Posted By Kyle Macintyre
“Prior to Office 365, SMBs were massively underserved, relying on a ‘hodge-podge’ of older solutions that didn’t work together” – this is the statement of Andrew Pickup, chief marketing and operations officer of Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific region. True enough, from the time of its implementation in June 2011, Microsoft Office 365 have grown as much as 400% in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.
Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of communication and collaboration products which consists of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Office Professional Plus. Designed to empower Small to Midscale Businesses (SMBs), Office 365 also makes use of the tools that are important to management, such as calendar sharing through Outlook; mobile access of email and calendar; viewing and editing of Office documents on-line; and document version control.
Now, Office 365′s direct competitor Google Apps offer quite similar services – Google Docs also allows users to do word processing, presentation and spreadsheet viewing and editing; but does it really compare to Office 365?
Here are five reasons why SMBs opt to have Microsoft Office 365 for their businesses, instead of one of its competitor Google Apps.
ACCESSIBLE. With Office 365, viewing and editing of documents, email, calendars and contacts can be very convenient as it scales to any device type. Windows or even Mac desktops, different types of smart phones – iPhone, Android and Blackberry; and tablets – you name it. Now, you won’t have to worry of missing anything while you’re on field or transit.
DESIGNED FOR BUSINESS. Unlike some SMBs which opt to use freeware or other ad-supported applications, Office 365 gives the impression that you have a serious and very professional brand. With Office 365, you can use tools not only for productivity but also as a means to impress. Invite clients through a conference meeting through Lync Online; easily and securely share proposals through SharePoint’s password-protected portal; and respond quickly through Microsoft’s fail-proof Outlook on-line.
EASY TO USE. Not everyone knows their way around technology; but since Office 365 is basically another version of the tools that you already know – Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – it doesn’t demand a lot of learning curve. Office 365 being designed for SMBs is also easy to set-up and implement. For instance, administrative tasks such as creating user accounts and adding users could be easily done using an intuitive user interface design and web-based portal.
FAIL-PROOF AND SECURE. Office 365 not only hosts your data but also safeguards them. Through Microsoft’s enterprise-grade virtual machines that are reliable, redundant, recoverable and secure – you are assured that you have 99.9 percent uptime.
AFFORDABLE. Who says, Office 365 is expensive? With its pay-as-you-go payment option, businesses will have more control on how their IT endeavor should be. With Office 365, businesses will never have to face hidden costs from vendors saying that the feature that you need is already a change request. Office 365 is flexible enough to identify only the aspects your business needs, hence allowing you to save, get what you really need, and focus more on your core competencies.
A successful MS Office 365 implementation can only be possible when you have the right partner. If this is your first time in the cloud, it is vital that you choose a cloud vendor that is an industry leader in delivering cloud-based applications and services. Paradyne can offer a tailored cloud-based solution that is sure to match your business need. Visit our Solutions Page to know more