How Microsoft Teams overtook Slack in one year

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Microsoft Teams had been launched globally in March 2017. Since the beginning, only a few companies believed in his potential and invested in its adoption. At that time, when talking about collaboration hub or enterprise network, all the attention was on Slack, that was seen by many as THE enterprise social network. But one year later, are things still the same?


Doubtless, 2018 has been a great year for Microsoft Teams. Its success was slowly, but always growing. Nowadays, Teams is the fastest growing Microsoft app ever. Moreover, numbers are pretty clear. Statistics show a peak on the number of Teams users and more and more companies around the globe are moving towards Teams, literally the collaboration app of the future.

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The success of Teams is due to its visually attractive layout, its easy to use functionalities and similarities with other social networks, to which people are used. All this makes Teams very user-friendly, easy to use thanks to the integrations with other apps (SharePoint, Skype for Business, Outlook, To-Do, just to mention some). At Microsoft Ignite, Teams was the real protagonist and so in many other international events. And the market follows. In just one year we can say that Teams revolutionized the way of working, meeting and collaborating all over the world and more is yet to come.

Slack vs Teams

Slack is a well-known team collaboration hub. Slack success was related to the messaging functionality within a team, video calls, the possibility to store and share information and file, the integrations with a lot of enterprise apps, a free version for small teams and a very easy user adoption. But, nowadays, Teams also does all this. And even more.  The result? Officially, Teams overtook Slack per number of users.

slack vs teams

According to a new survey of 901 organizations across North America and EMEA from SpiceWorks, Microsoft’s aggressive strategy with Teams seems to work: 21% of all surveyed organisations were using Microsoft Teams as of November 2018, compared to 15% for Slack. Despite Teams closing the feature gap with Skype for Business this year, the latter is still being used by 44% of organisations, up 8% compared to two years ago.

teams overtakes slack

“The rise in the use of Microsoft Teams is likely influenced by the fact that it’s available at no additional cost to Office 365 users. And considering more than half of businesses use Office 365, it’s enticing organizations to give Teams a try. And while Slack offers a free version, functionality is limited, and organizations must pay a monthly per-user fee for a fully-featured version of the app,” explained Peter Tsai, Senior Technology Analyst at Spiceworks.

Microsoft Teams User Adoption: Plans for the future

The same survey cited before highlights the provision that Microsoft Teams is expected to experience the biggest growth over the next two years: 41% of organisations are expected to use the app by the end of 2020, compared to 18% for Slack. If this will turn true, we can expect Microsoft Teams adoption rates to be twice as high as Slack’s. At Microsoft Ignite 2018 it has been released the number of active users of Microsoft Teams: more than 329,000 organizations were using Teams worldwide, including 87 of the Fortune 100 companies. Big numbers that are destined to grow exponentially.

Silverside is experienced in user adoption strategies for Office 365 and Microsoft Teams specifically. The modern workspace is in Teams. The future is in Microsoft Teams. And we are here to help you be part of this future.

Download our e-Book Change made easy for Office 365: Wanting to use instead of having to and find out how we can help you to embrace Microsoft Teams and overcome the barriers of change.


More User Adoption, Less Technology

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Last week, 26-29 November, the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference 2018 took place in Copenhagen, at the Bella Centre. Silverside joined the event as one of the sponsors and our team was there to participate in the sessions and manage our booth.
Needless to say that it has been a great experience, difficult to describe with words.

ESPC 2018


Office365 and Copenhagen

More than 2,000 participants from the IT world representing almost 70 companies all around the world met in the Bella Center. This was an extraordinary opportunity to enlarge Silverside’s network and gain new insights from the market and the newest tendencies. Having the possibility to discuss our methodology and products with many professionals was an enriching experience from which we learned a lot.

Silverside team ESPC


We had also the great possibility to have contacts and interview amazing people who shared their insights, feedback and point of view about the conference (wait a moment, we are working on editing the videos and writing the blogs!).
But the ESPC 2018 has not only been about networking and exchange of perspectives and ideas. A big part of the conference was dedicated to keynotes, sessions, labs and events. Specifically, six keynotes were held by Microsoft experts. Among these, we found this particularly interesting:
SharePoint, Microsoft 365 and the modern workplace” presented by Jeff Teper (CVP, Office, SharePoint and OneDrive, Microsoft, USA) and Dan Holme (Director of Product Marketing for SharePoint, Yammer and Stream, Microsoft, USA). But the themes of the keynotes were all very interesting, ranging from cybersecurity to engaging solutions for Office 365, Azure and the workloads, Artificial Intelligence.
Almost 100 speakers presented super interesting sessions about Office 365, SharePoint and other apps combing their knowledge with experience and the latest trends like roadmaps, user adoption etc. The number of sessions was really high and it is not possible to list them all.

What we enjoyed: Office 365, user adoption and change management

But, Silverside particularly enjoyed the session held by Christian Buckley “Navigating the Inner and Outer Loops of Office 365”. Finally, a proper session dedicated to the user adoption of Office 365 apps, that addressed the scary question: “When do I use what?”

Christian Buckley


Moreover, what we really liked about his session was the opening. He opened indeed the session showing the coloured bricks of Insights, referring to how important it is to know the company culture and the character, attitudes and ways of working of a team. Indeed, different teams or departments may have different ways of working, different colours (blue, green, yellow, red). knowing this allows finding better ways of collaboration and better tools.
Another point who made us love Christian is because he referred to the inner and outer loops of Office 365, meaning our ME-WE-KEY methodology that answers the question “when to use what”.
In conclusion, we loved this session so much because finally, a Microsoft expert talked to a SharePoint audience about company culture, change management and user adoption for Office 365, contributing in this way to spread awareness among these topics in a very “technical” community.

We, as Silverside, are experts in user adoption and change management for Office 365. However, these are hot topics that are nowadays missing recognition and attention from the market. Luckily the first signs are coming from Microsoft and some space has been dedicated to user adoption and change management also in this year’s ESPC conference. We were waiting for this moment for a very long time. However, what we experienced is that among the IT professionals there is a big need of user adoption strategies and methodologies (even though sometimes people are not aware that what they need is actually called “user adoption”) and they also expected that many sessions would have talked about user adoption for Office 365. Well, the ESPC 2018 met only partially their and our expectations. We hope that next year the ESPC will have a separate track dedicate exclusively to user adoption and change management of Office 365. But for this year, we can close this blog about ESPC with the sentence: “More user adoption and less technology!”

