Conference Notes

Notes on “Integrating Yammer with SharePoint” (Elaine van Bergen and Chris O’Connor)

In the session before lunch, Elaine and Chris are talking about the integration between Yammer and SharePoint. It’s a Developers session rather than a business session though.

Some notes:
– integration between Office 365 and Yammer today, is an across the top link to Yammer. There is also a Yammer conversations pane available in Office 365 for Office Apps.
– today, search result sets out-of-the-box are not integration. Need to click a second time to search in Yammer. On the roadmap, these will be integrated.
– out-of-the-box can add “Yammer Feed” to a SharePoint site. Really good for adding to team and collaboration sites. Need to enable single sign-on.
– in SharePoint on-premise, can replace the SharePoint Newsfeed with the Yammer feed. Requires SharePoint 2013 SP1 to work.
– need to figure out single sign on, otherwise people won’t go to Yammer. To get single sign-on, you have to have a paid Yammer network (doesn’t work on the free Yammer service). Ideal experience is to do both directory sync and single sign-on before people start using Yammer. Directory sync is very good for adding and removing people automatically; such as when someone leaves your firm.
– Separate to the web part, you can embed Yammer into a page. Some limitations around this / it’s a basic approach. It’s an iFrame, and can’t be branded. Chris showed a variety of other ways of integrating Yammer and SharePoint, using the SDK and other approaches. Important to note that Yammer is continually updating the APIs – and older approaches are getting deprecated.