Microsoft Viva Connections helps everyone to stay engaged and informed

Published 02-04-2021 06:01 AM 45.5K Views
Microsoft
By Seth Patton, General Manager, Microsoft 365 Next Gen Productivity & Employee Experience

 

Today we introduced Microsoft Viva, the new employee experience platform designed to help people connect, focus, learn, and thrive at work.

 

In 2020, the way people work evolved—rapidly. Businesses have transformed to meet the needs of their customers and empowered their employees to make decisions and act faster. Today, many businesses have adapted to hybrid work; now, they need to make that approach more sustainable.


Microsoft Viva is built on Microsoft 365 to bring together communications, knowledge, learning, and insights into an integrated employee experience that empowers people and teams to be their best‚ from anywhere.


The importance of employee engagement is well known to executives, but changing conditions have led to burnout and isolation, making it harder for employees to feel connected and inspired at work. As a leader, you want to ensure the success and wellbeing of your workforce, but many are struggling to provide engaging, supportive employee experience.

 

Introducing Microsoft Viva Connections

Viva Connections is your gateway to a modern employee experience. It is personalized and appears in the apps and devices your employees already use every day, such as Microsoft Teams. Viva Connections gives people a curated, company-branded experience that brings together relevant news, conversations, and other resources.


Viva Connections offers a new way for leaders to shape culture and invite employees to participate in building an inclusive workplace that helps everyone succeed.

 

Viva Connections is the launchpad for Microsoft Viva and the gateway to your employee experience.Viva Connections is the launchpad for Microsoft Viva and the gateway to your employee experience.

Keep everyone engaged and informed

Effective communication is essential to a healthy business, but with so many channels, information overload is a real thing. It’s easy for critical information and updates to get lost in all the extra noise.


The most successful companies are those that share and build on the collective contributions of their employees. Microsoft Viva makes it easy for everyone to discover the information they need, participate in the conversation, and share their unique perspective and expertise.


Viva Connections delivers a unified, personalized feed in which employees can explore news and contribute to the conversation from virtually anywhere. You can publish content from popular Microsoft 365 apps, such as SharePoint, Yammer, or Microsoft Stream, to a single feed and post the external news and content you want employees to see.

 

Personalize your feed, and enable employee contribution.Personalize your feed, and enable employee contribution.

Reach specific departments, regions, or job roles within your organization by using audience targeting or share with everyone in their personalized feed. Bring employees’ attention to items in their feeds with boost based on properties such as always on top, until read, and X number of impressions.

 

Target content to employees.Target content to employees.

Microsoft Viva also makes it easy for employees to share feedback and participate in conversations about company news and announcements seamlessly with Yammer communities.

 

Stay connected to communities and conversations you care about.Stay connected to communities and conversations you care about.

Curate a personalized and branded employee destination

In addition to the feed, Viva Connections provides your employees with a personalized dashboard so that they can stay in the flow of work. The dashboard is the company home for employees, and it is designed to be the central destination where everyone can discover company resources and complete tasks.

 

Find helpful resources, such as training, benefits, or timecards, in the dashboard.Find helpful resources, such as training, benefits, or timecards, in the dashboard.

Support every employee from the top floor to the shop floor

From the dashboard, you can customize resources for different employee groups, such as frontline workers, whose time to consume content is often limited to their breaks. You can configure Viva Connections to give them a comprehensive view of everything they need, minimizing the time they spend away from their core tasks.


Give frontline workers the tools they need to succeed on any device.Give frontline workers the tools they need to succeed on any device.

Extensible to fit your business

Viva Connections builds on the power and momentum of the Microsoft Teams ecosystem and extensibility framework. You can easily create a card for any existing Teams app, or you can do more by using familiar Microsoft developer tech, from low-code solutions such as Microsoft Power Apps to custom solutions with SharePoint Framework (SPFx) and Adaptative Cards. You can also plug in third-party partner apps.

