Yammer vs Microsoft Teams

Based on our experience, we compared Yammer and Microsoft Teams as follow,

Files

Microsoft Teams: When a file is uploaded to Microsoft Teams, you can view/edit files on your File Explorer using One Drive for Business, similar to the way that you view/edit files on OneDrive. However to view files on on File Explorer, a business OneDrive (Office Business Essential Package, $5/month) is required. Otherwise you can edit/view files on both Microsoft Teams (Files tab) and SharePoint.

Yammer: Any file uploaded to Yammer is only accessible thru Yammer. However, Microsoft announced they are updating Yammer. Maybe in the next updates, files on yammer can be viewed/edited similar to Microsoft Teams.

Cost Per User

Teams: Each user’s cost is $5 (Business Essential Package, $5/month)​​​. However, Microsoft announced they will allow external users which would be free.

Yammer: No licence is required for users.

Planner (Task Management)

Teams: includes Planner which is like Trello, used for task management. You can create multiple columns such as “To Do” and “Done” columns. To create a task, you can add a card to a column and assign it to someone and set a deadline. Once the task is done, it can be moved to another column like “Done” column.

Yammer: doesn’t have task management.

Rich Text Formatting

Teams: You can use rich text formatting like using bold, italic and colorful texts.

Yammer: You can’t use rich text format like bold and italic.

Tags

Teams: You can’t use tags like a blog or hashtags. But you can use Teams/Channel name as tags. To use a channel/team name in a conversation, type “@” and a few letters, then some suggestions pops up.

 

Yammer: You can tag the post like a blog. In Yammer, tags are called topics. You can also view the list of all the posts under each tag/topic.

Chatting

Teams: is made for chatting like WhatsApp or text messaging. You can chat directly with another person. Or you could create teams and share the communication among the members of the team.

 Yammer: is more like Facebook in which you add a post and other users can comment.

Sharing and Linking

Teams: You can’t share the link of conversations because they don’t have a link or address. Sharing links are useful for example to direct your team member to one of your previous conversations.

Yammer: You can share the links of posts similar to the way that Facebook posts  are shared.

Editing Posts

Teams: You can edit conversations after you submit them. After a few hours, editing option is disabled.

Yammer: No editing option. You need to delete the post and re-post it.

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Mail Services

Mail services are one of the most important tools for users in order to deal with their business and that is why IT departments utilizing their resources to offer exceptional email services for their users. Email migration is the process of moving mailboxes, contacts and calendar from one account to another account to offer users better email service experience. I will discuss why IT team of an organization invest their time and money in order to perform email migration.

Offering handy calendars and contacts, accessing to higher quota and providing user friendly webmail which is accessible through cellophane and tablet are the motivation for IT department of organizations to set a budget for the email migration project. Email migration usually involves switching to new email hosting provider which offers facilities that increase the productivity of users leading to higher profitability of an organization.  Obviously, no organization wants to fail its business because of an email service provider who does not keep up with up to date technology.

Besides webmail, email clients such as Microsoft office outlook and Apple mail can boost productivity of users. Email clients let users manage multiple accounts in one email client. Moreover, it offers multifunctional calendars that are sharable to other users with different permission levels or roles. In addition, mail clients allow users creating multiple folders in mailboxes and contacts and etc. These appealing features of email clients motivate email migration team to install email client locally on users’ computers, cell phones and other devices.

Within an organization users may have access to both personal and generic account. Personal accounts can be very big for some users. Nowadays POP protocol is outdated and IMAP become more popular. Since IMAP protocol require mail servers to have bigger space in order to keep the copy of each email with its content, bigger quota would be more essential. Moreover, generic account takes up more spaces in mail servers in general since it is a shared mailbox accessible to multiple users. That is why the higher quota results in better user experience with mail services.

In order to increase feature of mail services, nowadays connectors such as Zimbra connectors adds up to feature of webmail and client email. They add more features to calendars for example you can view busy free time of other users within an organization  through calendars,  also users would have access to all staffs’ contact information through Global Address List.

Email archiving is also one of the services that are provided by email hosting companies. Email archiving is the process of preserving emails. In case if you delete emails through webmail or client mails, you can retrieve it from email Archive. Also email archive can be used in case users are out of quota and since archive has much bigger spaces, it can be used as an alternative.

All in all, having the ability to share calendars, different permission level on shared calendars and mailboxes, creating different folders and managing them, ability to filter emails, ability to send out of office emails, managing signatures and etc. can be resulted from email migration.

 
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How to manage data in your business?

It doesn’t matter what your line of business is–you have some type of data that you need to manage on a daily basis. Whether it’s invoices, payroll information, inventory tracking or customer relationship info, that data needs to be well organized and readily accessible. Data management and organization are truly vital to the success of your business and can save you time and money in the long run by keeping the information you need to access easily retrievable.

So what are the best ways to organize business data? Here are three of the best methods:

1. Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel provides a simple way to manage many types of basic data. The program is used to produce spreadsheets that organize data into easy-to-read lines and columns. Packed with features, Microsoft Excel allows you to choose the best organizational method for the particular type of data that you need to manage. With the program, you can sort and index data with a simple click of an icon, and you can also produce professional looking tables and charts.

For more complicated tasks, it’s possible to program Microsoft Excel. By using a programming language like VBA, you can add new functionality to Microsoft Excel, opening up the door to creating a customized data management solution that increases productivity and efficiency. As an example, you can make a program that allows you to import information stored in another program directly into Excel, eliminating the need for data entry.

2. Custom Business Software

While Microsoft Excel is ideal for managing small to medium sized collections of data, the program can become bogged down if too much data is saved on one spreadsheet. As a result, many companies turn to custom made business software solutions to help them manage large databases.

Custom business software programs are produced with programming languages to meet the exact needs of a company. As an illustration, imagine you own a company that pays employees commission on sales. The amount of commissions varies based on a number of factors, and a complicated equation is used to calculate the exact amount earned. To save you the hassle of having to manually compute the amount of commission each employee earns on a monthly basis, you can have a custom business software program made that stores all of the employees’ sales information and then automatically determines what commission should be paid using your formula.

3. Custom Business Web Application

Some custom business software programs are stored on a computer’s hard drive or on a network server, making them accessible only on a single computer or on computers within a business’ network. Others are available online. This type of custom software is known as a custom business web application.

With a custom business web application, it’s possible to access the program on any device with Internet access, such as a smartphone or tablet. As a result, custom business web application programs enable business owners to manage data from anywhere in the world. Employees can also access and update data as needed at the office, on the go and at home.

Although custom business web applications make information easily accessible, they are also secure. Access to the application is only possible with a user name and password, and managers can define how much information employees have access to and what they are able to change using specially designed permissions.

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