The Viva Connections Dashboard provides quick, easy access to information and tasks related to your job. Dashboard content can be tailored to specific roles, markets, or job functions.
Dashboard cards provide viewers information about existing Teams apps, third-party apps, custom solutions, and internal and external links. An organisation can use the Dashboard without coding, or a developer can create custom cards.
Types of Dashboard Cards
The Dashboard supports different types of cards, depending on what you want your employees to access.
Built-in cards are cards that provide Microsoft capabilities out of the box. For example, shifts or tasks.
These cards can be added to the Dashboard with no code and provide an entry point to those apps. So when I click on the clock-out button on the card, it will either open the Shifts app in Teams or provide the action of clocking out.
SharePoint and Web Links
We have started to move into the low-code world, where Microsoft has card templates that integrate with SharePoint pages and URLs. You can pull in scenarios such as Viva Topics pages for “Term of the day” or “Projects we like to highlight”. You can choose to link your HR benefits to the cards like in the example below:
The other end of the spectrum is the ability to customise the experience with the SharePoint Framework and the Adaptive Card Framework. Adaptive cards are an open API card format in Microsoft 365 that enables you to pull information from other sources (HR website, IT system), format it into a card, and display it in Teams, Outlook or Viva Connections. In the example below, we are connecting a non-Microsoft HR system to Adaptive Cards, so employees can view their annual leave days and even create a request to book days off.
When they click on the button on the card, it will open an adaptive card with the information: