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​Microsoft Office 365 setting the benchmarks for cloud collaboration

Office 365 means business, cloud-powered connection, collaboration, and control. Office 365 has the applications you know, always up to date and accessible from virtually anywhere.

More than previous changes to the ubiquitous Office family, 365 has opened up more opportunities for organisations to benefit from the out-of-the-box functionality and services. Change presents challenges and for businesses and organisations that have invested in internal systems it is normal that the challenges pose questions that are best faced with an experienced partner to assist you. The comprehensive Office 365 platform will revolutionize the way you access information and collaborate, both inside and outside your organization - all for a low monthly fee. Engage us today to migrate your business critical information to the cloud, leaving you worry-free to focus on your achieving your strategic objectives.

 

Think of it as your familiar Office, only better

Office 365 is the same Office you already know and use every day. And then some. Because Office 365 is powered by the cloud, you can get to your applications and files from virtually anywhere—PC, Mac, and tablets—and they're always up to date. Same goes for updates to features—you get them automatically.

Transition to the benefits of the Cloud could not be easier for your users. The applications that they are familiar with day-in-and-day-out look the same, maintain their easy to use and logical menu systems – the only difference is they are accessed through the browser. The lack of training requirement and continuity of tools is a significant cost saving over alternatives and keeps the cost of migrating from your current Office suite low. The new functionality of Office365 is incorporated in ways that look and feel familiar for your users so they can use it quickly and easily and because the Syncing is done for them they can simply get on with their work without worry.

One of the key benefits of Microsoft Office 365 is the familiarity employees have with the suites. For businesses that already use Office, Outlook and others, implementing Office 365 will not result in large learning curves. Employees benefit from a cloud-based, but familiar, user experience. Office 365 works seamlessly with tools employees already know, but with the benefit of the cloud. For users of Office 2010 or higher, employees can view if others are editing a document, synchronize documents with their desktop and share PowerPoint presentations as it is being created.

 

Mobility

To accommodate a more on-the-go business landscape, Microsoft Office 365 works across all supported mobile devices. An Office 365 user can begin working from their desk, switch to a phone en route to a meeting, and share documents via tablet when they arrive. Emails, calendar information and contacts are continuously available and in sync across all supportive devices. With Office 365, employees are no longer confined to their desk. Along with web-based versions of Office suite applications, Office 365 includes Exchange Online for email, Lync Online for communications and SharePoint Online for collaboration. Since the software exists in Microsoft data centers, users only need an Internet connection to collaborate with colleagues and access information.

 

Business-class email and calendaring put you in sync

Avoid communication glitches. Business-class email and shared calendars that you can get to from virtually anywhere means people stay in sync, and on schedule.

Whether you currently have Microsoft Exchange or a 3rd party e-mail, contacts, tasks and calendaring solution, Office 365 is a smart move for many businesses considering upgrades or seeking greater reliability/uptime. Gain peace of mind knowing your critical e-mail data is hosted in world class, redundant data centers owned and managed by Microsoft. Free up your technology and people resources to focus on more strategic initiatives for your business.

 

Easily manage the cost of IT

Minimising the organisational spend on licensing and hardware while maintaining appropriate flexibility and access for employees to the applications and services they need is a challenge. Office 365 transforms that challenge by providing a subscription model and providing powerful cloud technology with the application set. For some organisations back office systems such as email and intranet servers can be entirely replaced by utilising Office365’s Cloud. Costs can be better controlled and managed without sacrificing functionality and employee efficiency.

Onsite technology infrastructures are quickly becoming no longer cost-effective. Purchasing server hardware, constantly updating software, installing backups and ensuring security are costly and time-consuming responsibilities for an IT team. A cloud-based solution, such as Microsoft Office 365, alleviates these responsibilities, allowing IT departments to focus on enhancing business, rather than maintaining a platform for it.

Microsoft Office 365 eliminates the inefficient processes of the past, while continuing to use the past’s most effective tools. By implementing the future of cloud-based solutions with user familiarity, Microsoft Office 365 can help ensure a competitive edge in the present.

 

Security, compliance, and privacy you can trust

Starting with one of the most important factors in choosing a cloud service, security has been the big stumbling block for many companies considering moving to the cloud. Microsoft's online services have been designed with security in mind. Office 365 applications are accessed through 128-bit SSL/TSL encryption so that if a transmission is intercepted by someone without authorization, they won't be able to read it. Antivirus signatures are kept up to date, and security measures are applied in accordance with the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing initiative. Exchange Online uses Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) to protect mail messages from malware, and it uses anti-spam filtering and antivirus with multiple virus engines.

The Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) is applied to Microsoft Online Services development, deployment, and maintenance. Microsoft monitors the systems continuously for suspicious activity and has a robust incident response protocol in place. Microsoft also does regular security audits.

Compliance with government and industry regulations is a big deal in today's business world. Microsoft Office 365 services have been certified as compliant with ISO 27001 standards, completed SAS70 Type I and II audits, and achieved the EU Safe Harbor seal. Microsoft has also added controls for helping customers comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).

 

Microsoft Office 365

  • Reduce costs:  Adopting Microsoft Office 365, the latest version of Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), can lower your costs for email and collaboration services. Improve quality of service and security, while decreasing capital requirements. Reduce software license costs and total cost of ownership.
  • Achieve greater agility: Accelerate email and collaboration services deployment for rapid savings. Foster innovation, improve agility and stay competitive with rapid time to
    market. For example, deploying Microsoft SharePoint Online in the cloud takes only about an hour, compared to weeks or months on-premise.
  • Drive future productivity: Organizations can focus on value added activities rather than operational activities. Streamline systems with a rich collaborative environment and remove dated applications. Reduce patching, security and upgrade costs.
  • Optimize service: Microsoft is the only software provider giving customers choice—hosted in the cloud, owned and managed on-premise or even an optimized hybrid of the two.