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The Benefits of Microsoft Teams in the Time of Coronavirus

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The Budapest Business Journal talks with György Kosztolánczy, CEO of real estate trading and advisory firm Otthon Centrum about the benefits of using Microsoft Teams.

BBJ: How has Otthon Centrum been using Microsoft Teams for work since the stay at home orders were introduced?

György Kosztolánczy: After the introduction of government measures following the appearance of COVID-19 in Hungary, the management of Otthon Centrum also decided to switch to work from home in order to protect the health of our colleagues. In the current situation, it was clear to us that we needed to choose a high-quality application that offers a secure, flexible way to communicate, while being easily accessible from anywhere and for everyone, even on smartphones without the need to download.

As our company had already been a subscriber of the Office 365 business package for some time, Teams seemed an obvious solution for this purpose. The correctness of our decision has also been confirmed in recent weeks. Since the introduction of the restrictions, we have been using the app on a daily basis for consultations, business negotiations, presentations, and education.

BBJ: Could you imagine making home office work without Microsoft Teams?

GyK: The app offers a great deal of help to all of us in our daily work. It simplifies communication within the company, eliminates unnecessary e-mail exchanges, and it helps in issuing tasks and controlling them more smoothly, even in the current situation. We can use the app to great effect for organizing online meetings, presentations, teamwork, as well as creating and managing common documents.

BBJ: How are you also using Teams for educational purposes?

GyK: We have moved Otthon Centrum’s training to digital platforms in the recent months. We have courses where our students can master the curriculum with the help of videos pre-recorded by the instructors, but most of the courses continue to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Teams. According to our plans, some of our training will stay on this platform, since it saves time for our colleagues.

BBJ: The Hungarian economy is slowly beginning to emerge from its lockdown. How will you use Microsoft Teams in the post-pandemic period?

GyK: We are planning to use the app even after the epidemic. Being a nationwide network, it will make it easier to communicate with rural colleagues, organize larger meetings and implement them on the Teams interface. Additionally, we plan to hold our regular professional conferences on this platform, at least until the virus disappears for good from our lives.

BBJ: What do you like most about Teams?

GyK: We are pleased, as a market leading company with a nationwide network, to be able to use the application as a partner with Microsoft. In the case of the Otthon Centrum, Teams is especially useful, as we have offices in almost every part of the country, and we can keep in touch with colleagues working there through this communication channel. They can do so on a platform that is independent, provides mobility, and can be used on any popular operating system (iOS, Android, Windows) and any device (PC, tablet, mobile). Furthermore, it is safe and free of advertising.

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