Delving into the Details – Benefit or Distraction?

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Delving into the Details – Benefit or Distraction?

Microsoft has been escalating their focus on Delve, and everywhere you look, if you are into Microsoft, Delve is the next best thing since sliced bread. For those living in a bubble, Delve is a productivity tool to help people work in new and more connected ways. Delve surfaces relevant content and insights tailored to each person. Microsoft has been internally pushing development teams to provide more connectivity options for Delve which currently supports Office Online, OneDrive for Business, Yammer, Office 365 Video Portal, eMail, and social feeds from within Office 365.

One of the problems Microsoft is facing, despite their touting of the rapid growth of Office 365, the real growth can be attributed to Exchange, not Office 365. For it to become the cloud solution of choice, Microsoft must shift the focus as a giant email server to fulfill their vision of Office 365 becoming the standard to encompass and become the center of the enterprise IT infrastructure. Hence, products like Delve.

Personally, the way I work, I would find Delve a distraction not a productivity tool. Apparently so do many SharePoint/Office 365 enterprises. In our annual 2015 SharePoint and Office 365 Metadata survey, currently unpublished, the overwhelming majority of respondents indicated that they would not be using Delve, either now or in the future, in fact, almost half indicated no interest at all.

That figure may very well change in the future. Right now, despite the best efforts of Microsoft, it is still somewhat of a half-baked product. As Steve Jobs said, ‘You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around’. Would you use Delve? Would you find it a productivity enhancement, or are you old school like me and would find it a distraction?

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