August 06, 2021

Microsoft Viva – What is it? How can I plan for it?

Microsoft Viva is a wave of new products referred to as modules that are truly the killer apps of Teams. These 4 new modules plug right into your Teams environment to provide rich employee engagement. Join MVP Joel Oleson and Power Platform Architect Chris Barber as they deliver a series of free Viva based webinars focused on helping you ramp up on Viva and help you “Vivafy” your Microsoft 365 environment.

You need to prepare for Viva Connections by getting your Intranet and Corp Communications strategy and environment ready. Some may still be running in “Classic” mode or not even have their intranet and corporate news in the M365 SharePoint Online cloud yet. The user experience is much improved with modern, classic is a poor experience in Teams with Viva Connections. We’ll discuss a number of things in this webinar to help you get ready for Viva.

  • Information Architecture – Hubs, Global Navigation (prepare for app bar)
  • Design your audience targeting strategy
  • PowerShell scripts to prep your M365 SharePoint Environment with the root site, and setting your Official news
  • Refresh and Update your branding header, footer and site designs including creating Viva Connections icons
  • You’ve heard of Hubify, Teamify… now it’s time to Vivafy!

Viva Topics also has a number of things you can do to prep your environment including adding acryonmys and any seed taxonomy. The new modern termstore has a number of enhancements including more to come with improvements in search, search connectors and Microsoft graph.

Microsoft Viva modules. Powered by the full breadth and depth of Microsoft 365, Viva is experienced through Microsoft Teams and the other Microsoft 365 apps you use every day. For now, Microsoft Viva includes four modules—Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Learning, and Viva Topics—with more on the way.

  • Viva Topics uses AI to automatically organize company-wide content and expertise, making it easy to discover information and put knowledge to work.
  • Viva Connections is a gateway for your digital workplace. It provides a curated, company-branded experience that brings together relevant news, conversations, and other resources.
  • Viva Learning centralizes your learning resources in Teams to help you quickly discover and share learning content across your organization.
  • Viva Insights gives individuals, managers, and leaders personalized and actionable privacy-protected insights to improve productivity and wellbeing. Viva Insights (personal insightsmanager insights, and leader insights)

Viva are all modules inside of Microsoft Teams. Viva Connections is NOT your intranet. It is the plumbing with some new features to enhance the experience.

Platform extensibility. Designed to be an open and extensible platform with a strong and growing ecosystem of partners, Microsoft Viva is easy to integrate with the systems and tools your company already has in place. Integrations with Microsoft 365, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and third-party products and services can deliver a complete employee experience in the flow of your everyday work. For example, you can build custom web parts for your home site and topic pages using the SharePoint Framework and you can use adaptive cards for your Viva Connections dashboard to expose specific content and target the right employees with the right resources. 

Join us for two upcoming exciting and educational webinars:

Introducing Microsoft Viva

Microsoft announced Viva in February 2021, it is a movement toward employee experience that brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights. Powered by Microsoft 365 and experienced primarily through Microsoft Teams. Viva fosters a culture where people and teams are empowered to be their best from anywhere. Viva itself has four main components: – Viva Connections – as the enabler for plugging your SharePoint Intranet into Teams formerly known as Teams Home Site App. – Viva Topics – one of the products from the Project Cortex initiative. It is focused on connecting knowledge and experts. – Viva Insights  – delivers focus on employee engagement with consideration for health and wellbeing. – Viva Learning is an aggregation of your skilling across the enterprise with LMS platform integration and just-in-time delivery in the your Teams. We’ll dive into each of these tools and help you better understand availability, licensing, and enterprise positioning and roadmap. Audience: Marketing, Communications, HR IT, IT Managers, Directors, Microsoft 365 Admins, and Teams Administrators Level: 100 & 200 : Introduction and Assumes Basic Microsoft Teams Experience

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Tue, Aug 10, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

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“VIVAFY” Your SharePoint Intranet with Teams and Viva

Most companies are using Teams for chat, meetings, and basic collaboration.  SharePoint Online has been a neglected investment who have invested in Microsoft 365 with many companies still running their Intranets in classic or even in SharePoint on premise.  What is to be done?

How do you take advantage of this Viva wave? Agenda: In this session we’ll break down the tactical steps to take your SharePoint Intranets in whatever phase you are in, into your modern Teams environment for an improved experience. Some may simply be ready to create the powershell package and get Viva Connections deployed to take advantage of the app bar, search, and targeting, but others will need to prepare and should prepare.  Here are some of the topics: – Get Your Intranet, Corporate Communications and Org News to Modern SharePoint Online – Design your Branding, Header/Footer, Site Design & Look Strategy – Design your Global Navigation, Information Architecture, and Hubs – Create and Deploy Powershell Package including Icons – Set your Root site and Official News – Manage your Taxonomy, M365 Groups, and Audience Targeting

Audience: Marketing, Communications, HR IT, IT Managers, Directors, Microsoft 365 Admins, and Teams Administrators Level: 100 & 200 Introduction and Assumes Basic Microsoft Teams Experience

Tue, Aug 17, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

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These webinars are hosted by TeamsHUB by Cyclotron and will feature demos from the popular Microsoft 365 Governance and Management tool for Teams, SharePoint, and more. TeamsHub can help you automate provisioning, archiving, ownership, compliance, security considerations and notifications for change management.

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