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Ability to include information from an app in a conversation— This is certainly one of the best features of this update. You can now, Microsoft says, “search for a specific task in Trello, a work item in Wrike, or a weather forecast, and include an interactive card with that information into a message." I would not consider the ability to send a weather update as “game-changing” however, I do see many other opportunities for Microsoft to expand this feature. What is pretty cool is the ability to quickly view your apps, view tasks you have been assigned, and easily access recent items such as OneNote or videos from Microsoft Stream. We live and work in a world where every second matters and seconds saved add up to minutes, minutes saved add up to hours – that time saved allows us to spend more time focusing on what is most important.





Another great new feature available in the app space is “Who”, which Microsoft says allows you to search for people in your organization by name or topic. This feature is great for quickly finding contact info, viewing organizational charts, and other general information about a coworker or departments.



The new apps Store makes finding and searching for available Teams apps a breeze. You can “search for apps by name, category (such as Project management or Analytics and BI), or integration type (such as Bots, Tabs, or Connectors), and then choose to surface in your personal app view or in a specific channel in Teams” Microsoft explains.



Lastly, Teams now supports slash commands to quickly perform tasks or navigate Teams. Now it is even easier to change your status, start a call, or view your recent files. Simply type a “/” followed by a specific command and that’s it. This is another small, but very important addition, to Microsoft’s workplace communication platform.



You can read the full article from Microsoft here.

If your organization has Office 365 licenses then you have access to Microsoft Teams along with all these features and much much more. If you are not currently using Team and all that O365 has to offer contact HingePoint today for more information. We offer turn-key solutions and applications that are easy to adopt and your employees will love.

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePoint, Salesforce, Procore, MS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 2300 McDermott Road STE 200-235, Plano, TX 75025 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => Microsoft Teams New Features and Updates For 2018 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => microsoft-teams-new-features-updates-2018 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-20 23:46:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 05:46:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13907 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13915 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2018-01-12 09:10:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-12 15:10:32 [post_content] => If you are not currently using Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint to manage your construction projects… you should be! With a few simple configurations, SharePoint can be the foundation for a flexible, user-friendly, and affordable Project Management Information System (PMIS). First, let’s clarify what Office 365 is. Some people think of Office 365 as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for document creation and Outlook for email. Most are unaware that those are only a tiny piece of everything Office 365 has to offer. We will discuss what these apps are and how to leverage them to their fullest capabilities on a later date (stay tuned to our blog). In the mean-time, you can check out the Top 5 Integration Features of Office 365 and SharePoint Online. Office 365 Apps Below are the reasons why you should be using SharePoint to manage your construction projects:

1. Chances are you probably already have SharePoint

Microsoft states that they have over 250,000 organizations using SharePoint and that over 85% of Fortune 500 companies now have SharePoint Online. You are already saving money on licensing costs by owning the SharePoint application through your Office 365 licenses.

2. Security

Using groups to maintain a scalable security environment is typically your best option because permissions are applied to the Group as a whole, not individual people. So, when adjusting permissions, only one change is needed to a group, opposed to multiple individuals. You can define a security permission from a site collection, to a site, to the lowest component of a single item or document. It's very easy to assign these permissions directly to an individual user or a group of users.

3. Collaboration tools everyone will want to use

The ability to leverage Office 365 Groups, which deliver a means of group communication, is a solid alternative to popular messaging applications, such as Slack. Using Groups gives your team the ability to view, edit, share all group files, view and schedule group meetings with ease allowing for better communications among team members. Granting external access in SharePoint Online is a breeze and no longer a time-consuming inconvenience. Simply connect a Microsoft account to their company e-mail or create guest links to give users access to folders, individual files, and sites within your environment.

4. 3rd Party Services Integration

Microsoft Flow puts real power in the hands of regular users by easily connecting and automating services vital to your business. Microsoft Flow features code-free interaction with hundreds of third-party services such as Salesforce, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, OneDrive, Microsoft Dynamics, and more.

5. Reporting tools that are ridiculously simple

SharePoint features powerful reporting tools to quickly view and share data. You can build, configure, and update scorecards and dashboards. Data visualization with Power BI: Embedding Power BI reports to a SharePoint page – display charts, dashboards, reports, KPIs, etc. on your SharePoint site makes the information readily available to users. Additionally, the analysis/metrics tools are now available within the program instead of having to import them; so, significant time is saved on importing data from other sources. You can also use Excel to build your reports and display them within SharePoint. SharePoint in Office 365

6. Mobile/Tablet Friendly

Access to everything, from anywhere, and on any device. This is HUGE for the construction industry! View and work on documents, while on the job site. With SharePoint Online, you have all the information you need on every device so you can get more work done with ease.

7. Task Management

SharePoint allows you to manage a set of tasks that may belong to a project, a business initiative, or a department. Users can also create customized list views combined with out-of-the-box workflows to manage personal tasks and assign tasks to their team members or anyone else in the company.

8. Flexibility to make it work how you want

SharePoint is designed to be configured however you want and to provide the most value when managing your construction project. It can be very intimidating to try and figure out where to start with SharePoint because by default, SharePoint is installed as a blank site without any content. At HingePoint, we have guru developers and architects that have ALL the Microsoft certifications. We can help you create a customized Web Parts, .Net, Office365 APIs, SharePoint Online and Integration with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory (AD), and SQL Server. If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company’s productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you’ll have better access to your company’s data, and you’ll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-search information.

