Solutions Spotlight: Microsoft Delve

Delve LogoMicrosoft would like to welcome you to a world where information finds you, rather than vice versa. Introducing: Delve. A new organizational tool that shows you personalized information based on what you’re working on and what’s trending around you. For instance, let’s say you have a team meeting tomorrow regarding Project A. Delve will show you the team members involved with Project A, all documents and conversations (emails) pertaining to the project, and which of these documents have been recently modified. You no longer have to remember where anything is stored; all relevant information is shown “at a glance” in an easy-to-understand card-based design. The information can be brought up with a simple search term, and Delve respects permission levels so users only see documents they have access to.

Delve is powered by Office Graph, Microsoft’s revolutionary tool that “uses sophisticated machine learning techniques to map the relationships between people, content, and activity that occurs across Office 365.” You can read more about Office Graph here , but in short, Graph collects all information occurring within Office 365 (documents, meetings, conversations) and allows you to search against it.  Delve’s job is to be the smart, single-user interface to Graph’s powerful search engine.

Corey Roth, a Microsoft MVP, had an opportunity to demo the product and put together a fantastic preview using screen shots:

By default, you are going to get an empty screen unless you have some content shared with you. You won’t see the full power of Microsoft Delve until you have a sufficiently active SharePoint tenant.

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However, if you have some content loaded, you can start to see it in action when you click on My Work. Here you will find documents relevant to you because you have modified them.

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You can easily do keyword searched with Delve and get a nice visual display of the results.

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Microsoft Delve can figure out people that are relevant to you and you will see them listed in the navigation. Click on the link and it will show you the documents that they have worked on. Remember, you can only see documents that you have permission to view.

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You can read Corey’s full review here. For additional information on Delve, or to see if this solution is right for you, check out Microsoft’s Info Page which also includes pricing information.

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