Download our PACE whitepaper to know more about our methodology to boost the user adoption of Office 365 and make your productivity rocket!

My first week using Microsoft Teams mobile app

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My first week using Microsoft Teams mobile app

A couple of weeks ago I got a new phone and I decided to download the Microsoft Teams Mobile App. For one week, I monitored and observed how the working experience with the Teams Mobile App was changing, highlighting the positive and negative micro-changes. My experience is recorded in this blog.

First Actions

microsoft teams mobile appIt is of course very easy to download the Teams App for mobile. Since I have an iPhone, I went to the App Store and downloaded the free Teams App.

An important step after the download is completed, is to insert the credentials of your organization to sign in. After that, you can start working and using the full potential of Teams. So, one positive aspect is certainly the fact that it is extremely easy to set up and get started!

What’s more, if you are using Teams in different organizations, also in your mobile app you can easily switch among different accounts.

In addition, if you do not have an organization account, you can also use the Microsoft Teams Mobile App for free as a private user, but in this case, the functionalities are limited.

Everything you had on your desktop app will be on your mobile!

microsoft teams mobile app

Another important point is that, once you signed in with your organization account, you will find everything you had on your desktop app, on your mobile. This includes files, documents, chats, conversations, teams, meetings, calendar, calls, contacts. Nothing will be missing!

The look and feel will be a little bit different, but according to me, on the mobile app the layout is visually attractive and well organized in a way that helps you visualize your chats and teams, having everything at hand in your phone screen.



Stay connected, stay productive!

We all know that nowadays especially, our phones are becoming an extension of our hands, part of our body. We spend an incredible amount of time using our mobiles and it is rare that an hour passes by without even taking a look at our screen to check the notifications we received. Well, I can quantify the amount of time I spend on my phone by looking at the “Screen time” functionality on my iPhone. According to the analytics of the app, I spend an average of 4 hours on my phone. Have you ever paid attention to how much you spend on your mobile? Well, if not, I advise you to do that.

addiction to phone

Anyway, if we are constantly bringing with us our phone wherever we go and on every occasion, the same cannot be said for our laptop or PC. This is also one of the reasons why I decided to download the Teams mobile app. Since my main channel of communication has become Microsoft Teams (and not emails, great achievement !), having Teams only on my laptop was causing me some communication problems and issues.

Indeed, using Teams desktop version on my PC did not allow me to check always my teams and chats and what was going on on Teams. Many times happened that I missed important conversations. Because of the fact that I was out of the office, without my laptop with me, I saw the notifications only hours or days later. As a consequence, I had to read and go through hundreds of messages, I lost the possibility to express my ideas and I lost the flow of the conversation, feeling actually excluded from that necessary (but not planned) brainstorming session with my marketing team.

Moreover, it really takes time to read an entire conversation, stay updated on the decisions and take the required actions if you are arriving late and losing the momentum. Since I am checking my emails only once a day, the email I was receiving whenever people @ mention me, was not helpful to keep me updated on what was going on in Microsoft Teams across my teams.

productivity rocketBut using now the Teams mobile app helped me to solve these issues. First of all, with the app installed in your mobile, you receive push notifications everytime something happens, someone @mention you, reminders of meetings or calls and so on. Even though receiving a lot of notifications a day can be quite annoying, it doesn’t mean that everytime you see a notification of Teams on your phone you have to open the app. It is very handy for me to receive the notifications because just by taking a quick look at my screen, I can see the preview of what happened and decide the priority or importance of my notifications. In this way, you do not really risk to lose important conversations or actions to be taken with immediacy.

As a consequence, what I witnessed is that my personal productivity really rocketed since when I started using Microsoft Teams mobile app.

It looks like you are working with Facebook or WhatsApp…

Microsoft Teams as a social mediaWorking with Teams mobile app on my phone gives me the feeling I am not actually working. Due to the fact that the look of Teams mobile looks like other social media apps, I associate Teams with other social networks like Facebook or WhatsApp. This makes my work less hard and stressful since I am usually using these social networks apps during my free time to chat with friends or read interesting news. In this way, it is easier to work, because I do not have the feeling that I am busy and working when I am chatting with some clients or colleagues about job-related topics in Teams.

To sum up…

I advise everyone who is using Microsoft Teams as main teamwork and collaboration platform in his organization to start using Teams Mobile App. By doing this, you can:

  • Be more productive
  • Save time, be quick and immediate
  • Always up to date and informed about what happens
  • Have everything you had on your desktop app, on your phone
  • Use the same functionalities as Microsoft Teams desktop app
  • Work and collaboration in an easier and faster way
  • You can work wherever you want (in the train, metro, in a cafe…) without having to take your laptop with you (so no need to carry heavy bags with PC, charger, case etc)

I am really enthusiastic about Microsoft Teams Mobile App and it really helped me boost my personal productivity and improve collaboration and remote work.  This was at least my personal experience, but I am curious to hear your experience using Microsoft Teams Mobile App!

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Why training is not enough

The difference between learning a new trick and changing your way of working
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Allow me to paint you a familiar picture here. You’ve spent all this money on Office365. It’s there. People have access to all these cool features that will make their lives easier. So, there you are, feeling good about your management skills – you did give your team the proper means to succeed. But then months pass and this uncomfortable feeling creeps upon you that something is not right. Why are you still receiving a ton of emails? Why are there still a gazillion versions of the same document flying around? That’s when you encounter a small problem – no one is using the awesome tools you provided.

Where does that leave you? Great waste of money, great loss of benefits. Why can nobody see that? Using these tools will save us costs and effort in the long run, which we can then use to do other brilliant things. Bonus: you have the pleasure of being held accountable for this suboptimal situation.

The good news is that if you think this is situation is kind of problematic, then at least you’re heading in the right direction. But you’re not there yet.

Tooling is available. So far so good. But people are still showing the same behaviour as before, using exactly 3 of all the available tools and productivity isn’t rocketing. You’re feeling that you’re missing something here. Enter heuristics. Meaning shortcuts that we use to make sense of the world, to make it comprehensible. You’re feeling confused and lost, and feel that you do not have the required (and sufficient) knowledge to change this. An obvious shortcut that you can use here is deciding ‘We need some proper training so we will better understand and make use of the tooling’. (I want to know more about X à Let’s get some training from an expert in X.) If someone tells us where to click and where to look, we’ll be able to use our tooling for the better. Right?

The real question here is if this will make up for the wasted money and loss of benefits?

Best case scenario: usage will increase after the training for a short period of time. You can thank the ‘recency effect’ for that. Usage will increase because it’s top of mind. It will provide you with a couple of good night sleeps and you can het show some great figures to the board. But then you see people falling back into their old habits rapidly.

Wait. What?

The difference between using a tool and adopting a tool

How to use a tool is no rocket science. You can find tips and tricks everywhere. There’s a flood of trainers available that will tell you all about the ins and outs of your tool of choice. Click here, do this, share like that. What you’re doing here, is learning a new trick. You’re learning the ‘what’.

But how do you make it stick?

One-off trainings won’t do the trick. Training and learning should be an ongoing process. You don’t learn how to hit a single-handed backhand like Roger Federer after just one practice. Even if mister Federer himself would deliver the training. And there’s more to it than just learning how to do a trick. You have to be convinced about the added value for you. Why should you do it? Why will this single-handed backhand increase my wins?

Changing your way of working is not a trick. And it’s not (just) about the what. Changing behaviour, your way of working and habits, is all about the ‘why’ and ‘how’. It requires a change process that addresses the bigger picture and focuses on long term wins. Meaning that throwing some tools over the fence, flood people with opportunities and one-off trainings won’t bring you all the benefits you were hoping for.

You’ll need a well-defined, comprehensive plan that will get you from a proper preparation to a solution and way of working that becomes the new normal. It’s complex. The goal is to make this change easier. Don’t overwhelm people with complexity and a lack of perceived added value.

Luckily, you don’t need to do all of this alone. You can still rely on the experts to help you and provide direction. My colleagues and me spend a lot of time trying to make change easy for you. Our PACE methodology is designed to do exactly this. It will help increase user adoption, rather than tool usage. Through 4 phases; Prepare, Activate, Capitalize and Enhance, you’ll have a clear roadmap on how to make change last in your organization.

If you want to know more about our PACE methodology, download the whitepaper here.

A SharePoint developer's perspective on Microsoft Teams workshops

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Jovita Elzbutaite, SharePoint Developer 

In July Silverside invited our friends, partners, and colleagues for two exclusive Office 365 workshops: Collaborate as a Team and Co-authoring documents. From our long experience of working with our customers, we see that most companies are struggling with the adoption of new technologies and new ways of working. Since many organizations are migrating to Office 365 products we see that IT department still has questions about the real effective use of Office 365. Hence, our senior consultant Sasja Beerendonk invited her colleagues and…
explore the new ways of collaborating together. Jovita Elzbutaite is a SharePoint developer in an Amsterdam-based company and she was one of the participants of the workshop “Collaborate as a Team. Jovita agreed to share her experience in participating in the workshop ‘’Collaborate as a team’’.

Q: Did your current employee already have Office 365 when you joined the company?
A: I started working in the period when the company just started working with Office 365, so I witnessed the migration process. They user SharePoint 2010 on premises before.

Q: So your company did a migration by the time you joined it, how was it?

A: It was a huge project because my organization has 40.000 users all over the world, so it was a big project. But I personally was involved in the SharePoint part. For example in The Netherlands they had SharePoint 2010 and they wanted to put Office 365 and I helped in this part, so I didn’t work in email migration, but I know that it was quite a difficult work in terms of making the end users to use the new platform. And migration is still going on, it is not finished because we use Office 365 in almost 40 countries, but we also have several countries that have their own Office 365 and now they need to migrate for their O 365 to ours, to have one global environment. Hence, the process is still in progress.

Q: Why do you think people are resistant to go to Teams?
A: Simply because it is a new tool, and they are so used to use emails that is difficult to change their habits.

Q: Being a SharePoint professional, what can you say about working in Teams? What is your opinion? Do you like this tool? Can you see the value?
A: Absolutely! The first positive thing I am seeing is that users can manage everything themselves, they don’t need to go to admin to ask to create a SharePoint site. They go to Teams instead, that is more user-friendly. They don’t need to do any complicated things. And this is easy, an advantage.

Q: Why did you decide to participate in Silverside’s workshop? 

A: Because I was curious about how other companies are using Microsoft Teams.

Q: Could you tell me what did you like about the workshop? And maybe you have also some suggestions on where we can improve it?
A: Well, the first impression was great! I loved the environment was very cozy. I like the way your colleagues accept and welcome people, this is very important for a person to feel comfortable, not stressed. And the big plus goes how it was organized.
The way how Sasja presented Teams was not for IT specialist, was for the end users, easy to follow and not too technical.
I see it as a very positive thing, you do not need to be an IT specialist to understand the workshop and so to understand how to work with Teams and why this tool is useful.
I would say that the workshop answers the question of why you should use Teams instead, what are the benefits. And the presentation was just great, the presenters did a good job and I liked the structure a lot. We had our hands on, to try to log in and use teams by ourselves within all team. So we saw and experienced by ourselves how easy it is to communicate in Teams and to work together on the same file at the same time, having also video conferences.

Q: What can be improved when talking and presenting Teams to people?
A: Well, from my perspective I would like to know more examples from other companies. How they are dealing with Teams and how they introduce it within the whole organization. What kind of problems they encounter.  I remember the presenter gave a few examples from other companies, but I want to have more. Learning from other experience is always nice!

Q: What did you learn?
A: Well.. definitely about new features in Teams.

Q: What are the benefits that the workshop brought to you?
A: for me, it was very useful! In our company, we need to use Teams, but it is not an easy task to do so. People don’t want to do changes, they have all these questions and I need to give recommendations and help users to work in Teams. For me it was such a useful workshop, I have more ideas now how to help.  This training gives some good insights on how to show people the benefits of Teams and how to encourage them to use it.

Q: Did you talk to someone about this workshop? What did you tell?
A: The day I went back to work I was telling my colleagues about my experience. We have some difficulties to encourage people to use Teams, but these workshops gave me a good overview of why people should explore Teams. It is obviously a great tool, but users are lacking in communication about Teams and they need more explanation. I hear people saying ‘’let’s just wait’’, ‘’maybe Teams is not ready yet’. I do believe that Teams is ready.

