Business IT Launches the Business IT Collaboration Space in Microsoft Teams

The Business IT Collaboration is excited to announce that today we are launching the Business IT Collaboration Space in Microsoft Teams (“Teams”). Your request to join the team will be reviewed within one business day. 

The space is designed to be a gathering point for cross-collaboration to learn, ask questions, think collectively, discuss topics of interest, and share information and best practices. Focus areas of the space include Business and Finance, Data, Facilities, Human Resources and Payroll, Training, and the Skype for Business to Teams Transition

This asynchronous collaborative space will also host synchronous opportunities such as training, demonstrations, and hosted discussions throughout the year. Invitations and announcements to those events will occur on the Business IT website, the Collaboration channel, the Business IT Newsletter, and Tech Services social media.

Any university faculty or staff is welcome and encouraged to join the space and contribute to the conversation. Threads have already started around the account reconciliation process, managing personnel searches, onboarding, and job postings. Jump on to see how you can contribute or post your most vexing work questions to get feedback and ideas from others. The more you contribute, the more the entire community benefits.

A group of university staff representing different functional areas has graciously agreed to serve as Collaboration Advocates. These persons have been granted permissions to manage the space (creating and removing channels, etc.). They are committed to stimulating meaningful discussions, helping to make connections, and escalating potential enhancements and solutions to Business IT Leadership. Conversations have already been started in the space related to employee onboarding, managing searches, CFOP reconciliation, and the Skype to MS Teams transition.

Synchronous and asynchronous educational opportunities, including office hours with tips and tricks on how to use TEAMS, are scheduled and in planning. Units have already begun sharing their ideas and suggestions to improve workflows.

 If you are interested in joining the Advocates team, let us know. Enthusiasm is infectious! 

We encourage you to explore the TEAM and get started today. If you have never been in MS Teams or are a reluctant user, this is your chance to explore and get comfortable in the environment. We think that you will find many useful and helpful aspects of the tool.

Installing Microsoft Teams 

Depending upon your unit’s IT policies and computer administrator privileges, you may be able to download and install Teams. If you need assistance or cannot install the application yourself, please contact your unit IT.

Technology Services provides the following guidance and Answers KB articles to support you in installing Teams: