Microsoft 365 services include a wide range of different productivity and planning tools. Users can combine these to optimize their individual work and planning processes, enabling them to advance digital transformation and replace manual and obsolete processes.
Below, you will find an example of how a collaboration platform can improve team collaboration. You can recreate this solution automatically at the click of a mouse and as often as you wish. You can also adapt it to your requirements, as it exclusively comprises Microsoft Cloud services that are combined and integrated with each other.
The solution’s objective is to create a centralized hub for teamwork that integrates various Microsoft 365 applications and services. It ensures that all team members can find all the tools and information relevant to them in one centralized place.
With the highest level of process automation, the solution can:
This Microsoft 365 collaboration platform is particularly well suited to program management, project management and work management combined with meeting documentation.
The Advantages of an Microsoft 365 Collaboration Platform
The following is a brief description of the modules shown in the above figure.
Microsoft PowerApps: project definition
An authorized person starts by creating a new project using a (mobile) app. They enter the project name, project owner and team members. A workflow-based approval process can be integrated if required. An Microsoft 365 group containing the various elements is created automatically.
Microsoft Teams: the centralized hub
The solution automatically creates a team in Microsoft Teams. This is the central hub for team members to communicate and collaborate. They can navigate through all the functions and services using the tabs, ensuring they have centralized access to all the tools. For example, they can open the Microsoft Project website and the schedule directly within Teams.
Microsoft SharePoint: grouping information
The solution automatically creates an Microsoft 365 group in Microsoft SharePoint along with the project site. It includes a document library and saving options for documents that users need to access frequently.
Microsoft OneNote: documenting meetings and more
Microsoft OneNote is set up automatically and enables users to create reports and notes on meetings in a structured way. They can easily manage texts, graphics, images, lists and multimedia files.
Microsoft Planner: managing tasks
Integrated in the solution, Microsoft Planner enables users to create and manage their tasks. These are divided into groups called buckets (as with Kanban logic). Users can also synchronize their tasks with other Microsoft 365 tools, such as Outlook.
Microsoft Power BI: creating reports
The reporting functions in Microsoft Planner are limited. However, by integrating Power BI, the Planner data can be visualized in advanced, meaningful and interactive reports.
Microsoft Power Automate: workflows in the background
Microsoft Power Automate is a cloud tool with which users can create and automate workflows across the various tools and services. It acts as the connecting element between the modules described above.
Project Online: optional project integration
If users need a powerful tool for project management, the solution can be extended to include e.g. Project Online, Project for the Web or solutions such as TPG ProjectPowerPack. This enables them to import tasks from the project plan into Planner, where they can be planned in detail and managed. The resulting data is copied back into e.g. Project Online.
TPG The Project Group’s solution consulting is focused on processes and applications for:
If you need support, TPG specialists can help you choose the solution that is right for you and assist with its implementation. That way, you will get exactly the right combination of Microsoft 365 services for your project situation.
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