Did you know that Office 365 is recognised as the number one cloud based business application among enterprises? Contrary to popular belief, Office 365 isn’t just hosted email exchange. Office 365 applications offer a wealth of added functionality and benefits – meaning your monthly subscription fee gives you more bang for your buck!
Here we examine the real value of Office 365 applications and look at how you can make the most of your Office 365 solution:
Traditionally you have likely purchased your business applications on a perpetual licence, meaning you have access to the software indefinitely. By moving to Office 365, you get pay-as-you-go pricing. This allows you to add or take away licences as your business grows / reduces in size. In a nutshell, it is a scalable solution that can adapt and change as your business does.
With Office 365 you benefit from the latest updates as and when they go live. What’s more, they’re all included in your monthly subscription! As a business, you will automatically be able to drive down any IT management costs relating to software upgrades, while benefiting from the latest innovations in Microsoft technology.
To stay secure and reliable, Exchange needs to be updated regularly. With on premise servers, upgrades can take the server offline for hours at a time. What does this mean for you? You’ve guessed it, downtime! The good news is, Microsoft handles all updates in a way that does not affect availability. In other words, email stays up and running, even when updates happen. For you, it’s business as usual!
Office 365 for Business, as the name suggests, is an extension of the traditional Microsoft Office Suite of business applications. It includes the apps you know and love i.e. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. But it doesn’t stop there…with over 20 applications designed to enhance productivity and encourage collaboration, it opens a huge window of opportunity. You can read more on the Office 365 applications here.
Microsoft highlighted switching applications can reduce productivity by 40% – enter Dynamics 365. Dynamics 365 combines Microsoft ERP and CRM functionality into a single solution that integrates seamlessly with Office 365 using a common data model. Due to be available in the UK this summer… watch this space!
If you are just starting a small business, using Office 365 is a fast, more cost-effective way to get up and running. You will save on the upfront costs that come with purchasing and configuring your own IT infrastructure. On the flip side, if you’re an established company, it can help you reduce overheads and become more agile. Either way, making the move is good for businesses of all shapes and sizes!