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Shared channels: The New Kid on the Block

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  • David Francoeur
  • Joy Apple
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60 minutes

May 24, 2023


Work Made Simple
in Microsoft Teams &
Microsoft 365

Enable, adopt and govern in Microsoft 365 with Orchestry, across your entire organization, empowering IT Administrators and end-users.

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Overcome Common Microsoft 365 Challenges with Orchestry

  • What to Use When
  • Bottlenecked Governance
  • Costly Customizations
  • Paradox of Choice

What to Use When in Microsoft 365

Figuring out which tool to start with in Microsoft 365 is a full-time job. For a new project, do I set up a Microsoft Team, SharePoint Site, Yammer Community, the list goes on.

Work Made Simple in Microsoft 365

Orchestry enables a business-first conversation, eliminating the nuances of which Microsoft 365 business application is best for the tasks; pick your purpose/outcome without needing to be a technology expert.

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Tightly Bottlenecked Governance or Unwieldly Microsoft Teams Sprawl

Often the creation of Microsoft Teams or SharePoint Online Sites is either too tightly restricted creating bottlenecks or too far enabled creating duplication and sprawl.

Empower and Control with Orchestry

Orchestry delivers empowering governance tools to drive adoption and usage with simple workflows for requesting and approving Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online Sites that help prevent unnecessary sprawl or restricted controls.

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Expensive and Time-Consuming Microsoft 365 Customizations

Defining and implementing a custom Microsoft 365 strategy for how your organization uses these business apps in a business-first scenario is incredibly time-consuming and expensive.

Pre-Built Microsoft 365 Workspace Templates

Orchestry comes packed with Microsoft 365 best practice strategies implemented and stacked in the platform, from pre-built workspace templates, empowering governance, intuitive workspace requests and more.

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Too Many Microsoft 365 Tools Performing the Same Task

Individuals collaborating in Microsoft 365 means each user must know the difference between the many tools that have the same function, such as setting up tasks in To-Do, Lists, Outlook Tasks or Microsoft Planner.

Remove Microsoft 365 Analysis Paralysis with Orchestry

Orchestry makes work simple putting the business purpose and outcomes first to deliver the best Microsoft 365 tool to use at the right time, for the right purpose.

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Expand Your Microsoft 365 Possibilities

Where does Orchestry fit within the collaboration space of Microsoft 365?

Orchestry is a balanced platform composed of adoption tools, engaging templates, controlled provisioning, and empowering self-service to drive usage and adoption success in Office 365 and Microsoft Teams.

  • Actionable
  • Comprehensive
  • Pre-Built
  • Transparent
  • Controlled
  • Informative


Quickly find the information you need without needing multiple Microsoft Administration Centers or PowerShell with Orchestry's Actionable Workspace Insights.

  • Workspace Usage

    Understand the usage of your Workspace to identify inactivity quickly and easily

  • Workspace Info

    Get relevant information impacting governance or adoption in a simple, beautiful interface

  • Workspace Overview

    Understand historical usage patterns to help drive better decisions



Comprehensively manage Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 Groups, SharePoint Team Sites and Communication Sites throughout their entire lifecycle with Orchestry’s Comprehensive Lifecycle Management.

  • Workspace History

    Understand creation and provisioning history

  • Workspace Management

    Engage content owners to deliver Lifecycle management at scale

  • Workspace Lifecycle

    Apply Lifecycle status to Microsoft Teams, Groups and SharePoint



Save time, money, and headaches with Pre-Built Workspace Templates, putting years of Microsoft 365 best practices in place in just a few clicks.

  • Extending Teams

    Go beyond out of the box Microsoft Teams templates with support for Channels, Tabs, App and everything in between

  • SharePoint Templating

    Rich SharePoint templating support

  • Pre-Built Template

    Rich SharePoint templating support



Manage the creation and governance of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 Groups, and SharePoint Sites through a single interface with end-to-end lifecycle management.

  • Automated Workflows

    Require automated approvals to control sprawl and duplication in Microsoft 365

  • Workspace Requests

    Make quick decision by understand the context of any requests

  • Defined Metadata

    Categorize content to drive governance and discoverability



Strike a balance between user empowerment and governance through Orchestry's exquisite, user-friendly self-service features to simplify control, without the endless IT bottlenecks.

  • Workspace Request Wizard

    Present ready to go solutions for your users to help answer the ‘What to use when’ question in Microsoft 365

  • Self-Service Workspaces

    Present ready to go solutions for your users to help answer the ‘What to use when’ question in Microsoft 365



Eliminate sprawl and duplication of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Groups, and SharePoint Sites by providing a metadata driven search experience for users to find the right tools.

  • Findable Workspaces

    Empower users with a simple step by step wizard

  • Architect Discoverability

    Present ready to go solutions for your users to help answer the ‘What to use when’ question in Microsoft 365

Where Are You in Your Microsoft Teams Journey?

Workspace Templates + Provisioning + Directory + Dashboard + Governance =

All-Inclusive in Orchestry

  • Getting Started with MS Teams
  • A Messy MS Teams Deployment
  • Accelerating Your MS Teams Success
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If you are just getting started with Microsoft Teams, let Orchestry help you implement success with:

  • Pre-built Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams Workspaces Templates Icon

    Pre-Built Workspace Templates

    $6,000+ estimated cost-savings per Basic Teams/Site

  • Intuitive Workspace Governance in Microsoft Teams Icon

    Intuitive Workspace Governance

    $3,000+ estimated cost-savings per Custom Basic Workspace Form Request & Approval

  • Intelligent Workspace Provisioning Microsoft Teams Icon

    Intelligent Workspace Provisioning

    $6,000+ estimated cost-savings per administration of New Workspace

Built by a seasoned team of Office 365 Architects and SharePoint MVPs.

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You have Microsoft Teams, now what? You are floundering in a sea Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online Sites sprawl. Orchestry helps you unwind and shine with:

  • intelligent Microsoft 365 Workspace Governance Provisioning Ico

    Intelligent Workspace Governance & Provisioning

    $6,000+ estimated cost-savings per Basic Teams/Site

  • Orchestry Illustration - standardized MS Teams workspace templates icon

    Standardized Workspace Templates

    $6,000+ estimated cost-savings per Teams/Site

  • Microsoft 365 End User Adoption Tools Icon Orchestry

    End-user Adoption Tools

    $6,000+ estimated cost-savings Office 365 Custom Strategy & End User Training

Built by a seasoned team of Office 365 Architects and SharePoint MVPs.

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Now that you are comfortably running and managing Microsoft Teams, it is time to get more out of your investment. Let Orchestry accelerate your success tailoring your Microsoft Teams deployment precisely to your organizational needs with:

  • Orchestry Icon - Custom Microsoft 365 Workspace Templates

    Custom Workspace Templates

    $6,000+ estimated cost-savings per Custom Teams/Site

  • Orchestry Icon - Custom Metadata M365

    Custom Metadata

    $600+ estimated cost-savings per Custom Metadata

  • Orchestry Icon - Custom PNP Features Microsoft 365

    Custom PNP Features

    $1,500+ estimated cost-savings per Custom PNP

Built by a seasoned team of Microsoft 365 Architects and SharePoint MVPs.

Orchestry for Office 365 Enables Intelligently

"We have talked a lot about ways to manage growing our business. With this new system leveraging Orchestry, we now see that we can manage everything we need even with agents working from home or on the go. It’s been an absolute game-changer."

Mark Turner, President, Maine Source Homes

Office 365: What to Use When

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The paradox of choice in Microsoft 365 has left many digital workplace professionals lost and confused, not knowing which application to use for daily tasks nor for collaborative work.

Orchestry makes work simple, taking the guesswork out of what to use when in Microsoft 365. Orchestry gets employees to the right tool at the right time for the right purpose to increase adoption through pre-built Workspace Templates, intelligent Provisioning, informative Workspace Directory, and empowering Microsoft 365 Governance.

Delivering the answers you need when you need them making your entire organization more organized and productive. That is Orchestry, Work Made Simple.

Try Orchestry Free Today
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Orchestry delivers that single point of administrative access Microsoft 365 IT administrators desire to standardize, govern and empower across Microsoft 365, including creating custom solutions that are presented in a simple, purpose driven view for end users.

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Orchestry opens up a new world of possibilities in Microsoft 365 for developers with the ability to create custom templates, custom metadata and custom PNP features through a structured, beautiful interface that standardizes, governs and empowers across Microsoft 365.

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Orchestry gets the end user to the business-first job tasks they need to execute, while removing the need for a deep understanding of the different technologies in Microsoft 365. Orchestry delivers your employees to the right tools, at the right time for the right purpose, most efficiently.

Learn More About Users
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Orchestry allows power users to create complex Workspace Template for use across the organization without any custom code or deep knowledge of Microsoft 365 technologies. Enabling power users to reuse Web Parts, Lists and Libraries to implement across Teams, Sites and Templates makes power users endlessly productive.

Learn More About Users

Your Affordable Microsoft Teams / Microsoft 365 Adoption, Templating & Governance Strategy

Orchestry is the affordable Microsoft 365 workspace solution that delivers the answers users need, when they need them, to get maximum efficiency, productivity and flexibility.

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This Privacy Policy explains what information Orchestry Software Inc. and its associated entities (collectively “Orchestry”) collect about you, why, what we do with that information, how we share it and how we handle the content you place in our products and services. It also explains the choices available to you regarding our use of your personal information and how you can access and update this information.

