Microsoft Office 365 provides a large suite of cloud-hosted services to your organization including:
Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud based suite of Microsoft applications and services. Historically Office applications like Outlook, Word, and Excel were run and managed locally by enterprises, but with Office 365 all of these tools plus more are available as a cloud hosted solution. Companies pay monthly subscriptions fees where the cost depends on the services they need and number of users they have within their organization.
Migrating from a local solution to Microsoft Office 365 has a wide range of benefits for businesses in any industry that relies on IT services for their key operations.
Here six advantages of Office 365 migration:
Office 365 runs entirely in the cloud. Migrating to Office 365 will reduce costs, challenges, and risks for IT support teams. IT managers no longer need to devote time and resources to managing local email servers or network drives. Instead, employees can connect to Office 365 for Exchange email and OneDrive file storage, plus get instant access to all of the traditional apps they rely on, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well access to newer collaboration tools like SharePoint, Teams, and Yammer.
As the cloud vendor, Microsoft is responsible to ensure uptime of the Office 365 platform and providing support to enterprise customers and partners like AbleIT. This helps take the burden off your own IT personnel.
With Office 365, a company's cloud usage and subscription status can be scaled to align with the growth of its business. No additional servers, networking equipment, or software licenses need to be purchased when new teams and employees are brought on board. Rather, IT managers can simply and quickly adjust their Office 365 subscription plan to account for all end users and the services they require.
Office 365 features new tools and applications that are unavailable on other platforms or early versions of the Microsoft Office suite. For instance, the OneDrive tool allows for fast and simple file sharing between users in a company. Files can be moved right from a local computer and accessed anywhere through the OneDrive web interface.
The Office 365 suite also includes Teams, which allows companies and teams to communicate in real-time over instant messaging or video conferencing.
After Microsoft acquired the social networking service Yammer, it became integrated into the Office 365 offering. Yammer allows enterprises to operate an internal communication network, where employees can share updates, news, and other items of interest.
Office 365 is fully supported on all modern systems, including Windows computers, Mac computers, and iPhone and Android mobile devices. Companies can now let their employees use the device of their choice, even a personal device from home, and connect to key corporate tools and programs with minimum setup effort required.
AbleIT offers a wide range of support options for companies looking to migrate services from a legacy environment into the Office 365 cloud platform. As Microsoft experts we can help transfer data between systems and prepare your employees for the change to Office 365.
Once a company is live within the Office 365 platform, all users receive updates and new features on a rolling base. The days of painful Windows software updates are over, as apps get security patches and other upgrades at the same time with minimal interruption to your daily operations.
Some companies may be hesitant to switch to Office 365 because it means moving the location of their data away from their own facilities. However, Office 365 features data protection and backup services that will give IT managers peace of mind.
All cloud data is backed up on a regular basis and replicated globally so that outages will not affect end users or risk data loss. IT managers can control all security settings of their Office 365 apps, this means that data remains private to only the people designated to work with it.
As well, there are many third partly applications like Veeam Backup For Office 365 and ProofPoint Archiving for Office 365 that closely integrate with Office 365 to further augment backup retentions and data archiving to meet your recovery needs and to ensure you are in alignment with any industry compliance requirements you may have.
To find out specifically how an Office 365 migration can benefit your business, contact AbleIT Inc. We specialize in Microsoft products and help you decide if migrating is the best option for your organization. We believe in rapid, incremental implementations of process-based business applications for our clients.
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