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Today's ITUnity Champ:

Naomi Moneypenny

Naomi Moneypenny

Chief Technology Officer, Synxi (ManyWorlds Inc.)
Blog: https://naomimoneypenny.com
Twitter: @nmoneypenny

Moneypenny leads a research and development team for machine-learning based collaboration systems. She has more than 30 patents in adaptive systems and anticipatory computing. She also knows a heck of a lot about SharePoint, Yammer, Teams and the growing family of Microsoft collaboration products and services.

Moneypenny also is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the Office Servers and Services area. She is a frequent speaker at a variety of industry events and also serves as a program lead for Streaming It Out Loud, a digital signage app for enterprise social networks, which is currently used by more than 300 organizations.

Last year, Moneypenny wrote a post meant to help users think through the many choices they had in collaboration tools from Microsoft. Given how often I continue to get questions about “how do I choose,” I think her post is still quite timely today:

Choices in Collaboration: Microsoft Teams, Yammer & Office 365 Groups Service

As Neo correctly identified in the Matrix, the Problem is Choice.

But it really is a good problem to have. Collaboration in our organizations is dependent on the goals of the team or group of people, how they want to work, where they want to work and what they are working on. There are some organizational imposed boundaries like scope of membership of the group, the records they are creating and keeping as well as security and compliance needs….

For business to move at the speed of business, we cannot treat the whole business as one uniform mass of users. But we also cannot just take the consumer model of individual choices of yes to Twitter, no to Facebook etc.; we have to work with other people to get our work done. In fact, within and across the functions and departments in our organization, there are some groups moving fast, some slow and some average. But we are reliant on others in order to move our own work forward, whether that is a simple as feedback and iteration, approval or as complex as creation of new content, ideation and process improvement.

Read the rest of her post here.