24 November 2016
Office 365 Benefits: Discover the Top 10 Reasons to Transition
Some changes, no matter how beneficial, can be challenging. Others, with the right knowledge, can be surprisingly simple. Switching to Office 365 falls firmly into the latter. As with any business change, the more you know, the more you gain. Our team has put together the top 10 Office 365 benefits to help you decide if transitioning is right for your business.
1. Seamless Coordination
Office 365 works seamlessly with the tools you already know, including Outlook, Word, Excel, OneNote, Publisher and PowerPoint, and makes collaboration easy – for example, allowing multiple people to work on the same document, even from different locations. Users can see when a colleague is making changes to a document.
2. Work wherever, whenever
Because it is cloud based, users can easily access emails, calendars and documents from any device. No more driving back into the office to update crucial customer information, or waiting until Monday morning to synchronise appointments. You can install Office 365 on up to five machines per staff member, covering them for most eventualities.
3. Easy for users
Because Office 365 has all the familiar tools, there really is minimal adjustment needed. Even the new features are highly intuitive. It is worth talking with your technology partner for extra suggestions on getting the full advantages. Because we get to know our customers’ businesses well, we find we can usually identify ways that they can get the most from Office 365 benefits in their own environments.
4. Online meetings
If you have staff working from different locations, on the move, or from home, online meetings make life easier. Thanks to integration of Skype for Business, conference calls and instant messaging is simple, all without expensive conferencing equipment.
5. Cuts administrative effort
Office 365 is always up-to-date, right across your organisation. Patches, changes and improvements happen without you having to lift a finger. Avoiding such time-consuming tasks is among the most popular benefits for anyone without unlimited IT resources.
6. Enterprise-level service without the price tag
If a money back, 99.9% uptime guarantee appeals to you, with the reassurance of geo-redundant data centres, you’re going to love Office 365. No matter what size your business, you get top-tier resources.
Because Office 365 is subscription-based, you get to avoid capital expenditure. As you’d expect with an as a service model, it is very easy to add users where needed, with minimal commitment.
Office 365 users get the ability to use single sign functionality and multifactor authentication. Meanwhile, your messages and documents are scanned 24/7 to stop malware and spam in its tracks. We’re always happy to talk through integrating Office 365 into your overall IT security plan in the way that suits you best.
Often overlooked is one of the biggest potential time-savers of Office 365. It is possible to automate all sorts of processes, from leave applications and holiday calendars to purchasing lists. Everyone wins when technology frees up admin time for customer-facing activities.
10. Like your own private Google
Office 365’s key search feature works right across the platform. It may seem like a small feature – until you’re trying to track down critical information in a hurry. It is these thoughtful touches that make Office 365 such a winner, and well worth the subscription.