In the modern world, businesses must stay on top of their IT to survive. Yes, virus threats are very real and damaging to businesses. Yes, it’s important to have tried and tested backup plans. And yes, it’s vital to have professional IT support at all times. These things are all technically part of your “defense”. They entail protection and proactive approaches to avoid bad things from happening.
Enter Microsoft Office. Unlike the other IT services, this one is part of your “offense”. This is where all of your output comes from, which means it’s critical to your company. Migrating to the latest cloud-based Office 365 means that you will produce more work of a higher quality at a much faster rate over non-cloud Office. By using it, you enhance productivity, connectivity, and adaptivity.
There are four clear reasons.
NEVER DISCONNECTED, ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE
It’s no secret that more and more businesses are switching to cloud-based Office. In fact, more than 1.2 billion people are already using Microsoft Office. Working with cloud-based Office 365 allows you to access your files and emails anywhere and anytime, which means that you’ll always be up-to-date with your work. As long as you have an internet connection, you can connect to your files and emails stored within Microsoft’s cloud servers. Having constant and consistent access gives you the flexibility to work whenever you are ready.
For those that travel often or cannot frequently connect to the internet, there’s no problem. Office 365 allows you to download the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite directly to your computer, so your productivity doesn’t stop if the internet does.
NO MORE WASTED MONEY
It’s a fact: migrating to Office 365 saves you money. In an organization of one to 250 users, the expected return on interest from switching to Office 365 is 154%, with payback in 5.1 months. Many businesses simply don’t realize that transitioning from their current Microsoft Office platform to the latest cloud-based 365 is far more cost-effective.
Using Office 365 means that you can simply select the plan that works best for you. Scalability is one of the primary reasons as to why many organizations decide to switch over to Office 365. As an added benefit, you will also receive the latest version of the Microsoft Office Suite, with updates included. That means that you’ll be using the leading word processing programs, with no additional cost for upgrading as updates and new versions are released.
There is no lack of options with Office 365. Microsoft is constantly tweaking and perfecting their features to best suit the needs of the end users. For example, Microsoft’s Sharepoint, a cloud-based team storage, and file sharing solution, now has over 250,000 users and over 85% of Fortune 500 companies have it as part of their Office 365.
But that isn’t the only feature that companies look forward to. Another powerful feature that is included with Office 365 is Skype for Business, an application that allows for screen sharing and voice calling over an internet connection. Microsoft also includes access to OneDrive for Business, a personal cloud space that securely stores files. Features such as these only add to the growing list of reasons to switch to Office 365.
THE CLOUD ALWAYS STAYS UP
Having your emails and files hosted by a large corporation such as Microsoft guarantees that you’ll have plenty of redundancy. With Office 365, you’ll receive a financially backed guarantee that your uptime will be 99.9%. Of course, this offers a huge advantage over locally hosted Exchange servers, where you are responsible for any and all downtime. You’ll be able to work with peace of mind knowing that your files and emails are being stored securely.
MAKE YOUR MIGRATION EASY
The benefits of switching to Office 365 are clear. Still, many businesses are afraid to make the leap to Microsoft’s cloud due to complicated technical challenges that get in the way. If that weren’t enough, organizations usually worry about downtime during the transitional phase.
But they don’t have to.
With Visual Edge IT on your side, you’ll have a professional partner that will efficiently and painlessly guide you through the migration process. Once finished, we’ll still provide dedicated ongoing support.
Feel free to contact us whenever you’re ready to make the switch.