About HingePoint

HingePoint delivers cloud, mobile and analytics solutions for the construction industry. Specializing in the systems that run the construction business including SharePoint, Salesforce, Procore, Microsoft Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field-to-office collaboration. [post_title] => Using Microsoft SharePoint as a Project Management Solution for Construction Industry [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => using-microsoft-sharepoint-as-a-project-management-solution-for-construction-industry [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-20 23:48:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 05:48:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13915 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13232 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2017-11-16 22:54:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-17 04:54:30 [post_content] => If your organization has already invested in Office 365, it only makes financial sense to maximize its potential to solve the common challenges around communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. As well as providing your organization with familiar tools (such as Outlook for email and Microsoft Office programs for document creation like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Office 365 comes with a bag of tool and features that form the foundation for an effective intranet solution. If you are considering Office 365 as an intranet solution, below are a few applications that you and your team will want to be familiar with:

SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online is an all-important tool for an Office365 intranet, helping organizations share and collaborate with internal employees and external partners, contractors, and customers on any device. With SharePoint Online, you can access internal sites, documents, and other information from anywhere in the world - at the office, at home, or from a mobile device.

Team Sites

SharePoint Team Sites allow you to quickly create code-free sites for different user groups within SharePoint and Office 365 that look great on any device. Team Sites are constructed to be fully customized to your needs. Documents, videos, images, site activities, social media feeds, and more can be added in a couple of clicks. It also gives the ability to add ‘highlighted content’ (which will automatically and dynamically populate in that area of the page). The home page of a SharePoint Online gives you instant visibility into site activity and important documents, while providing a great way to communicate, connect with others, and share ideas. For more details on SharePoint and Office 365 check out the Top 5 Integration Features of Office 365 and SharePoint Online here.

Microsoft Teams

Similar to Slack, Microsoft Teams has a focus on a chat-based workspace, with social feeds and email chains taking center stage. Its overall goal is to bring together people, conversations, and content, helping to create a more open digital environment that makes work visible, integrated, and accessible. You can easily embed and collaborate over Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, and other Office files. You also get built-in video/voice calling features, so your colleagues can easily arrange meetings remotely. There is also a screen sharing option that makes collaboration easy.

Final Thought

If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company’s productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you’ll have better access to your company’s data, and you’ll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-search information. Our experienced team can design and implement a custom intranet for your organization using Office 365 and SharePoint. Contact us today to learn more » Once it’s clear what these services bring to the table, it’s time to start putting them together to provide your users with a seamless intranet solution. Office 365 and SharePoint Online provide an incredible level of extensibility that allow for solutions which leverage the best of what Office 365 has to offer. We have guru developers and architects that have ALL the Microsoft certifications. Create your own Web Parts, .Net, Office365 APIs, SharePoint Online, and integrate them with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory (AD), and SQL Server. [post_title] => How to Use Office 365 & SharePoint Online to Build a Perfect Intranet [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => sharepoint-online-and-office-365-ingredients-for-the-perfect-intranet [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-20 23:53:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 05:53:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/blog/autodesk/autodesk-university-2017-preview-copy/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 3 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13907 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2018-01-30 15:56:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-30 21:56:14 [post_content] => New features were released this month (Jan. 2018) for Microsoft Teams in what Microsoft states is the "biggest single release of new functionality" since Teams' was released in March of last year. Check out some of the new features below: Ability to include information from an app in a conversation— This is certainly one of the best features of this update. You can now, Microsoft says, “search for a specific task in Trello, a work item in Wrike, or a weather forecast, and include an interactive card with that information into a message." I would not consider the ability to send a weather update as “game-changing” however, I do see many other opportunities for Microsoft to expand this feature. What is pretty cool is the ability to quickly view your apps, view tasks you have been assigned, and easily access recent items such as OneNote or videos from Microsoft Stream. We live and work in a world where every second matters and seconds saved add up to minutes, minutes saved add up to hours – that time saved allows us to spend more time focusing on what is most important. Another great new feature available in the app space is “Who”, which Microsoft says allows you to search for people in your organization by name or topic. This feature is great for quickly finding contact info, viewing organizational charts, and other general information about a coworker or departments. The new apps Store makes finding and searching for available Teams apps a breeze. You can “search for apps by name, category (such as Project management or Analytics and BI), or integration type (such as Bots, Tabs, or Connectors), and then choose to surface in your personal app view or in a specific channel in Teams” Microsoft explains. Lastly, Teams now supports slash commands to quickly perform tasks or navigate Teams. Now it is even easier to change your status, start a call, or view your recent files. Simply type a “/” followed by a specific command and that’s it. This is another small, but very important addition, to Microsoft’s workplace communication platform. You can read the full article from Microsoft here. If your organization has Office 365 licenses then you have access to Microsoft Teams along with all these features and much much more. If you are not currently using Team and all that O365 has to offer contact HingePoint today for more information. We offer turn-key solutions and applications that are easy to adopt and your employees will love.

About HingePoint

HingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePoint, Salesforce, Procore, MS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 2300 McDermott Road STE 200-235, Plano, TX 75025 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => Microsoft Teams New Features and Updates For 2018 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => microsoft-teams-new-features-updates-2018 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-20 23:46:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 05:46:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13907 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 3 [max_num_pages] => 1 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => 1 [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 728efb33dad02541f27a38bd1effa9aa [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )