Microsoft unveils Viva platform to boost remote working

Staff Writer
By Staff Writer, ITWeb
Johannesburg, 05 Feb 2021
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

Global software giant Microsoft has launched employee experience platform, Microsoft Viva, which it says aims to replace the old intranet sites and help businesses with remote working.

The company says the launch of Viva is in response to economic and social trends that are driving durable changes in workforce engagement.

Viva is designed to help employees learn, grow and thrive, with new experiences that integrate with the productivity and collaboration capabilities in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, it says.

Amid the shift to an increasingly distributed and digital work environment, demand has grown for solutions that support corporate culture, knowledge discovery, on-the-job learning and employee wellbeing, it notes.

“Microsoft Viva builds on the power of Teams and Microsoft 365 to unify the employee experience across four key areas – engagement, wellbeing, learning and knowledge – in an integrated experience that empowers people to be their best.”

A global network of consulting and advisory firms consisting of Accenture, Avanade, PwC and Ernst & Young will help customers optimise their existing employee experience investments with Microsoft Viva.

“Every organisation will require a unified employee experience from onboarding and collaboration, to continuous learning and growth. Viva brings together everything an employee needs to be successful, from day one, in a single, integrated experience directly in Teams,” says Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

“We have participated in the largest at-scale remote work experiment the world has seen, and it has had a dramatic impact on the employee experience.”

Commenting on the new platform, Jared Spataro, corporate vice-president, Microsoft 365, says: “As the world of work changes, the next horizon of innovation will come from a focus on creativity, engagement and wellbeing so organisations can build cultures of resilience and ingenuity.

“Our vision is to deliver a platform for the employee experience that helps organisations create a thriving culture with engaged employees and inspiring leaders.”

Microsoft Viva is an employee experience platform that ushers in a new enterprise software category that focuses entirely on the daily needs of employees at work, says Josh Bersin, research analyst and expert on employee experience technology.

“Viva will enable companies to integrate their fragmented workplace tools and provide them in the flow of work.”