Q: For whom you would recommend these workshops?
A: I would definitely recommend these to my colleagues… Teams is a daily work, they need some time to learn more about it. This is why we still don’t go completely to Teams. But I hope we will within the next few months. So I would say these workshops would suit for all my colleagues because all for them have to use Teams.

Q: How the workshop can help?
A: People have questions about Teams and… they are too busy to Google and find the answers by themselves. I believe that if you give them an hour and you teach them it would be very useful, it would be a good onboarding action.

Q: What do you think is the best solution when employees have a question, they don’t know how to use the tool, but they still need to work with it? Because, of course, users have issues and they contact the IT support desk. 
A: This training would be a good start because it gives answers to the most common questions. But then a platform with the right content and information is needed, so people can search for the answers by themselves. You presented a new tool QuickHelp, that gives updated, relevant content for every user. From my experience, this is exactly what people need to feel secure while migrating and using new software. But this QuickHelp is handy for all users, no matter how good they are in using Office 365. People are a bit reluctant when you give them online resources. For some people it would work, but for the rest… you need to push them a little.
And also, it is a matter of time, managers should give some time for all employees to learn. Let’s say if they offer QuickHelp tool, users should schedule some time every day to learn about Office 365.

Q: What is your opinion about collaboration with office 365 tools?
A: I think there is nothing better than collaboration in Microsoft right now. I am very glad I was able to join your workshop, this definitely gave me so more ideas and perspectives while talking about Teams.

Jovita was involved in the migration to Office 365 process. From her experience, she knows that a migration to a new tool brings confusion to people. She believes that all employees need to have a proper introduction and training with the new technology and they also need some time to get used to a new, different way of working. Jovita thinks that these presentations and workshops are necessary when on-boarding people to Office 365 environment and says ‘’It is a perfect presentation that you need to give for all users when they are informed that they will work with Teams from now on. ‘’

Task management in Office 365: Use To-Do

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Surviving in nowadays’ modern work environment and digital workspace where technology, collaboration and productivity are higher than ever, is not an easy task. Technology enables us to be more productive at work, doing more things in less time. Tools and apps facilitate us to manage our daily work and collaboration reached a new era, with smart tools that allow people to work together remotely from everywhere in the world.  Well, I am also part of this working environment, exposed to all this technology and fast way of doing things, managing tasks, collaborating and much more. Sometimes I wonder: During my working day, which is the most difficult thing to do? The answer for me was: managing all the things that I have to do, simultaneously. In one word? TASKS.

Personal tasks

As I said before, technology comes to help when we are talking about planning and managing tasks for various projects. I am not just talking about your Outlook calendar, but something more than that. As almost all of you, readers, know, Microsoft Ignite 2018 took place in September and many announcements have been done. The protagonist of this conference was doubtless Microsoft Teams and all its new integrations with other apps. Following the on-demand sessions remotely, my interest was caught by a session of about thirty minutes
presented Simon Chan, senior program manager, about how to manage my personal tasks across Microsoft Office 365. 

And actually, this section answered my main concern: How can Office 365 help me manage all my daily tasks across different plans and projects?

Microsoft task ecosystem is complex. There is a multitude of tools for general purposes, tasks, work, project management that we can use in Microsoft Teams, Project Online, Planner, Outlook, OneNote, To-Do. And the possibilities are almost infinite. But this session focused specifically on managing your personal and individual tasks using the Office 365 app To-Do.

To-Do, your personal task manager

To-Do is basically your personal task manager that helps you manage your tasks every day across different platforms. Since today, in order to keep track of all these tasks happening everywhere, you needed to manually add them inside of To-Do. However, the vision of Microsoft is to put the user at the centre of the task management process, with control on all the tasks he is assigned to or has to accomplish.

Microsoft vision To-DoSo the plan is to capture all the tasks and requests across all the different apps and organize them in one single place: To-Do. Thanks to this, your productivity flow will highly benefit. But Microsoft is just at the beginning of the process to build this vision.

New Features in To-Do:

  • My Day: it is a daily to-do list that teaches you to focus and achieve your most important tasks every single day. Moreover, “suggestions” tasks completed in To-Dogives you an overview of everything you had to do, but haven’t done yet. It helps you to be really intentional about the tasks you want to achieve that day. And this tool really works. Microsoft, thanks to a research, found out that actually 75% of tasks within My day are completed.
  • Intune: Microsoft enabled support for Intune in To-Do. Intune is a cloud-based service in the enterprise mobility management (EMM) space that helps to distribute applications while keeping your corporate data protected. It’s quite surprising that the company’s task management application was not supported by this platform but now that this support will soon arrive, it will make it significantly easier for Intune customers to deploy the app.
  • List sharing: an easy way to collaborate on your listed tasks. A way to manage tasks in really small groups. You can share a list of tasks by creating a link and share it with the app you use the most (like Microsoft Teams). People who will receive the link are invited to join your list on To-Do. You can decide when to stop sharing your lists whenever you want.
  • Steps: You can use steps to add more structured details to your tasks. But what you can also do with steps is to add subtasks where you can break down larger tasks into smaller and more achievable steps.
  • Importance: A more permanent way to Dark mode in To-Domark some tasks with high priority. But it is also a simple way to prioritize across lists. And it stands out visually, grouping all high priority tasks in one simple overview.
  • Dark mode: It is available right now and you can have your To-Do app with a dark background. Everything has been studied properly in order to make visually attractive all your lists, tasks, priorities and highlights, despite the dark background.


To-Do new integrations across Microsoft Office 365

  • Outlook tasks integrationOutlook integration in To-Do is available now: when you add a task inside of To-Do it appears also in your Outlook tasks. Everything sinks one to one. This integration is really helpful for everybody who establishes workflow between their email and Outlook tasks. Now they can just add those tasks on the phone in their To-Do app.
  • Outlook Web Email Integration: your To-Do lists are integrated into your Outlook Web Email, so you can easily drag and drop tasks from your emails in your To-Do lists. This integration will also help you manage your inbox better and reduce the number of emails in your inbox while keeping track of all the tasks you are required to do. Moreover, you can manage your tasks while checking your emails without switching between different apps. Coming in late 2018.
  • Outlook Calendar Integration: with To-Do integrate into your Calendar, based on your lists of tasks and priorities, you can easily manage your calendar and block some time to focus and accomplish high priority tasks, without living your Calendar. Coming in late 2018.
  • Flagged emails: The way flagged emails work is very simple, but it is also an incredibly powerful tool. When you receive an email that requires you to take some actions, simply click the flag, go to the To-Do button on your Outlook, and you will find that flagged email directly on your To-Do list. Flagged emails work across all Outlook clients. Coming in late 2018.