Privacy Policy Scope

Our Privacy Policy applies to the information we collect when you use one of our services, or when you otherwise engage with Orchestry Software, including, but not limited to:
when you visit our websites (“Websites“);
when you contact us for assistance;
when we connect with you as a prospective customer or as a customer;
when you attend customer or prospective customer events;
when you meet us at third party events, gatherings or meetups.
Orchestry is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy applies to our websites (Websites), including, and, owned and controlled by Orchestry.

This Privacy Policy governs our data collection, processing and usage practices. It also describes your choices regarding use, access and correction of your personal information. By using the Websites, you consent to the data practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with the data practices described in this Privacy Policy, you should not use the Websites.

Information We Collect

We collect personal data that you submit to us via our website or third-party tools including, for example, when applying for a job via our website or requesting support in relation to one of our services.
You are free to explore the Websites without providing any Personal Information about yourself. When you visit the Websites, we request that you provide Personal Information about yourself, and we collect Navigational Information.

Information Collection & Access

Orchestry acknowledges that you have the right to access your Personal Information. If requested to remove data we will respond within a reasonable timeframe.

We may transfer Personal Information to companies that help us provide our service, such as those organizations as part of our Global Partner Alliance. Transfers to subsequent third parties for the sole purpose of responding to requests from Websites in the appropriate geography service territory.

“Personal Information”
This refers to any information that you voluntarily submit to us and that identifies you personally, including contact information, such as your name, e-mail address, company name, address, phone number, and other information about yourself or your business. Personal Information can also include information that you enter into on the Websites, and information about you that is available on the internet, such as from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google, or publicly available information that we acquire from service providers.

“Navigational Information”
This refers to information about your computer and your visits to this website such as your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and pages viewed.

We use Navigational Information to operate and improve the Websites. We may also use Navigational Information alone or in combination with Personal Information to provide you with personalized information about Orchestry.

Information About Children

The Websites are not intended for or targeted at children under 13, and we do not knowingly or intentionally collect information about children under 13. If you believe that we have collected information about a child under 13, please contact us at, so that we may delete the information.

Information Usage

We use the information we collect only in compliance with this Privacy Policy.

In addition to the uses identified elsewhere in this Privacy Policy, we may use your Personal Information to: (a) improve your browsing experience by personalizing the Websites; (b) send information to you which we think may be of interest to you by post, email, or other means; (c) send you marketing communications relating to our business.

We will never sell your Personal Information to any third party. However, we may share or disclose your Personal Information as follows:
we may provide your information to our business partners, vendors or service providers who perform functions on our behalf;
in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company;
as required by law, government officials, or other third parties pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other legal process or requirement applicable to our Company;
when we believe, in our sole discretion, that the disclosure of personal information is necessary to prevent physical harm or financial loss;
to report suspected illegal activity or to investigate violations of our agreements.

Reviewing, Correcting and Removing Your Personal Information
Upon request, Orchestry will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your Personal Information. If you provide us with your Personal Information, you have the following rights with respect to that information:
To review the user information that you have supplied to us.
To request that we correct any errors, outdated information, or omissions in user information that you have supplied to us.
To request that your user information not be used to contact you.
To request that your user information be removed from any solicitation list that we use.
To request that your user information be deleted from our records.
To opt out of being solicited by Orchestry or third parties.

To exercise any of these rights, please contact us at or by mail to Orchestry Software Inc., 422 Richards St, Suite 170, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Z4, Attn: Privacy. We will respond to your request to change, correct, or delete your information within a reasonable timeframe and notify you of the action we have taken.

Retention of Personal Information

We retain Personal Information that you provide us as long as we consider it potentially useful in contacting you our services, or as needed to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements, and then we securely delete the information. We will delete this information from the servers at an earlier date if you so request, as described in “Unsubscribe from Communication” below.

Customer Testimonials and Comments

We post customer testimonials and comments on our Websites, which may contain Personal Information. We obtain each customer’s consent via email prior to posting the customer’s name and testimonial.

Security of your Personal Information

We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. We secure the Personal Information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.

Social Media Features

Our Websites include Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets, such as the Share This button or interactive mini-programs that run on our sites. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our sites, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Websites. This Privacy Policy does not apply to these features.  Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy and other policies of the companies providing them.

External Websites

Our Websites provide links to other websites. We do not control, and are not responsible for, the content or practices of these other websites. Our provision of such links does not constitute our endorsement of these other websites, their content, their owners, or their practices. This Privacy Policy does not apply to these other websites, which are subject to any privacy and other policies they may have.

Public Forums

We offer publicly accessible blogs, message boards and community forums. Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose any information through our public message boards, blogs, or forums, this information may be collected and used by others. We will correct or delete any information you have posted on the Websites if you so request, as described in “Opting Out and Unsubscribing” below.

International Transfer of Information

To facilitate our global operations, we may transfer and access Personal Information from around the world, including the United States. This Privacy Policy shall apply even if we transfer Personal Information to other countries.

