How Microsoft is Modernizing the Digital Workplace – Insights from the Ignite 2018 Conference

How Microsoft is Modernizing the Digital Workplace – Insights from the Ignite 2018 Conference

I recently attended the Microsoft Ignite conference where I spent my time attending sessions around Office 365, SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive for Business. There was no shortage of announcements around the advancements Microsoft is making in the modern digital workplace with Office 365. We are seeing significant improvements across collaboration, process automation, intranet and all-employee communications, enterprise search, mobile accessibility, compliance and governance, and more.

Below are some of the key announcements around the modern digital workplace that my team and I are really excited about. A lot of these announcements address pain points we’ve heard from our clients for many years. They were pain points that required a custom developed solution, which was often costly and required ongoing maintenance. Seeing features like mega menus and personalized content  available out of the box means more value can be delivered to customers on a quicker timeline, and with minimal overhead. The flexibility to further extend the platform is still there, but now a greater importance can be placed on things like proper change management, establishing and enforcing governance, and ensuring compliance standards are met.

Product Roadmaps

Every product team I met with had a detailed roadmap to share, with no signs of slowing down. Through various channels including UserVoice, Microsoft is definitely listening to customers and the product and engineering teams are delivering. Specific to SharePoint and team collaboration, we saw the announcement of some long-awaited feature requests this week:

  • Mega menu option on Communication Sites
  • Improved admin controls for modern sites in SharePoint
  • Deeper integration between Teams and SharePoint
  • Enhanced site classification capabilities to enforce compliance policies

Read about these announcements and many more here.

Intelligent Search

Long overdue, we saw what the next iteration of search will look like in Office 365 and SharePoint. Utilizing the deep machine learning capabilities of the Microsoft Graph, Search is being completely overhauled to deliver much more intelligent and relevant results. Get all the details here.

Compliance and Security

An ever-growing concern across organizations of all sizes, we are seeing important enhancements and new features coming to SharePoint and Office 365 to help organizations know their data is compliant. Some of the big announcements this week include DLP for Teams, auto retention labels, greater admin control of sites from a compliance perspective, and multi-geo capabilities for SharePoint. Read more here.

Enterprise Content Management Content Services

What we all know as ECM is being rebranded within SharePoint as Content Services. A foundation aspect of any digital workplace, we saw an extensive list of features that are either rolling out now or will be soon. View the list of all 14 feature announcements here.

Intranets

Sites in SharePoint are getting a lot smarter, which means customers are going to get a lot more value from their out of box intranet implementations. Content personalization, new webparts, hub join approvals, and much more. Check it all out here.

For a deeper understanding of the announcements linked above, be sure to check out the Ignite 2018 videos on-demand, available at here. Are you interested in starting your journey to modernizing your organization’s digital workplace? We can help! Check out our Digital Workplace offering or reach out to myself at rmilton@wmp.com or Kaumil Dalal at kdalal@wmp.com.

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