Planner integration in To-Do

  • Planner and To-Do: Planner is the place to go for all your team work management. In Planner it happens that you are assigned a lot of tasks. And to see all your tasks within Planner, you have a window called “My tasks”. However, what if you want to see in one place your Planner tasks, together with all your other tasks (like from your Outlook or other apps)? The answer to this is the integration of Planner in To-Do. This integration will be rolled out in spring 2019.


With these new features and integrations, Microsoft makes To-Do a more usable and flexible task management app. It seems that To-Do will become THE hub for task management, while Microsoft Teams is the hub for collaboration. If you want to know about the new features of Microsoft Teams announced during Microsoft Ignite 2018, read the blog Microsoft Ignite 2018: Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork.

Microsoft Ignite 2018: Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork

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Microsoft Ignite 2018 returned to Orlando this year for another news-packed week. The company’s largest event for IT and enterprise developers saw its doors open to more than 26,000 people from 100 different countries.

Microsoft Igite 2018

During the event, many announcements about Microsoft and Office 365 apps have been done. In this blog, we have summarized the main announcements and new features regarding Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork. During the session “What’s new in Microsoft TEAMS the hub for teamwork” held by Angela Donohue Group Product Marketing Manager and Marc Pottier Group Manager, the newest features and main future directions of Microsoft Teams have been presented.

A changing modern workplace

As a matter of facts, nowadays we are living in a changing modern place. We are becoming more “social” at work and we use more and more mobile apps. Indeed, according to Microsoft,  45% of employees and workers use social tools at work. Diversity is another keyword to describe the current work environment, since 5 generations are working together in the workforce. Companies are global and there are no boundaries for the businesses. As a consequence, the trend or remote workers is expected to increase, reaching a peak in 2020, when  72% of workers will be remotely. At work, we are more team based and collaborative, since 80% of employee time is spent collaborating. In response to these changing modern trends, Microsoft Teams is evolving to offer companies and organizations all around the world the perfect solution to work in a smarter and more collaborative way in the modern work environment.

changing modern workpalce


Teams is the fastest growing business app in Microsoft history

During Microsoft Ignite 2017 Microsoft presented highlights like Guest Access for External Users, Command Box, Cloud Recording, Direct Routing, Inline Message translation and these were just few examples…. And always in 2017, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Teams will become the single client eventually replacing Skype for Business. Now, Microsoft Teams is ready to become Microsoft primary business communication platform!

Microsoft Teams

Skype for Business Online features have been delivered in Microsoft Teams. New customers should just jump straight to Teams and for existing customers there are resources available to help with planning upgrades for Microsoft Teams. Customers that have not yet tried out Teams can access a free version of Microsoft Teams to try an introductory experience. The free version of Microsoft Teams is now available worldwide in 40 languages and includes unlimited chat messages and search, built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups and teams.

Be more productive with powerful new tools for meetings

At Microsoft Ignite, Smarter Meetings with Microsoft Teams has definitely been the focus of many sessions. Microsoft Teams, with the new features and functionalities, will help employees and team workers to stay productive and connected throughout the meeting lifecycle.

  • Scheduling meeting in Teams: There are many ways to schedule meetings in Teams. For example, using Outlook, you can now invite people outside your organization to join your teams meeting, only remember to add them as guests before the meeting starts. But now you can also schedule a meeting directly in the context of a thread. The advantage is that if you are working in your team and discussing around an issue with your team member, you can directly reply to him with a meeting or video call.
  • Background blur: Now, all Teams customers can remove distractions and focus your video on what matters most. Indeed, it is already available the functionality to blur your screen background during a meeting, so only you are visible (and not your messy living room if you are attending the meeting from home).
  • Meeting recording: Meetings are no longer just a point in time experience. With meeting recording in Teams, you or other invitees who missed the meeting can playback recorded audio, video and content at any time. Pull up a transcript, powered by Microsoft Stream, and search for keywords so you can optimize your time while getting caught up. And it is also indexed, so if you want to search for a particular topic, you can type the topic you want to hear about and Teams will display the moments when, during the meeting, that specific topic had been addressed. Same thing if you are only interested in one person’s speech in particular. You will just jump right to that point. This is very useful if you only missed one part of the meeting or if you are interested only in that part. You don’t need to listen to the entire meeting anymore.
  • Meeting notes: You can type in notes as you are in the meeting, you will see what the notes are and they get posted back into the channel instantly after the meeting is over.
  • Power point sharing: Share your content and open up a presentation during a meeting online. Join this meeting with the presentation simultaneously with your phone. And participants can even navigate through the slides privately, read ahead or look back to review something they missed.


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Collaborate as a(n) (international) team

  • Instant translation: Everybody in Microsoft Teams can communicate in their own language, and Microsoft Teams will automatically translate the text for you. Everybody can communicate in the language they are more familiar, no matter where you are in the world. How handy is this functionality, especially if you are involved in an international project? If your Chinese colleague writes a message in your team in Chinese, you don’t have to take Chinese classes to read and understand it! Teams will do the job for you! We are enthusiast about this feature, but we also wonder how accurate the translations will be…With Microsoft Teams collaboration is pushed to the limit! Our principle whitepaper Collaborate as a Team can give you more insights on how to boost collaboration in your organization using Office 365.

Finding expertise

  • Who: In Teams there is the functionality that allows you to know what people are talking about in chats. In the search bar loaded up with capabilities, there is also Who. You can ask the question “Who knows about CRM?” Who will look at all the messages and chats that you have and he will retrieve a set of people that know about that particular topic more than others? In this way, you can quickly and easily find the right person with the right expertise you are looking for. Finding the right person who can answer your question in an easy way can save you much time. For a deeper approach on how to profile expertise and find the right people with Office 365 tools, check Silverside whitepaper Profiling Expertise.

Empower workers in all roles and across industries

Microsoft is extending the power of Teams with new experiences that are tailored to industry-specific and role-based workflows. There are more than 2.5 billion first-line workers worldwide – including factory workers, store clerks, and electricians, among other roles. Why should they be excluded by the benefits of Microsoft Teams for their productivity?

