to access your desktop from anywhere because it is stored on a remote server, rather than being installed on a single device. You can access all Windows applications, programs, email, and data that are stored on the virtual desktop, no matter where you are. And this means you can sit at home and work as usual, no matter what is happening in the world.

Hosted on Azure, WVD is the only virtual desktop that has been created for Windows 10 and optimizes Office 365 ProPlus. It offers a multi-session Windows experience, and once deployed, you can easily access it using any browser.

WVD:

Windows Virtual desktop allows multiple users to connect to the same virtual machine and have a virtual session together
- Makes it possible for a user using a local desktop to also log into a virtual desktop
- Is inexpensive
- Offers the same enhanced, multi-layered security Azure provides, with a private VPN network so employees can access sensitive data and information
- WVD offers full flexibility and the ability to maintain continuity of work, whether an employee is stuck home with a sick child or forced into isolation due to a pandemic.

Through Teams we are still able to process you inquires and provide supoport.
call us to learn more: 0097142265589

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