Gone are the days of having to constantly upgrade your PCs, servers and software. With the invention of cloud computing came the opportunity for businesses to convert their systems to the latest version of Microsoft Office 365: a subscription based cloud service that provides access to multiple services built around the Microsoft Office platform.
365 is now the most complete Office Cloud Service to date, proving more cost-effective and simpler to use than previously implemented systems around the world. The software includes hosted versions of Skype for Business, Office Web Apps, Share Point, One Drive and a number of Microsoft desktop applications, as well as much more.
Not only does this software boast an impressive number of plans for businesses and home users, the service an also be tailored to meet the needs and budgets of small, medium and large sized organisations. It will be easy to access your enterprise software at any time using your device and an internet connection, wherever you are in the world.
Staff will also be kept in sync using sophisticated calendar and e-mail services. It is without a doubt the easiest way to share documents and work collaboratively with multiple users in any location. Companies who take advantage of this software will benefit from cost savings, efficiency and flexibility.
Microsoft Office 365 also boasts a number of security advantages that is one of the reasons it is so successful with modern businesses. The provider takes all of the responsibility for reliability and security, allowing your company’s IT team to work on other tasks, further enhancing your business productivity.
If, like many other business owners, you’re not comfortable with the ideal of an external company dealing with your security, fear not: Microsoft understands that this can be unsettling, which is why they provide all of their subscribers with an extensive service level agreement to ensure they remain protected.
The service offers a number of security and privacy features, including regularly backed-up data, encryption, secure transmissions between the data centre and user and enforced password regulations. More information about the data processing agreement can be obtained from the Microsoft website, or from your 365 provider.
The best thing about any of these features is that they can be turned on and off at any time so as not to infringe upon your privacy or the day-to-day running of your business. The security plan is bespoke, so can be tailored to suit the needs of your business – being as strict or as lenient as you wish.
If you’re convinced of the benefits that this software will bring to your business, you may be considering making the conversion. While many business-owners feel daunted at the prospect of a migration like this, an expert IT provider will ensure the process is as seamless as possible for both your employees and customers.
To get started, find a well established IT provider that can offer you a great deal on your subscription. They should also be able to take care of every step of the migration and provide support throughout your service. Look for a company that’s been in operation for a number of years and has a portfolio of existing clients who can vouch for their success.
Look out for companies boasting key partnerships with big names like Microsoft, Google Apps and Draytek. Once you have found a provider you can trust, contact them to arrange a no-obligation meeting to discuss your unique requirements.
You will then be able to begin the process of your migration to Microsoft Office 365. You might also want to gain insight into the many other services they have on offer and how they might benefit your business.