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Yammer’s Integration With SharePoint – Part 2

Yammer’s Integration With SharePoint – Part 2

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Future Road Map of SharePoint-Yammer Integration

According to Jared Spataro, Senior Director, Microsoft Office Division, who also leads the SharePoint business and works closely with Adam Pisoni and David Sacks on Yammer integration, their next step would be integration with Office365. Summer of this year will witness an update in Office 365 service and customers will be able to replace the SharePoint newsfeed with Yammer. This feature is desired as many customers are worried about confusing their users with two different feeds, and this update will allow them to simply replace the “Newsfeed” link on the Office 365 global navigation bar with a link to According to Spataro, “We’ll also ship a Yammer app in the SharePoint Store so that end users can easily embed a Yammer group feed into a SharePoint site, creating a connection between groups and sites that will deliver the best of both worlds. The SharePoint newsfeed will continue to be the default social experience in Office 365, but the option to replace it with Yammer will be a valuable first step in the overall integration process.

The next step on the roadmap is known as “Deeper Integration” planned in fall this year, which will bring another update to Office 365 and deepen the integration. It will allow Single Sign-on (SSO) and seamless navigation. It means when user will click on Yammer link in the Office365 global navigation bar, Yammer will appear immediately below with links to get back to Office 365 services like Sites and Outlook. This converged look will also have new rich document capabilities and will integrate Office Web Apps to add editing and co-editing of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents. The bigger vision is making Yammer an underlying enterprise social layer across Office, Exchange, Lync, and Dynamics integrated into SharePoint, which seems a long term and complex endeavor.

The next year will witness continued updating of Office 365 with new social enhancements that would appear every three months. Incremental enhancements will combine social, collaboration, email, messaging, video, voice and line of business applications.

Industry Impact Analysis of Yammer SharePoint Integration

Gartner analyst Larry Cannell believes that this integration could be market-changing but what matters is how much time it takes. He said that companies shouldn’t start planning ahead of the time just based on Microsoft promises, and should not scrap their current enterprise social networking plans or implementation if they are fulfilling their requirement.

The long-term vision described at the SharePoint Conference was aspirational in nature. Microsoft’s post references this when talking about ‘Connected Experiences and says they will combine social, collaboration, email, instant messaging, voice, video, and line of business applications in innovative new ways.’ However, this is mostly a summary of what Microsoft already has said and enterprises should not get swept up in these grand visions and lose focus on what is really being delivered”, he writes in his blog. “Replacing SharePoint’s newsfeed is not as simple as embedding a Yammer feed”.

Companies need to evaluate their need of enterprise social collaboration and should not over-rely on promises before something concrete is visible from this integration.

By Krishan Lal Khatri

About Krishan Lal Khatri

Krishan is a technology researcher and writer with over 12 years experience in telecommunication industry. He has a masters degree in Electronic Engineering and is member of IEEE and ISOC. He has worked with leading telecommunication service providers in Pakistan and United Arab Emirates for 10 years and then switched to teaching and research by joining a public sector university. He is currently pursuing PhD in Electrical Engineering.

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