 

Access other Microsoft Viva modules, third-party apps, and internal appsAccess other Microsoft Viva modules, third-party apps, and internal apps

Deploy Viva Connections on your existing infrastructure

Viva Connections is built on your current Microsoft 365 ecosystem, and powered by SharePoint, so you can accelerate time to value and start engaging your workforce immediately:

  • Extend your SharePoint intranet content, including your home site, into Microsoft Teams.
  • Target your content based on your existing Azure Active Directory groups.
  • Customize your dashboards with Power Apps, SPFx, and the third-party solutions you have already deployed throughout your organization.
  • Aggregate news and conversations from SharePoint and Yammer.
  • Drive engagement in employee communities in Yammer to support employee resource groups, knowledge sharing, and leadership initiatives.
  • Pin files and videos from Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft Stream.

Seamlessly integrate your existing home site.Seamlessly integrate your existing home site.

 

Get ready for Microsoft Viva Connections

Microsoft Viva is your new integrated employee experience, empowering everyone to be their best. Viva Connections will be available for desktop in the first half of 2021 and for mobile in summer 2021. Additional features will roll out over the course of 2022. To get ready you can:

15 Comments
Frequent Contributor

Great to see that gateway to a modern employee experience coming directly to Microsoft Teams. Looking forward to leading this change to our customers.

Occasional Visitor

Hi, looks great! When will this be rolled out to UK customers?

Microsoft

@MR_Smith3757 - Viva Connections will initially rollout globally on desktop in H1 2021 and on mobile in Summer 2021.  Additional features will follow.

Occasional Visitor

Great to see new features and that's also over Teams!

Interested to know how this actually work, and how that is different from I have a enterprise portal on SPO? 

How the personalization could work as well? How does it work with Yammer?

 

Looking forward for more details :smile:

Honored Contributor

Great addition to the M365, can't wait to try it out!

Occasional Visitor

I've been thinking about this type of system for years. I'm so glad Microsoft has stepped up to the plate to hopefully hit this product out of the park. Having a single system to manage is a dream. I plan on implementing VIVA into our corporation.   

Frequent Visitor

Really looking forward to this. What is the plan for customers already having an intranet-solution in place? How can they be integrated with Viva Connections?

Microsoft

@AlessandroLX Viva Connections builds off your existing SharePoint infrastructure.  So if you already have a modern SharePoint based intranet and home site you will find it a very small step to get going with Connections.

New Contributor

So you're telling me all the work I did to connect all these apps is no longer needed! AWESOME! While it maybe true that you can still connect most 365 apps without a problem, there are a few exceptions. Especially with people like me (students) who are accessing 365 via our college email. Since you cannot sign into Windows/Microsoft with a 365 account like mine, I have 2 microsoft accounts and sometimes they 'fight' for control of the app. Thanks to Microsoft's Edge (best browser now, hands down) I am able to sign in with both profile (to the browser) and it automatically switches between the 2 depending on the sign-in type. :lol: 

Honored Contributor

@Sly_BandiT I am signed into Windows 10 with M365 account that is for college.

so you can sign in.

Super Contributor

Within Teams, what is the name of the Viva Connections app? It looks like we might be able to name it within our tenant, is that right?

 

Will it be automatically pinned to the first position in Teams per the pictures?

Occasional Contributor

@Brad McCabe is this essentially a rebranding of what was showcased at Ignite as the Home Site in Teams? Is there an additional cost?

Contributor

If Microsoft is so keen in employee experience to help people connect, focus, learn, and thrive at work then this Viva should be part of Microsoft 365 tenant as default without additional cost - that would make sense to embrace them easily.... 

Occasional Contributor

I love it! I would like to test this new modern employee experience :eyes:

Those of you who have additional questions about Viva Connections and want to hear an MVPs perspective, check out my article on the why, what, how and everything in between regarding Viva Connections. I'll be adding more content as I learn more. Let me know if there's something missing.

 

Show your SharePoint Intranet in Teams with Microsoft Viva Connections (visualsp.com)

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