Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yammer integration in Office 365


I think that Yammer integration for Office 365 is great news and even better is now you should be able to enable for your Enterprise tenants.
To do so, login to you Office 365 portal as an Admin.
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From the Admin menu option in the top right of the screen select SharePoint.
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From the SharePoint admin center select settings at the bottom of the menu on the left hand side.
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At the top of the page you will see the Enterprise Social Collaboration option. Simply select Use Yammer.com service and press OK at the bottom of the page.
Now at the moment you’ll need to have already set up an Yammer account but you can do that for free. Going forward, we’ll see deeper integration between Yammer and Office 365. For details on this see the following blog post:
http://blogs.office.com/b/sharepoint/archive/2013/03/19/yammer-and-sharepoint-enterprise-social-roadmap-update.aspx
For more information also see the following:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-sharepoint-online-enterprise-help/pick-your-enterprise-social-network-yammer-or-newsfeed-HA104037368.aspx
where it notes:

Activate Yammer for your organization

If you’re interested in activating Yammer for your organization, take a look at your options:
  • If you’re a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement customer, you can activate Yammer Enterprise for free. Microsoft Enterprise Agreement customers with qualifying license purchases, such as Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 plans, are eligible to activate Yammer Enterprise for their users. Qualified customers will need to work with a Yammer Service representative to start the activation process and appoint a Verified Administrator and a Community Manager to manage their company's Yammer network.
  • If you’re not a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement customer, your organization can sign up and use a Yammer basic network. Learn more about Yammer plans and pricing to help get you started.
Of course if you don’t want to use Yammer or want to switch back to the traditional Newsfeeds you can by just reversing the process.
I’ll do a future post about how important I believe social tools, like Yammer, are to the way competitive business will function going forward. I honestly believe that if you don’t embrace social inside your business NOW you will be left behind.
So, if you haven’t looked at what Yammer and does, now is the time because soon it will be deeply integrated into all aspects of Office 365.