Office 365 Delve Is Vital For Facebook Workers…
Office 365 Delve (formerly known as Project Oslo) is a center-piece for Office 365 in the workplace. This service is built atop the Office Graph. Office Graph provides actionable intelligence on workers connections, the shared meetings, mails and documents. The content discovery is presented through Delve. If you have Office 365 in the workplace then you should have Delve.
Facebook wants Office 365 and specifically Delve, and today they announced they are getting it.
Why Does Facebook Need Office 365?
According to Tim Campos, CIO of Facebook the decision to make this leap is multi-faceted: –
- Facebook works 100% online.
- Facebook has multiple offices in multiple locations worldwide. Employees need the ability to collaborate in real-time on shared projects.
- Facebook facilitates cross-platform for employees to maximize effectiveness.
- several other reasons
Office 365 delivers all this and more. However, Office 365 Delve delivers actionable insights into how and with whom Facebook employees are collaborating.
Delve and behind it the Office Graph, deliver “personal analytics” but also a powerful social network for the workplace.
Whilst Facebook clearly needs a productivity / collaboration solution the choice and focus on Office 365 Delve as a crucial service leaves major questions.
What are the ramifications for Facebook At Work? Facebook has invested in building version of their social network with a separate work login and a closed ecosystem for your company, using Facebook and its associated tools.
Furthermore, Facebook has both iOS and Android apps in each store to support this. Are there no Facebook Insights or Facebook Graph API adding the same kind of intelligence and personal analytics that Office 365 Delve does?
The Warptest POV
Facebook has made progress with Facebook At Work and it is in use in-house (allegedly this is how Mark Zuckerberg makes company-wide announcements). This is not the mature, versatile ecosystem that Office 365 is.
I’ve used the phrase force multiplier recently but none deliver this as much as Office 365 Delve. Facebook have wisely chosen to bet on mature, evolving applications that are only improving and adding more apps and versatility as time goes on. In past posts, I’ve shared an alternate vision for Google+ that would have taken it into the productivity sphere for companies instead of where it is today.
It will be interesting to see how Facebook integrate with Office 365. Perhaps this is the future for Facebook at Work.
Now throw into the mix that Microsoft is firmly embedded in Facebook and owns LinkedIn. Food for thought.
What do you think?