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  • Home is a new mobile experience that allows first-line workers to see at a glance the most important and relevant info for their day. With Home, first-line workers can clock in and out of shifts/breaks, receive important notes for the day or shift, find out who is working during the shift and save time by easily reviewing information and schedule.
  • Shifts enables first-line managers to plan schedules in an employee self-service and integrated experience. They can create, update and distribute schedules for teams as well as broadcast open and unfilled shifts so that other employees can cover them. Finally, they can review and accept time off requests and swap shifts – all from mobile. For first-line employees, they can swap/offer shifts and request time off, right from their phones.

Teams for the entire organization

  • Introducing SharePoint & Teams Integration: SharePoint is being integrated even closer with Microsoft Teams. This means you will be able to see all the file use and customer use you have created in SharePoint in a surface in Teams. This will help you blend all your business practices in Teams. This will provide a consistent developer and user experience, regardless of whether your code is hosted in the cloud or within an organization via SharePoint.
  • Live events: You can create a new meeting and name it a “live event” and add some people. This will be a live event of one person or more people to many and it will scale up to 10.000 participants. So for example, if you are hosting a webinar you can do that in Teams. You can define who is the producer, who are the presenters and you can choose who you can present to (a specific group of people or it could be public), you can decide if the video afterwards will be recorded, available on demand and so on.
  • Replicate your best Team’s experience with Templates: Found a team setup that works best for a type of project or work style? You, as an admin, soon will be able to easily create new teams based on best practices and lessons learned by leveraging a new REST endpoint as part of the Microsoft Graph API. With Team Templates, you’ll be able to pre-define a team’s channels, apps, and tabs that can help you easily create consistent teams across your organization. You can also define team settings and auto-favorite channels, allowing your team owners to focus on collaborations rather than spending time setting up the team.  All other users, for now, can create a team based on an existing one, without having to start from zero. However, only admins will be able to create proper teams templates.

Webinar: Insight into Sales Meetings Done Smarter: Meeting Notes with Microsoft Teams and OneNote

Last week our senior consultant Sasja Beerendonk held a webinar Insight into Sales Meetings Done Smarter: Meeting Notes with Microsoft Teams and OneNote
The workshop was focused on insights into how to do sales meetings smarter sharing the real-life experience of an international Silverside customer Omron Healthcare. She presented the concrete methodology used to help the customer achieve what they needed regarding sales meetings.
Silverside philosophy teaches that first, you should learn how to use in the best way the tools you already have to work smarter. However, sometimes, from Silverside working practice we see that this is one of the most challenging actions for users in a process of changing the way of working.

In the specific case of Omron Healthcare, an international client spread out across EMEA, the sales organization wanted better insights from meetings held with large customers or resellers of their products.
They needed more alignment between the regions and countries sales meetings. The current practice meant each regional or even sub-regional team had their own way of working, with many different forms of meeting notes taking, in many different formats (Word, Excel, paper-based, or other forms), and in many locations (laptop hard drives, shared network drives). Consequently, there was no single place to be able to find all sales meeting notes.
The solution? Using OneNote notebooks in each channel in Microsoft Teams where salespeople share their meeting notes for that region. Subsequently, each regional notebook is set up, with section groups, sections, and pages.
By watching this webinar, you will be able to learn practical Office 365 Client Use Case and specifically, centralizing sales meeting notes with Teams and OneNote.
Moreover, you will know more about how to design the Team channels and tabs, structure the OneNote notebook with specific access rights for section groups and using page templates. Lastly, another key benefit that this webinar offers is concrete information on how salespeople went through training, and what typical current behaviour was though to tackle.

The entire webinar has been recorded and can be watched for free just by creating a free account through this link:

Insight into Sales Meetings Done Smarter: Meeting Notes with Microsoft Teams and OneNote

How to reduce the cost of a user adoption strategy?

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Time is money. Said Benjamin Franklin and he was right. Especially nowadays.

If you think about your work day and all the activities and tasks you have completed… so many things need to be done in a short period of time. user adoption
Indeed, time is precious, so we have to use it in the right way. Hence, managing your time in a productive way, is critical. This is why people are looking for better options and solutions that can allow them to be more efficient. If you are working with your colleagues, which tool is the best for communicating and collaborating? No matter if you are working alone or in a team, time is always precious and working efficiency is always a priority.


How can organizations deal with this challenging demanding environment?

Technology comes to help. For example, Microsoft Office 365 tools are giving new modern ways of working. They enable employees to be more productive, more efficient while collaborating more.
But what happens when these tools are so new for employees? This brings big changes to their working environment and daily routines. And when it actually happens, people are stressed twice: how to meet their deadlines while learning how to work with the new tools?
In general, employees are always stressed about new technologies coming into their workplace. They are worried about how disruptive this will be for them. Usually, they are worried and raising questions like: will I understand the new tools? will I be able to use and work with them?


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Of course, managers say that they try to help employees to get to know the new tools. They organize trainings, they hire external experts’ trainers, send employees to some workshops. However, much of these trainings are, unfortunately, worthless. According to McKinsey & Co. research, only 25% of respondents to a 2010 survey said that training improved employees’ performance.

And the fear about how the change will affect their job causes reluctance to use the tool or to know more about it, as a result, employee spend more time working on their task because working tools are new and they still haven’t developed skills how to use these tools efficiently. What is more, when tools are new users have to spend long hours in training instead of working on their actual tasks. Lastly, the IT environment is changing rapidly, so what happens…? What you have learned a months ago, can look different today.

Continuous leaning that doesn’t require a lot of time is needed

To encourage your employees to learn how to work with new tools, managers need to provide them with good quality, relevant, always updated learning content that is available at any time. Silverside presents an Office365 knowledgebase QuickHelp.

This is a cloud-based training solution for Office 365 users, that is accessible anywhere at any time, right from within your Office 365 App Launcher. This platform provides always updated information depending on user’s skills and needs
(from a non-advanced user to a very advanced and even technical user.) The majority of content is in short videos (1- 4 minutes) so it is easy to follow.
Every user can find answers to questions or learn something new by taking only less than 5 minutes every day. Using QuickHelp all user aroption employees can be guided with assigned learning paths. It offers a personalized account, where he/she can select learning videos based on their preferences regarding Office 365 apps. This learning platform provides up-to-date information so an advanced user can find new topics, meantime a beginner can follow the full program on a certain topic without having any information gaps.