Corporate Events

If we (or our assets) are acquired by another company, whether by merger, acquisition, bankruptcy or otherwise, that company would receive all information gathered by Orchestry on the Websites. In this event, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our website, of any change in ownership, uses of your Personal Information, and choices you may have regarding your Personal Information.

Cookies & Similar Technologies

Orchestry uses cookies or similar technologies to analyze trends, administer the website, track users’ movements around the website, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.

The cookies we use on this website are broadly grouped into the following categories:

Essential: Some of the cookies on our website are essential for us to be able to provide you with a service you have requested. You may not be able to use our website effectively without these cookies.
Analytics: We use analytics cookies to help us understand how users engage with our website. An example of this is for counting the number of different people coming to our website, visiting a particular page or using a particular feature. Without this cookie, if you visited the website once each week for three weeks, we would count you as three separate users and this wouldn’t be a true representation. These cookies do not let us identify specific users as the information is aggregated.
Social sharing: We use cookies to allow you to share content directly to your social networking sites for example Facebook, Twitter and Google+ i.e. clicking Like on Facebook and Share on Twitter.
Interest-based advertising: You may have noticed that when you visit websites, you will be shown advertisements for products and services you may be interested in. Cookie information about certain pages you have visited on our website helps us be more relevant in our advertising. Having these cookies does not increase the number of adverts you will be shown on these specific sites. These ‘persistent’ cookies last no longer than 90 days, or until you clear them. These and the other cookies we use do NOT allow us to see what other sites you have been visiting, they simply act as a record of our web pages and advertisements that you may see.
Opt Out of Cookies
When you first visited the websites you will have been shown a status bar notifying you that this website uses cookies and inviting you to review this cookie policy. Once you have clicked to go further into our website, the cookie prompt will disappear, this confirms that you consent to us using the cookies detailed in this policy.
Please note that we can’t always control third party cookies (such as from social networks) stored on your machine from our website and where this is the case you will need to visit the relevant third party’s website directly to understand their cookies stored on your machine by them. Please see our ‘third party cookies’ section below.
If you want to reject cookies we use from this website you will need to:
Delete the cookies from your browser. Most browsers also allow you to prevent all or some cookies being stored on your machine in the future. For more information on how to delete or disable cookies from your browser please use the ‘help’ function within your browser, or alternatively visit By deleting our cookie preference cookie, the next time you visit our website the cookie status bar will appear again inviting you to again reconsider your preferences.
AND/OR: If you only want to reject the Internet Based Advertising cookies we store on your machine, you can opt-out of receiving these cookies at any time by going to the Internet Advertising Bureau website at and following the opt-out instructions.
Please do be aware that disabling cookies may impact the functionality of this website.
Third Party Cookies
Some of the cookies described above are stored on your machine by third parties when you use our website. We have no control over these cookies of how the third party uses them. They are used to allow that third party to provide a service to us, for example website analytics. For more information on these cookies and how to disable them, please see:
Internet Advertising Bureau website at where you will be able to opt-out of receiving Internet Based Advertising cookies from some of the third parties, such as Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
The use of cookies and web beacons by any tracking utility company is not covered by our Privacy Policy.

Log Files

We may collect demographic information, such as your region, preferences, interests and favorites using log files that are not associated with your name or other personal information. There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by us. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, internet service provider (ISP), the files viewed on our site (e.g., HTML pages, graphics, etc.), operating system, clickstream data, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by Orchestry to provide general statistics regarding use of the Websites. For these purposes, we do link this automatically-collected data to Personal Information such as name, email address, address, and phone number.

Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)

We employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), that help us better manage the Website by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users.  In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages or in emails and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We use clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients.  This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. We tie the information gathered by clear gifs in emails to our customers’ Personal Information. If you would like to opt-out of these emails, please see “Opting Out and Unsubscribing”.


We partner with a third-party ad network to either display advertising on our Web site or to manage our advertising on other sites. Our ad network partner uses cookies and Web beacons to collect non-personal information about your activities on this and other Web sites to provide you targeted advertising based upon your interests.  If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you targeted ads, you may opt-out by clicking here: (or if located in the European Union, by clicking here: Please note this does not opt you out of being served advertising.  You will continue to receive generic ads.

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You may unsubscribe from our marketing communications by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link located on the bottom of our e-mails, or by sending us email us at or by mail to Orchestry Software Inc., 422 Richards St, Suite 170, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Z4, Attn: Privacy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our treatment of the information you provide us, please write to us by email at or by mail to Orchestry Software Inc., 422 Richards St, Suite 170, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Z4, Attn: Privacy.


We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. When there are changes to this Privacy Policy, we will update this page. The date on the bottom will always indicate when we last made changes.
Last Updated: July 28, 2020

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