Office 365 should you migrate to it?

What are the benefits and why should you migrate to office 365?  What does it offer that you don’t currently have?  How did you and your business get to where you are today?  Part I bet is challenging work the other part is staying on top of technology.  Office 365 is modern technology that will drive your business to be more effective and your team members to collaborate which in the long run will increase business and profit.

Microsoft Office 365 is Microsoft’s state of the are Enterprise IT environment.  It is changing the way business work.

Here are some more reasons to move to office 365:

YAMMER

Microsoft bought Enterprise Social Network (ESN) Yammer in 2012.  Yammer facilitates interactions, make talent searching easier and cut out lengthy email chains with the ability to ‘like’ posts, comment on your group’s activity and share and collaborate on files incredibly easily.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT SERVERS AND MAINTENANCE

Office 365 is available on the cloud and has the flexibility of integrating with your On-Premises solution if needed.  There are so many advantages of using the cloud the main in this instance would be the savings on the maintenance costs associated with local servers.

GROW WITH YOUR BUSINESS

You can’t run out of storage space in the cloud.  Office 365 has a pay for additional services as you need them.  If you need more data storage space with OneDrive for business you can add it as you need it instead of having to buy new hard drive.

WORKING ANYWHERE FROM ANY DEVICE

A cloud solution means you are no longer stuck at a desk to access company data.  You can work from mobile devices, tables and laptops on the go.  It is all backed up by a comprehensive security measure too.

SIMPLIFIED MIGRATION

Regardless of the storage tools you currently use migrating to Office is easy and the cloud solution is constantly being updated from Microsoft, you will never need to migrate your data again

ALL YOUR APPS IN ONE PLEASE – A UNIFIED UI

There are always business apps that are being regularly released in the Windows store and many are free.  Users can choose and add easily from one place.

OFFICE WEB APPS – WORK ONLINE

There are online versions of MS Office products this allows for users to quickly access and update documents without having to check out or download documents.

NEW FEATURES AND BUG UPDATE

With a cloud based product you are no longer waiting for a product release.  There are instant updates and bug fixes.

WORK SMARTER WITH DELVE

Using Machine Learning Delve functions as a secretary.  It gets to know what you are working on, who your following on Yammer, and when you have meetings and what your priorities are.  Then it will make suggestions to help users work smarter and more efficiently.

DATA LOSS PREVENTION – ENTERPRISE CLASS GOVERNANCE AND CONTROL

Using a cloud based solution you will have the peace of mind with Office 365’s data protection and back up offers.  You will never lose the data you use again.

SECURITY AND COMPLIANCE

There was a lot of effort into ensuring the technology that holds corporate data is secured.  The infrastructure is top notch, highly available, redundant and patches.  The Office 265 tenant is typically more secure than your on-premises environment.

COST

There is an expense tied to moving to the cloud however with this expense you are also no longer seeing business expenses such as buying servers, storage, patching, maintenance windows, cooling a datacenter, and having staff to run it all.  Yes, these expenses are in a capital budget however the cloud expenses are from an operating budget.

FUNCTIONALITY

As a user of both the old school on prem Office and the current Office 365 I would say yes there are some differences however the learning curve is minimal.    With a little training anyone can reap the benefits of Office 365.

HOW SCARY IS IT

Don’t let the cloud intimidate you.  Just like any other technology implementation, a move to the cloud requires business acceptance, training, design and implementation.

Technology is always advancing take advantage of this and learn how you can advance your organizations structure.

 

Site reference for the topics

http://www.brianmadden.com/opinion/The-top-5-considerations-for-migrating-to-Microsoft-Office-365

 

https://en.share-gate.com/blog/top-10-reasons-to-move-to-office-365

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