“We have participated in the largest at-scale remote work experiment the world has seen, and it has had a dramatic impact on the employee experience. Every organization will require a unified employee experience from onboarding and collaboration to continuous learning and growth. Viva brings together everything an employee needs to be successful, from day one, in a single, integrated experience directly in Teams,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
According to Microsoft, Viva builds on the power of Teams and Microsoft 365 to unify the employee experience across four key areas — Engagement, Wellbeing, Learning and Knowledge — in an integrated experience that empowers employees to perform better.
“As the world of work changes, the next horizon of innovation will come from a focus on creativity, engagement and wellbeing so organizations can build cultures of resilience and ingenuity. Our vision is to deliver a platform for the employee experience that helps organizations create a thriving culture with engaged employees and inspiring leaders,” said Jared Spataro, corporate vice president at Microsoft 365.
Furthermore, Microsoft is releasing an initial set of modules in Viva to enable customers integrate their existing employee experience systems and tools with the new platform. These modules include Viva Connections – to be available on desktop in public preview the first half of 2021 for Teams with a mobile app coming later this year, Viva Insights – now available in public preview, Viva Learning – now available in private preview as well as Viva Topics – now generally available as an add-on to Microsoft 365 commercial plans.
Microsoft also expects its global partners, including Accenture, Avanade, PwC and EY to provide consulting and advisory services that will enable customers integrate their existing employee experience platforms with Microsoft Viva.