How collaborative is your bid team? Check out Microsoft Teams, the latest addition to Office 365, an obvious bid management enabler.
Built into Office 365, Microsoft Teams is an immediate competitor with enterprise chat apps like Slack, HipChat, and Cisco Spark. A hub for teamwork, providing bid teams with instant access to everything they need right within Office 365.
Having used all of the above, I’ve been taken aback with the functionality and simplicity of Teams. Simply create a channel, add users and bingo! – all your content, tools, people, and conversations are available in the team workspace with built-in access to SharePoint, OneNote, and Skype for Business. Having the ability to work collaboratively on documents, through co-authoring and IM, right within the app…is just amaze balls!
I recently managed a bid for a client who had contributors spread across the country, what company doesn’t I hear you ask? The mobile app ensured that the remote bid team members could contribute via chat and watch the tender response being built in real time – this is an absolute game changer. The standout feature was the ability to video conference contributors on the fly with the push of a button – ideal for bid for kick off meetings, reviews, and signoffs. Below is just a snapshot of how I’ve been able to incorporate Teams into the management of recent bids.
If you have an Office 365 environment, you need to have your administrator switch on Teams within the admin area. There are some limitations at present, like the inability to add members outside of your active directory, but I belive this is a top priority feature on Microsoft’s to-do list. Give it a go and ley us know here at Bid Specialists if it was an obvious bid management enabler.
All bids managed via Bid Specialists are supported and managed within Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud. Each bid is given a unique SharePoint site for full bid team collaboration.