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News release – London, 2 November 2016Vuzion, the cloud aggregator, today announced a new partnership with ICSto deliver FLEX, the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to turn a small business’ standard Office 365 subscription into an enterprise-grade powerhouse built on Flex’s intranet and pre-packaged business templates. A smart and simple-to-use automation, it brings a previously unattainable level of sophistication to the small business. FLEX is now available to all Vuzion resellers.

Small businesses face the same challenges as big businesses, but resort to performing business processes over email rather than using more effective sharing and collaboration tools, like SharePoint, which are geared to enterprise sized IT teams and budgets. Vuzion and ICS, through the FLEX Self-Service Digital Workplace, offers small businesses immediate advantages from pre-configured templates and delivers a packaged Intranet and SharePoint collaboration solution. FLEX comes without the need for extensive technology training, providing users with the confidence to self-serve and continue running their businesses better.

Through FLEX, small to medium businesses (SMBs) can empower employees to create better insights and collaboration, extracting more value from Microsoft Office 365. Users will be able to access the full power of SharePoint and advanced Office 365 features without needing to master IT skills or undergo extensive training.

Martin Neale, managing director at ICS explained, “The success of FLEX is its state-of-the-art automation engine. FLEX improves internal and external communications and simplifies core business processes, like expense tracking and time sheets, so that users can be self-sufficient, not dependent on IT support. After selling 70,000 seats in the enterprise and mid-market, we have refined the proposition for SMBs. ICS has been successful in setting up platforms quickly and cost effectively within enterprises – now we’re empowering small business in the same way. The challenges of enterprise-level IT integrations are over, turning SharePoint into an immediately useful business tool for all businesses.”

Michael Frisby, managing director of Vuzion said: “FLEX offers a real revenue opportunity for resellers, based on helping customers get more value out of Office 365. FLEX customers see up to a tenfold increase in user adoption with deployment time and costs reduced by up to 70%. A typical 50 seat customer provides resellers with an incremental £9,000 of revenue in year one with healthy margins.”

The FLEX deployment process is designed to deliver value from Office 365 as quickly as possible with out-of-the-box configurations. FLEX allows partners to deepen customer relationships by lighting up other workloads, such as SharePoint, OneDrive, and Yammer. FLEX can add value and differentiate existing offerings from ‘vanilla’ services, and allows partners to generate additional recurring licence revenue, as well as managed or project based services.

Laura Bouchard, Director of Channel Sales at Microsoft, added: “I am delighted to see FLEX and Vuzion working together and growing the partner ecosystem to help our SMB customers make the most of Office 365 and increase user adoption and engagement.”

Through Vuzion FLEX gives partners a pre-built proposition to help acquire net new installs and drive utilisation with existing customers: FLEX reduces Office 365 and SharePoint 2016 deployment time and costs by 70 per cent, and partners can unlock the full range of Microsoft cloud services without learning new skills, as well as achieve higher annual recurring margins and supply additional services for customers.