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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you currently use Skype for Business or Office 365, you have probably heard that Microsoft is planning to replace Skype. The heir apparent to that program is Teams. As both a Microsoft partner and a user of the program, we can tell you that there is nothing to fear and so much to gain in making the switch to Teams. Read below to see why we recommend teams. It really does score a home run![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

About Microsoft Teams

Skype currently offers screen sharing and quick chatting (instant messaging), among other capabilities. Those same capabilities are also available in Teams as is so much more. Because every team is unique, Teams is designed to allow people to communicate and collaborate with purpose-built, integrated applications.

Teams allows for multiple channels to be created and conversations to flow from top to bottom while notifying users of updates. If users need a face-to-face conversation, with a single click they can easily start a video chat with other channel team members.

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Office and Dynamics 365 Integrations

Unlike other chat platforms like Atlassian’s HipChat and the popular Slack, Teams is fully integrated with Microsoft’s full suite of 365 applications. Your favorite apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Planner, and Power BI are all able to be accessed from Teams. Therefore, any spreadsheets, documents, etc. that are being shared with the Team are synced with a copy stored in cloud storage on OneDrive and within SharePoint. This allows for team members to always be using the most current version of the content. It also has collaborative editing features that allows multiple team members to be inside the content at the same time making edits in real time together.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When you create a team, you get a corresponding Office 365 group, which includes a group inbox and calendar in Outlook. Although you can’t post messages or view channel conversations from Outlook, the Outlook group provides an email address people from outside the team can use to send email to the entire Team.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]Our customers, Member based organizations, are most excited about this feature As of the April 2019 release, Microsoft is including the Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement app for Microsoft Teams.  Now, users of teams can access their Dynamics 365 application right from within Teams.  This will now enable you to collaborate on and view your association management data like who your most/least engaged members are without ever leaving Teams! Collaboration between people in the membership or event teams can work directly with the education team to collaborate on mutual initiatives at the same time.  This collaboration can be a game changer for departments like the events teamMicrosoft Teams combined with Dynamics 365|Altai AMS provides your organization with an Association Business Platform allowing staff to collaborate on membership, engagement, events, logistics, registrations, sponsorship, speakers, etc. all in one place. 

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Cool Features

But wait, there’s more! Teams boasts some incredibly useful functions and features that can take your Association’s collaborations to an even higher level. Here are the top two:



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Teams Beyond Microsoft

Teams collaborative capacities extend beyond Microsoft specific apps. At its inception, Teams started with over 70 Connectors and 85 Bots that allows it to communicate with non-Microsoft apps. Connectors can currently push updates from Trello, GitHub, MailChimp, and more to Teams’ channels. That number continues to grow as the platform grows.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Microsoft Teams adoptions and features are growing at a rapid rate. There was a recent Spiceworks survey that examined the adoption and perceptions of collaborative chat applications. “The results show that while Skype for Business continues to hold the number one spot with 44 percent of businesses currently using it, Microsoft Teams has secured the number two spot just two years after launch.” In fact, Teams is also set for faster growth than Slack over the next two years.


To maximize Team’s power and potential, your association should consider an Association Business Platform built within Microsoft’s own Dynamics platform. Altai Systems is that system. Contact us today to learn how these tools can help your organization better collaborate and achieve goals you never thought possible.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_cta h2=”Interested in Seeing Teams in Action?” h4=”Check out how Teams can Improve Your Association’s Collaboration” style=”3d” color=”blue”]If you enjoyed this article, then check out the recording of our webinar, Improving Association Collaboration & Operations with Microsoft Teams. This webinar explored the Microsoft Teams app and how its top features can improve your association staff’s engagement and productively across multiple diverse channels. Please complete the form below, and you will receive a link to view the recording.