According to Microsoft, there are now currently over 85 million monthly active commercial Office 365 users worldwide. Yet many organisations – and particularly SMBs – are unaware not only of the potential benefits of moving to the cloud and Office 365, but even of the extent of Office 365’s features and applications.
So, we’ve put together a guide to Office 365. We look at the features and functionality – the familiar services such as Word, Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint that are well used and relied on, and also the lesser known applications – Yammer, Delve, Planner, Flow, for example.
We’ve also included a section covering solutions, both Microsoft and those from other providers – such as DocuSign and Exclaimer – that integrate to add value to Office 365, as well as a summary of benefits for users and an outline of some of the business plans available.
Finally, we’ve examined some of the myths associated with cloud and Office 365 – and highlight the accompanying reality.
Oliver Moazzezi, Vuzion Technical Architect and Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP says, “Supporting a customer’s move to Office 365 – with its familiar Office applications combined with the next generation productivity tools – is also one of the easiest ways of starting that customer on their digital transformation journey, particularly as Microsoft is committed to making it as easy as possible for businesses to transition to the cloud, through the development of hybrid connectivity and migration capabilities between on-premise environments and Office 365.”
The transition of software services to the cloud is here to stay. It’s a market that’s reasonably new, but already provisioning features and functionality ahead of traditional on-premise solutions. Oliver Moazzezi adds, “For the customer, the question should no longer be ‘Why move to the cloud?’ but, ‘Why am I not moving to the cloud?’”
Microsoft is leading the way in the cloud with Office 365, as a productivity suite that enables businesses to enhance productivity, collaboration and communication across the business, and with customers, partners and any relevant third party.
Pay-as-you-go pricing incorporating concessions for the number of services purchased, the elimination/reduction of infrastructure costs and in-house IT resource requirement make Office 365 a financially viable investment – plus the end user has the advantage of investing in ‘evergreen’ IT, where the service is upgraded – at no cost – to the latest and greatest version.
If you’d like to take a look at our eBook, Office 365: The Definitive Guide, it’s free to download – and the Vuzion Team is also here to answer any queries you might have about Office 365.