chat-business-meeting-msPower BI teams up with Microsoft Teams

Written by Maggie Sparkman as seen on Microsoft Corporation
Have you seen the announcement about Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365? Check it out!
Groups in Power BI are built on Office 365 groups, too, so now you can add and interact with Power BI groups in your Microsoft Teams groups.
If you're an admin for a Power BI group, when you create a team in Microsoft Teams, the app suggests that you add Microsoft Teams functionality to your existing group.
In your Microsoft Teams channel, you just tap the + sign, then add Power BI as a tab in your channel.
Add Power BI to Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams automatically detects all the reports in your Power BI groups and in My Workspace. You can choose which ones to show in the Power BI tab in your channel.
Now your Power BI report is handsomely displayed in your Microsoft Teams channel.
If your team isn't taking advantage of groups in Power BI yet, now is a great time to try them. They're a great way to share your dashboards, reports, and datasets with your coworkers. Read more about groups in Power BI.
Then see how you can leverage your Power BI groups in Microsoft Teams!

Introducing Microsoft Teams—the chat-based workspace in Office 365

By Kirk Koenigsbauer as written on
Today, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams: the new chat-based workspace in Office 365 that brings together people, conversations, content, and the tools teams need to achieve more together. Naturally and thoughtfully integrated with familiar Office applications and services—and built entirely on the Office 365 global, security-rich, compliant hyperscale cloud service—Microsoft Teams joins the rich portfolio of Office 365 experiences designed for the unique workstyle of every group.
·         Chat for today’s teams – Communicate in the moment, and keep everyone in the know

·         A hub for team work – Give teams quick access to information they need, right in Office 365
·         A customizable experience – Tailor workspaces to include content and capabilities teams need every day.
·         Security teams can trust – Get the enterprise-level security and compliance features you expect from Office 365.
Why Microsoft Teams?
Today, people work on twice as many teams as they did five years ago. As your customers’ need for collaboration increases, so does their need to find new ways to work together. Microsoft Teams can meet diverse customer needs, with an integrated suite that beats the siloed alternatives in every category. Group email and calendar. Content co-creation. Audio/video meetings. Cross-company connections. And more.
Microsoft Teams further strengthens Office 365 value, opening doors for you to discuss the benefits of an integrated set of collaboration capabilities with current customers and to win new business with prospective customers who need persistent chat. The just-announced Developer Preview gives you early access to the resources you need to build bots, connectors, and rich integrations for Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Teams availability
On 02 November 2016, Microsoft Teams will be available in preview to Office 365 commercial customers with Business and Enterprise suite plans, in 181 countries and 18 languages. Office 365 Administrators of qualifying plans can turn on Microsoft Teams through their IT Admin Center, and begin their pilots today.
By Jeff Barr, Amazon WorkSpaces
AWS customers are deploying Amazon WorkSpaces at scale in medium and large organizations. For example, health care company Johnson & Johnson is using WorkSpaces to realize the long-promised security and efficacy benefits of virtual desktops, in a world populated by a diverse workforce that would like to use their own computing devices if possible (also known as BYOD – Bring Your Own Device). You can view their recent presentation, Deploying Amazon WorkSpaces at Scale, to learn more about what they did and how they now support BYOD for 16,000 contractors and employees, along with zero clients for another 8,000 users.

New Metrics

In order to help our customers to monitor their WorkSpaces deployments, we recently added additional Amazon CloudWatch metrics for WorkSpaces. These metrics are designed to provide administrators with additional insight in to the overall health and connection status of individual WorkSpaces and of all of the WorkSpaces that belong to a particular directory.
Like all CloudWatch metrics, these metrics can be viewed in the AWS Management Console, accessed via the CloudWatch APIs, and monitored by CloudWatch Alarms and third-party tools.

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The new metrics are enabled by default and are available to you at no extra charge.

Here’s what you get:
  • Available – WorkSpaces that respond to a status check are counted in this metric.
  • Unhealthy – WorkSpaces that do not respond to the same status check are counted in this metric.
  • ConnectionAttempt – The number of connection attempts made to a WorkSpace.
  • ConnectionSuccess – The number of successful connection attempts.
  • ConnectionFailure – The number of unsuccessful connection attempts.
  • SessionLaunchTime – The amount of time taken to initiate a session, as measured by the WorkSpaces client.
  • InSessionLatency – The round trip time between the WorkSpaces client and WorkSpaces, as measured and reported by the client.
  • SessionDisconnect – The number of user initiated and automatically closed sessions.
Here’s how you create an alarm that will fire if a user cannot connect to their WorkSpace:
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Available Now:
The new metrics are available now and you can start monitoring them today!


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