How? What? Viva is alive again?
I have to admit — my spontaneous association with Viva leads to the music station of the same name, which I last watched years ago and which was discontinued at the end of 2018, as Wikipedia tells me. I wouldn’t have known. But I’m looking for something else. When I enter Viva in my favourite search engine, the station is still at the top of the hit list despite the setting. But just behind it is Viva from Redmond — Microsoft’s new platform, which is to become the dae facto standard of a market segment that is abbreviated by EPX and called the Employee Experience Programme. I would like to take a closer look at that today.
Microsoft offers a 30-minute introduction to the topic on the Viva home page: (https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/microsoft-viva/overview). Okay, I invest those 30 minutes. Time for the Viva Show!
Working from home or sleeping at work?
I think the introductory question on remote work has been successful. Hybrid work has many people in control, blurring the boundaries between work and home. Instead of travel time, you have more working time, real teams give way to virtual and meetings are sewn together in close time, because you no longer have to go from the meeting room Helsinki on the 3rd floor in building 9 to the Milan area in building 1 to the basement. We leave a conference with the words “sorry, I have to go to the next meeting” and hop into the next virtual room, where we apologise again and say “hello” and a few more words. Shortly thereafter, at least one participant writes in the chat that our microphone is muted.
This brings us back to the video, on the subject of cooperation. In addition to learning and well-being, this is Viva’s central focus. The basis here is teams, the fastest growing and central driving force of Microsoft 365. Viva therefore wants not only to bring these components into a common platform, but also to network the functionality as much as possible. The conceivable combinations are therefore learning new things while working, learning from other learning while working together, unlocking new knowledge through integrated learning, not forgetting well-being in all work and sometimes taking a break.
Beautiful new world?
Well, I think everyone has to decide for themselves. When we work with Microsoft 365, Microsoft just knows a lot about us. When we work, what we do, what we look for, what we write and read, as long as it only happens in this virtual universe. Therefore, in order to provide a platform such as Viva and deliver very accurate information to the user over time, it is important to be aware that usage and usage data is being analysed by Microsoft. This has already prompted data protectionists to do this in the past and has resulted in M365 being classified as non-compliant with data protection.
GDPR and Office 365 — what does this mean for businesses? (anwalt.de)
Four-wins? or What belongs to Viva?
In the context of the first video sequence, the 4 components are worked out: