Microsoft has unveiled plans to profile the leading Microsoft Teams solutions on stage during Inspire 2019, calling on channel partners to submit entries for consideration.
The move comes in response to increased demand for the collaboration tool, with more than 500,000 customers - including 91 of the Fortune 500 - now deploying the software.
“Teams is Microsoft’s fastest growing business app in history, bringing communication, project management, and collaboration to a whole new level,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president of One Commercial Partner at Microsoft.
“18 months from now, I believe users will be spending half their workday in Teams, instead of Outlook, creating enormous growth opportunities for partners. By enabling customers with next-level teamwork services and custom solutions, and even SaaS [software-as-a-service] with the Teams platform, you - our trusted partners - are re-shaping workplace productivity.”
In response, Schuster has asked partners to put forward Teams solutions to be showcased during Inspire 2019, the vendor’s annual channel conference in Las Vegas.
“How are you making Microsoft’s versatile business app even more powerful?” Schuster asked. “What are you doing to make the workday easier for millions of Teams users around the world?”
For step-by-step guidance on how to submit solutions, partners can visit the Teamwork Solution Acceleration Initiative page, with submissions closing on 30 May.
According to Schuster, Microsoft partners taking advantage of the Teams opportunity are experiencing “impressive business growth” through the “customisable and extensible” platform of Teams.
“One partner in Sweden built a custom solution for a hospital that connects patient data, clinical studies, images, dashboards, and scheduling availability into the Teams hub,” Schuster added. “It enables their customer to run multi-discipline cancer board conferences more efficiently.
“Caregivers now have all the information they need in one place, saving precious time to provide better patient care. The partner is extending this solution to other customers.”
Furthermore, Schuster cited independent software vendors (ISV) such as Polly, Trello, Jiro Cloud and Wrike as having reported "significant business" growth by building integration with Teams.
“Some have actually doubled their user base with Teams and broadened distribution channels, showing that integration with the evolutionary business app pays off the initial investment,” Schuster said.
In a direct address to the channel, Schuster said partners considering building out Teams solutions should focus on four core areas, starting with streamlining processes and workflows with PowerApps and Flow in Teams, alongside deploying SharePoint solutions and web parts natively in Teams tabs.
Also, Schuster said partners must automate tasks with bots, while leveraging Graph to manage the Teams lifecycle and build intelligent solutions.
“The solutions you build for customers across industries constantly inspire me,” Schuster added. “Together, we are challenging the status quo, pushing the boundaries, and changing how we work together one team at a time. I look forward to hearing about your solutions and possibly sharing it on stage at Inspire.”