The strength of QuickHelp is the ability to give personalized, relevant and timely content for its users.

QuickHelp aims at eliminating inapplicable, irreverent content and focuses on those Office 365 tools that you are using.
With this platform user are able to reach the information they need based on their previous knowledge, preferences and, role in the company. And QuickHelp is available 24/7 so employees do not need to sit in a training for long hours.
Join us at our FREE workshop “Office 365 training: 5 min per day to increase user adoption” where our experts will present the changes in the IT world, the changing role of the IT support desk and will introduce the new approach ‘’ fix problems and learn at the same time’’ with QuickHelp.

How to change user's behavior?

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We all have some behavior that we would like to change in ourselves or encourage others to change in a positive way. Sometimes we see the clear value of doing things differently, but for some reason, we do not change our behavior.

How do we start changing the behavior? For example, you want to quit eating candies. And so, you tell yourself ‘’ I have to stop eating candies otherwise, I will be fat.’’ So what we do here is trying to scare ourselves with the negativity that might happen to us and we think that this leads to making a change. And this tactic is very widely used not only by individuals but also in many organizations and institutions for example by a government saying ‘’ stop leave trashes otherwise you will live in a dirty neighborhood’’ or by healthcare institutions ‘’Stop smoking. Smoking kills’’

However, research shows that warnings have a little impact on changing behavior. According to Dr. Tali Sharot research, when we think about negative consequences we tend to ignore them because we are not completely sure if this (the negative scenario) will happen to us for real, we prefer to ignore negativity and so this emotion is not the best stimulation for a change. However, positive emotions are encouraging people to change says Dr. Tali Sharot. We like to feel that we achieved something positive, even though it is a small step.


This model works for every kind of changes and the business world is not an exception. Indeed, nowadays in the global market, only those companies that can adapt to fast changes will survive.
Doesn’t matter in which market or sector you work, you have to always be dynamic, grow and learn a lot. But this is definitely easier said than done.

How can organizations deal with this challenging environment? Technology can certainly help. For instance, Microsoft Office 365 tools are revolutionizing the way of working in many companies around the world. They enable employees to be more productive, more efficient while collaborating more.
But what happens when these tools are so new for employees? This brings big changes to their working environment and daily routines. And when it actually happens, people are stressed twice: how to meet their deadlines while learning how to work with the new tools?
In general, employees are always stressed about new technologies coming into their workplace. They are worried about how disruptive this will be for them. Usually, they are worried and raising questions like: will I understand the new tools? will I be able to use and work with them? And the fear about how the change will affect their job causes reluctance to use the tool or to know more about it.


Everyone wants to achieve positive results in a short period of time. Employees that are going through a change process are not an exception. So how we can offer them positive emotions in a change process that will not take much time?

Tiny Habits Program Tiny Habits Program

A “Tiny Habit” is a simple behavior or action you do at least once a day, that takes you less than 30 seconds and that requires little effort. Every time you succeed in doing or embracing the new habit, you must celebrate. The stronger you feel a positive emotion after your Tiny Habit, the faster it will become automatic. So with small actions repeated regularly, we can easily transform our behavior at work. Hence, if you want to encourage people for changes, this method can be an easy way to bring some positive emotions for employees when they feel happy that they did a small positive step towards bigger results.

QuickHelp. 5 min per day to improve your digital skills

QuickHelp is a cloud-based training solution for Office 365 users, that is accessible anywhere at any time. This platform provides a lot of information that is useful for all end-users (from a non-advanced user to a very advanced user.) The majority of content is in videos, that are shot (from 1 to 4 minutes) and very concentrate. It also gives opportunities to sign up for ‘’events’’, webinars with Microsoft certificated trainers where participates can ask questions online.

By using QuickHelp all employees have a learning path to follow. A personalized account is offered, so every user can select learning videos based on their preferences regarding Office 365 apps. This learning platform provides up-to-date information so an advanced user can find new topics, meantime a beginner can follow the full program on a certain topic without having any information gaps. The most important, all information is accessible at any time and it’s simple to use. By taking only a few minutes per day to watch a video about the tool you would like to know more employees will have a positive feeling that they learned something. To do so employees were encouraged by the positive feelings and not by warnings.

In the process of changing our behavior emotions are playing an important role. We want to succeed and feel good about our selves. In a business environment, a ”change’’ usually is associated with new ways of working that cause stress. It means that employees have to accept and adapt to novelties. This negative feeling causes reluctant for a change. However, even though the change process is difficult and challenging, luckily, there are some tools and methods that can bring positive emotion to users and encourage them to change their behavior. Follow these rules and do small steps for big changes. And if you want to know more join our workshop Office 365 training: 5 min per day to increase user adoption!

How to get the most out of your Microsoft Office 365 investment?

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Your IT manager suggested migrating to Microsoft Office 365, as it has been addressed as the best option now for your company. You trust him, you trust the IT team. So you did the migration, bought the licenses and now all employees are in. The investment was huge, and it’s time to get the most out of it. But how do you know whether and how your employees are going to use and exploit the possibilities that Office 365 can offer them in terms of productivity, collaboration and smart working?
By helping your end-users understand how those capabilities can improve their team collaboration and simplify their day-to-day tasks, you can make some positive changes for your company, starting to act for your return on investment.


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1. Use Targeted Communications

To change the behavior of your end-user community and make them adopt the new technology, a communication strategy is essential. First of all, you have to create awareness and information about what is going on and what this changes will mean for end users.
You need to customize the message to their job role and specify how the new features can help them to be more productive, meaning do more in less time. So, focus on your audience and their needs. The critical question is “What’s in it for me? “ In other words, highlight the benefits for them.

2. Media mix

To implement your communication strategy, you can use several channels.
Printed material such as posters, flyers, brochures, and reference cards. They can be put up in common areas such as break rooms, printer bays, and bathrooms. Communicate your message and boost discussions, questions, dialogues.
Live events such as webinars, workshops, lunch and training. These are a great way for IT to engage with end users, learn about how the tool works, and discover many opportunities to solve real business problems with Office 365.
Audiovisual material. Videos broadcasted in your collaboration platform, internal organizational channels, WhatsApp groups, social media, intranet, corporate emails and newsletter.

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3. Word of mouth

The good old way of communicating always works. People like to talk with people about what is happening in the organization. Everyone is involved in the word of mouth process to communicate the changes and marketing the new technology. Executives and managers are not excluded. They also have to tell their direct reports to peers telling peers. You can harness the power of peers telling peers by creating a champions program.

4. Champions program

Identify people in your company who see the value of Office 365 through personal experience and are willing to mentor their peers. They will be your ambassadors, promoting the use of the tools to their colleagues and inspiring them to follow their example.

5. Technical support for new users

The IT Helpdesk staff should be trained in what Office 365 can do, as well as how to support users facing problems and difficulties. Moreover, the IT help desk can identify a business productivity problem that Office 365 can solve in ways the end user is not aware, or discover common issues experienced by users that need more training.

6. Learning opportunities

Whether it is e-learning sessions, workshops, live or virtual training, the most important thing is to help users familiarize and experiment with Office 365. Learning how it works, the concrete possibilities and actions they can do in the daily work explained by experts is fundamental to avoid the barriers that can stop new users to adapt to the new tools.


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7. Keep track and monitor the progress

To do so, Microsoft provides many tools, such as Microsoft 365 usage analytics within Power BI. Thanks to this tool, you can gain insights on how your organization is adopting the various services within Office 365 to communicate and collaborate. You can visualize and analyze Office 365 usage data, create custom reports and share the insights within your organization and gain insights into how specific regions or departments are utilizing Office 365.


These seven points represent some tips and general ideas on how to proceed when a new technology, like Office 365, is being introduced in your company. However, to ensure a positive rate of user adoption and a successful change management strategy that will pay back your investment, a more structured user adoption strategy and change management methodology are needed.

Pace methodology SilversideSilverside PACE methodology is made of four phases: Prepare, Activate, Capitalise, Enhance. Managing the organizational changes in the method of working and in technologies is just easier for managers, consultants and end users. Firstly, be aware of the organizational culture of your company and plan a complete and predictive change management strategy in all the aspects. Secondly, acquire the new collaborative business vision and the technologies necessary to implement the strategy. A user adoption strategy is fundamental at this stage to instill change at every level in the organization. Lastly, optimize the value gained by adjusting the strategy, address key challenges and align with the required business outcomes.

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4 reasons why IT is a challenging environment

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We are working in a business environemnt  where every day we see how employees encounter different issues related to the way of  working,  communciating, collaborating,  but also about tools and technologies. Since the business world is becoming more and more demanding, people have more work to do and less time, so employees have to do more in the same amount of time. This is why technology can help us by offering possibilities to be more productive at work. If on one hand technology supports and helps employees and businesses, on the other hand it is tricky and can cause many issues to the users.

Indeed, hardly a day is passing by without at least one novelty in IT environment is released. As a consequence, technology in our working environment is changing very fast: new products, new features and updates are being presented every day. In Silverside working practice we see some main challenges that companies have, but have to overcome.

What are the biggest challenges in this dynamic IT world?

1. Workload

If you think about your work day and all the activities and tasks you have completed… so many things need to be done in a short period of time.

workloadTime is precious, so we have to use it in the right way. Hence, managing your time in a productive way, is critical. This is why people are looking for better options and solutions that can allow them to be more efficient. If you are working with your colleagues, which tool is the best for communicating and collaborating? No matter if you are working alone or in a team, time is always precious and work efficiency is always a priority.

Technology provides all kinds of possibilities: tasks are automated, it is easier for employees to reach their goals in faster ways and it is now possible what some decades ago was impossible. In this context, competition in the market is higher than ever. Moreover, customers all around the world are more and more demanding, pretending high quality products and services, the right support from suppliers and fast responses when they have all kinds of issues. The result? The need for employees to reach maximum productivity in order to keep up with the workload they are assigned to do.

2. Globalization

We are living in a global economy. This means that companies expand all around the globe, opening new branches in different countries and continents, in order to enlarge the profits of the global market. In other words, business doesn’t have any boundaries anymore. This has a great impact on the way of collaborating and working.


Nowadays, people can be in the different places and still work together: remote team work is a habit and being part of the same project team together with people from Japan and Canada is now the norm. How can this be possible? Thanks to technology. Hence, it is not possible to imagine working without smart technologies for business communication. If you have a meeting, do you always need to be physically in the same room with your colleague? In this age, the answer is definitely NO. However, the question arises on HOW to do that in a productive way with the right technologies? Which apps and which functionalities to use to have the most effective online meetings and conferences?

3. Fast Changes

The only constant is change.

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We are facing the challenge of finding that perfect balance between keeping up with change and not changing for its own sake. Change is inevitable, and change is good, but  change must be consistent with corporate objectives and and bring some positive results.

The impact of technology on constant changes is huge, because new tools, apps, new features, and updates are being released on a daily basis. Technology is changing so rapidly for organizations and the ability to adopt new technologies is becoming a vital mechanism. Hence, managers all over the world make many efforts in searching for the best technologies to help employees work better and smarter because nowadays the technologies give us many opportunities on how to improve our work.
However, changing the technologies means changes in the way we work, so people need to adapt and develop new skills.

4. User adoption

When we talk about business technologies the big problem arises when in reality only a few people will actually use these new tools. Why they do so? Because people don’t like changes, they like to behave in the same old ‘’natural’’ way. As a consequence, making change work for your business is the challenge. One of the biggest challenges that technologies bring to business is user adoption: getting employees trained on new tools of working and encourage them to use new tools on a daily basis.
However, at first, employees are stressed about new technologies coming into their workplace. They are worried about how disruptive it will be for them. Usually, they are worried and raising questions like: Will I understand the new tools? Will I be able to use and work with them? When employees are told that new technologies are coming into their workspace, they get stressed and feel under pressure. And so, the fear about how the change will affect their job causes reluctance to use the tool.


user adoption


One of the biggest mistakes that companies do when they implement the new technology, is thinking that the date when that technology is introduced, correspond to the starting date of its usage. Because it is not! The real struggle is not the switch from one software to another, but the task to make people adopt it.


Here I listed four business challenges that I believe have the biggest impact on our daily work. It is not difficult to imagine that in such a condition it is really challenging for us to keep up with this pace and the struggle with personal and group productivity, collaboration,  adoption of new tools and new ways of working is real. Hence, Silverside invites you to participate in our free workshop ‘Office 365 training: 5 min per day to increase user adoption‘, together explore the challenges that the dynamic IT world brings for the end user and find out about possible ways how to overcome these struggles.