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Technology trends

I really like the concept that we’re (especially people focusing on Office 365) surfing on technology trends to assist our customers and firms do their finest. It is also an excellent imperative to be able to not be held in old or outdated technologies where employability is going to be bad (a minimum of). It’s the same for the customers looking to get the right tools to achieve the work done in the finish during the day.

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So from year upon year, we always test a number of new services and products inside a constant look for improved productivity. We sometimes adopt new tools that change the way you work. This is also true within the domain of collaboration tools, and i believe the large waves of transformation seen previously years aren’t better displayed compared to “Estimated Degree Of Enterprise Interest Over time” graph printed in Dion Hinchcliffe’s article “Seeking a contemporary Reason for Digital Workplace”.

The truly amazing factor concerning the portrayed trends here is they can be precisely mapped to Microsoft tools and trends we’ve experienced previously. For instance,

Functional trends Corresponding Microsoft tools
File Servers and drive shares Home windows file servers
Corporate E-mail Exchange / Outlook
Unified comms Lync and Skype
Portals, Intranet SharePoint
Content &amp Document Management SharePoint again
Enterprise Social systems Yammer
Resurgence of file sync &amp discussing OneDrive
Team Messaging Teams
VR &amp AR Hololens

But we are able to ask: What would be the next waves of innovation at work 365 product set?

To reply to this, we should first visit the Office 365 roadmap site, the objective of which is to list out all incoming enhancements on products within the suite.

But despite very precise and accurate information present on this website, it’s really challenging an introduction to where Microsoft is investing within the next several weeks or quarters. It is also hard to tell which products currently get the most purchase of development teams and which of them will most likely be most significant within the next several weeks and years.

Here’s where Power BI could be a big help. You are able to download a spreadsheet form of the roadmap after which manipulate it easier. The next analysis is dependant on work 365 Roadmap Stand out file by March 15, 2018.  After quick transformations in Power BI, this is a first simple look at the amount of features presently under development or lately released.

Step One: Raw figures analysis

About this display, we are able to already see interesting things:

  • The event effort on Office 365 is actually impressive, using more than 500 additional features planned and put into the roadmap within the last couple of several weeks.
  • One of the 534 features listed,
    • greater than 100 (20%) happen to be released,
    • 176 (33%) are launched,
    • 48 (9%) are moving out,
    • 198 (37%) continue to be under development
    • only 5 (under 1%) happen to be cancelled once put into the roadmap.
  • There’s a obvious quarterly peak in activity, the majority of the features happen to be put into the roadmap in June 2017, October 2017, The month of january 2018.
  • Unsure if this sounds like a lengthy-term trend, but there’s a decreasing quantity of features added from quarter to quarter.
  • The planned availability dates for that features are challenging evaluate, as there’s not really a homogeneous method to describe planned availability dates. For instance, we’ve: CY2018, Feb 2018, March 2018, “Post Launch: Q1 CY2018”, “In development: Q1 CY2018” which could all connect with exactly the same period. We will need to perform some adjustments so that you can evaluate these figures more precisely.
  • Unsurprisingly Microsoft Teams may be the first tool by features planned with 90 additional features planned. However, the 2nd and third category tend to be decreased with “Office 365” and “blank”. The next tags within the list are: OneDrive for Business, “O365, SharePoint”, Yammer, SharePoint, Outlook.

Step Two: Breakdown by deployment stages

So let’s continue our analysis beginning with reminding you from the states of features within the roadmap:

To become obvious, work 365 roadmap is simply the final stage from the feature idea to being put into Office 365. UserVoice sites by products supplying an initial step, allowing wealthy interactions between product teams and finish-users:

This is actually the current features breakdown by stage:

With PowerBI, it’s easy to evaluate stage breakdown for any specific product. Here’s the dashboard filtered with tag “O365, Groups”:

We are able to see easily here that launched and formerly released features outpace features in dev, that is a manifestation of the merchandise entering the maturity phase. In connection with this, it’s quite interesting to check (from left to right below) the condition of Teams (still inside a development burst) versus Groups (already joined inside a maturity phase) as well as Sway (with very little new dev planned):

Step Three: Breakdown by tags, also known as products

Let’s now explore the introduction to features by tag. Within the original schema, it’s striking that blank and generic “O365” tags are some of the best three greatest groups. It is also obvious that some cleansing can be achieved. For instance, you are able to aggregate similar groups like “O365, SharePoint” and “SharePoint”.

Another apparent skin cleansing is, for instance, Stream features aren’t tagged (they seem within the blank category), and so i made the required updates.

I additionally produced categories of tags to collect related tags together (for instance Exchange and Outlook). The outcomes of those enhancements is visible below:

Here is the resulting order of 5 Best products by quantity of features. If you only take features under development into consideration, the ranking is slightly different, and Teams is once more number 1.

5 Best all features incorporated 5 Best thinking about only in development features
Core Office 365 (Other) Teams (54 features under dev)
SharePoint and OneDrive Facebook Core Office 365 (44 features under dev)
Teams SharePoint and OneDrive Facebook (30 under dev)
Exchange and Outlook Exchange and Outlook (28 features under dev)
Yammer Stream (14 features under dev)

This clearly establishes the very best priorities of Microsoft dev teams at work 365.

It is also interesting to notice that Power BI, Flow, and PowerApps updates are nearly not contained in this picture, because these goods are more from the Dynamics dev teams.

Step Four: Breakdown by believed availability dates

We are able to are now using product meta-groups produced in step three to characterize believed availability dates.

It’s interesting to determine the large wave of innovation we’d as much as Q1 CY2018! Within this aspect, less additional features are planned for the following area of the year, however that could change.

It ought to be noted these availability dates are believed and aren’t updated within the roadmap. For instance, Microsoft To-Do arrived at GA much sooner (October 2017) than formerly mentioned (Q2 CY2018):

Step Five: Word Cloud filtering

To finish this analysis, it’s very easy to include a word Cloud visual component in PowerBI and for doing things to filter features either around the title field or around the tag field.

Listed here are the entire word clouds. Around the left may be the word cloud produced by the tags, around the right may be the word cloud produced by the title field.

By using this component, you are able to rapidly filter all planned features that contains “iOS” within their name. This is a screenshot from the result:


I really hope this has provided a couple of insights around the Office 365 roadmap. If you wish to explore the dataset yourself, you are able to have fun with it by visiting the next URL. Also, with this publish in French, click the link.

Enjoy your surf!

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