Microsoft 365 Adoption

Why does adoption matter?

The business landscape is changing. Employees seek purpose and satisfaction. Employers aim to harness worker ingenuity. And a diverse, multi-generational workforce can now work anytime, anywhere. Success depends on your ability to collaborate and drive productivity within teams spread across the globe. We created Microsoft 365 to meet these evolving business needs. It is a suite of powerful tools that optimize productivity in today’s corporate landscape.

We understand that adopting new technology involves change, and change can be daunting. Even for the most innovative, cutting-edge organizations. That’s why we created the Microsoft 365 Adoption Guide.

We’ve compiled an easy-to-follow how-to guide that walks you and your team, step-by-step, through the best way to roll out Microsoft 365 to your organization. The insights we share come from our most successful customers, who have maximized the power of their investment, adopting multiple, integrated technologies that now form Microsoft 365. Throughout this guide you will find links to additional tools and resources as well as the Adoption Planning Workbook where you can build your custom approach to adoption.

Remember, you are not in this alone. There are many organizations who are currently launching Microsoft 365 technologies and you can connect with them in the Driving Adoption Community.

The way we work is becoming more connected, let’s connect the way we work.

Source: Microsoft 365 Adoption Guide

Microsoft 365 adoption centers

Microsoft Teams adoption resources

Noteworthy in Microsoft 365 adoption

Storytelling resources

Good stories do more than create a sense of connection. They build familiarity and trust, and allow the listener to enter the story where they are, making them more open to learning. Good stories can contain multiple meanings so they’re surprisingly economical in conveying complex ideas in graspable ways. And stories are more engaging than a dry recitation of data points or a discussion of abstract ideas.

Source: What Makes Storytelling So Effective For Learning? (Harvard Business Publishing)

See also

Do end users need formal training on Office 365 apps?

The above question was posted in Microsoft’s Driving Adoption tech community. Microsoft Teams Customer Advocacy lead Karuana Gatimu responded with her recommendations:

This is a great question.  I’d encourage you to redefine what “training” means in our current environment. What we find is that many people are unlikely to attend an actual class but the demand for short videos that are task or scenario based is high.  Think “playlists” like on Spotify or on your music library.  People need to know something exactly when they need to know it so we’re going that direction overall. 

That being said there is always some demand for virtual or instructor based training that helps people “get” the basics of what the new experience is.  45 minutes seems to be a sweet spot for these trainings.  The virtual version is good because we find people stop and start the trainings to try things in the product.  Also it’s a best practice to establish internal Champions and these folks usually are highly engaged in more in depth training.  

Remember all training needs to be in the context of what’s in it for the users themselves. What I think is super cool may not help someone else in a particular role.  This is why we’re so fond of the playlist model and integrated this into our Custom Learning for Office 365 training site template which will be broadly available in Q1/CY19.  This SharePoint Online site template with a custom Webpart will allow you to customize the playlists, included products and look/feel of the experience and it’s easily pinned in Teams.  We’ll announce its availability here and in the Driving Adoption community as well. 

At the end of the day this is our chance to increase the digital literacy of our workforce and (as I always say) get people to STOP emailing that spreadsheet around!  Hope this helps.

You can read the entire thread here, which contains many nuggets of user adoption wisdom from tech community members.

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