I am big fan of social networks for business and thus Yammer in Office 365, being an enterprise social network likewise. It provides all the benefits of traditional social networks like Linkedin, Twitter and the like but with all the controls and features expected of enterprise software.
What is also great about Yammer with Office 365 is that it is available with all Office 365 Suites, however it is not enabled by default. Here’s how to do just that.
The first thing you should do is ensure that Yammer is set as your choice of social networking in Office 365. This is because SharePoint Online does have some rudimentary features.
To set Yammer as the primary social network in Office 365, login to the admin portal and select SharePoint from the menu that appears on the left under the Admin option at the bottom.
This will take you to the SharePoint admin center. Here select settings at the bottom of the menu on the left.
In the page that appears, scroll down until you find the option for Enterprise Social Collaboration as shown above.Select the option to Use Yammer.com service and scroll to the bottom of the page and select Save to update your preferences.
Return to the Office 365 admin center and in the middle of the page at the bottom you should find a link Included services. Select this.
This will then open a new display to the right with a link Yes, activate Yammer for my network as shown above. Select this to continue.
You will receive the above warning. Yammer will be activated by default on the primary domain you have registered with Office 365. If you have multiple domains in use with your Office 365 tenant you will asked which domain you want activated. You can add the other domains later via a service request.
Select the Activate Yammer Enterprise button to continue.
You will see a message telling you that the activation is taking place and the process may take up to 30 minutes. Generally, it only takes a few minutes to activate.
Once activation has completed you should see the above confirmation message for your domain.
Your users should also now start seeing the Yammer icon in their app launcher from the Office 365 portal.
Once they select this icon they will be logged into Yammer automatically using their Office 365 credentials.
Doing so will prompt them to complete some name details if required. Press Next to continue.
Then they will be prompted to nominate work colleagues if desired. Simply press Next to continue.
Next will be prompts to join relevant Yammer groups. Again, simply press Next to continue through this option.
Finally, they’ll be prompted to upload a photo. here you select Save & Continue or Skip on the right to end this initial process.
At this point they should now see your company home Yammer network as shown above.
Office 365 global administrators are automatically Yammer enterprise administrators. When they login to Yammer they will see the Admin option in the lower left of their screen.
When they expand this option the will see a number of sub items. If they then select Success Center they will taken group Yammer administration page.
Here Yammer can be customised to suit the business in more detail.
I’ll detail more about the administration of enterprise Yammer in an upcoming post, so stay tuned.