Office 365 has a lot of different workloads such as Yammer, Exchange and SharePoint. Office graph aims to collect and store information going on in the enterprise by bringing these workloads together, whereas the focus is momentarily on SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. Office Graph stores “nodes” (Entities, e.g. documents) as well as “edges” (relationships between personas within an organization, actions e.g. sending an email). In order to establish how people are related to one another Office graph collects signals (e.g. an email that has been sent or a comment a person has made via OneDrive) from all the workloads within Office 365. These signals each have a certain value. An email for example has a higher value, in terms of collaboration between two users, than a comment. Office graph uses this information to create edges (e.g. when two users often send emails to one another and have meetings together Office graph will identify these actions as an indicator/signal for a close relationship and will create a “working with” edge). Office Graph also distinguishes between private edges (e.g. emails that only can be seen by the users) and public edges (e.g. comments that can be seen by the entire enterprise). It is also important to note that Office Graph is dynamic, meaning that when a user changes its behaviour for example in the course of changing departments, Office graph will soon understand this and in in this case exchange older information with new information relevant to the user. The graphs shown below summarize what signals, nodes and edges are and how they are associated to one another.
One of the main ideas of Office Delve is proactively providing Users with user related information and therefore preventing them from having to actively search for the information required. In this context Office Delve offers a collection of files which are relevant for the specific user, giving users an overview of what they are working on, which of their files are being used (viewed, commented) by other users as well as what colleges or team members are working on. This information is generated from Office Graph. Office Delve displays the documents as a card based interface. These cards include comments, tags and likes. The cards are dynamic, so when clicking on a document card for example Office delve launches Office Online so you can edit the file and even discuss changes with colleges. The Navigation bar contains several views. The “home” view shows a summary of the information the user most likely needs, the “shared with me” view shows the documents that other users have shared with that specific user and the “presented to me” view gives an insight on the documents that have been presented to that user. Finally the “my work” view displays what the user has currently been working on. The Navigation bar even contains a list of people with whom the user most often interacts with. Another handy function is the search field which delivers immediate search results. When for example looking for a person, Office Delve delivers immediate results based on the people the user most often deals with, without the user even having to type in the entire name. In case of searching for a person Office Delve also shows documents that this person is working on, his team is working on as well as documents he has shared with the user typing in the search query. All these functions aim to increase the efficiency of corporate processes. For example when preparing for a meeting one merely has to take a look into Office Delve to get an idea of what other departments are working on. This then doesn´t have to be discussed during the meeting and one can focus on other topics. The graph below gives you an idea of what the Office Drive may look like, including the Feed containing personalized document cards and the navigation bar with the various views.
Here you can find more information on how Office Delve help you to discover and find Information.