Find out what you need in order to successfully deploy Teams across your organisation.

Microsoft Teams is one of the fastest-growing communication and collaboration platforms in the world. As of April 2021, it had around 145 million users every day globally – a 26 per cent increase since the previous October.

There are good reasons for this. The suite offers businesses a powerful solution for ensuring all employees can keep in touch at all times, no matter where they are. This is something that will be especially important as companies adapt to new ways of working that prioritise flexibility and the ability to connect from anywhere, at any time.

However, adopting Teams is not a decision that should be taken lightly. When implemented effectively, the platform can have a transformative effect on firms’ productivity. But to achieve this, you have to think beyond Teams merely as a software product.

Teams is far more than simply a communications service – it’s a mission-critical platform that connects with everything you do as a business. This means you need a full ecosystem to ensure it reaches its full potential – from the right hardware and infrastructure to industry-leading security solutions and ongoing support to help your business as it grows.

This ebook should help you understand what deploying Teams throughout your organisation involves. Read on to find out more about why you need Teams and the benefits of working with a skilled, experienced partner that can offer you all the supporting tools and technologies that are essential in making it a success.

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The importance of smooth collaboration

The typical employee spends as much as 80 per cent of their time collaborating, whether this is with colleagues and suppliers, or working directly with customers, so making this as easy and seamless as possible is vital to success. Whether it’s working via voice call, videoconference or in platforms such as Sharepoint, being able to connect through a single platform where you can spend all your time will be hugely valuable, and Teams offers this.

This may be especially important when working with people outside your direct network. Customer, suppliers or partners may use different systems, so it’s vital these are able to work together and share data in a smooth, secure manner

To achieve this, Teams needs to work throughout your entire infrastructure. The platform will touch almost every aspect of your tech stack, from broadband and firewalls to your cloud applications, on-premise hardware and cyber security defences. As such, getting these integrations right is a critical component of your deployment.

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It should be clear that in order to see success with Teams, you need to treat it as a critical part of your business. As a solution that will interact with every aspect of your tech stack and handle all your communications and collaboration activity, it’s vital you build the necessary ecosystem to support the core products.

Whether it’s hardware such as headsets or meeting room equipment, improved Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity to provide the speed and reliability you need, or advanced security solutions to protect your sensitive data and applications, a Teams deployment needs a great deal of planning if it is to effectively empower employees to work wherever they need to and connect every user seamlessly.

However, much of this complexity can be streamlined with the help of an experienced partner who can guide you through every step of the deployment and offer all the tools and technologies you need. From identifying your unique needs and building a bespoke package to address them, through to ongoing support and protection, a partner like Arrow is vital in helping you make sure Teams is much more than a communications platform, but the heart of your business.

Get in touch today to learn more about the Teams ecosystem and how Arrow Business Communications can help you complete a migration.