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office365You have all heard about Office 365 and how companies are moving their services to the cloud…?? All these new terms and are they right for you.

What is Office 365 and what value does it add to your business.  In simple terms I believe yes it does add value and is the best way to head for any small business since you get all the value of a corporate solution nicely packaged and delivered to you from any location with an Internet Connection.

So what do you get from office 365 and is it worth the spend??  Below is breakdown of all you get plus the value of knowing if your Laptop ever got stolen you Email/Documents etc.  is still all there since it is sitting on the Cloud. The platform is also ideal for those of you that have adopted the work from home model as well as collaborating with staff in different cities.

Office 365 Business Premium includes:

Familiar Office tools

Office suite

Always have the latest versions of:
WordExcelPowerPointOutlookOneNotePublisherLync
  • Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen.
  • Easily format information in Excel with tools that recognize your pattern and auto-complete data.
  • Easily incorporate content from PDFs to create your own great-looking Word documents.
  • Design customized marketing materials that fit your brand and customers.

Office on PCs, tablets, and phones

Enjoy a full, installed Office experience across PCs, Macs, Windows tablets and iPad® and Android™ tablets, and most mobile devices. Each user can install Office on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets (Windows, iPad, and Android), and 5 phones. Learn more
Plus these online services
Email

Email and calendars

Use business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook experience you can access from your desktop or from a web browser using the Outlook Web App. Get a 50 GB mailbox per user and send attachments up to 25 MB. Learn more
Online conferencing

Online conferencing

Host online meetings with audio and video using one-click screen sharing and HD video conferencing.Learn more
Skype

Instant messaging and Skype connectivity

Connect with other Lync users via instant message, voice calls, and video calls, and let people know your availability with your online status. Share presence, IM, and audio calling with Skype users.Learn more
Yammer

Corporate social network

Yammer collaboration software and business applications allow your employees to connect with the right people, share information across teams, and organize around projects so they can go further, faster. Learn more
File sharing

Simple file storage and sharing

OneDrive for Business provides 1 TB of storage for each user for virtually anywhere access to their documents. Share files with others inside and outside your organization, control who can see and edit each file, and easily sync files with PCs/Macs and devices. Learn more
Team sites

Team sites

Enable easy access and sharing of documents with 10 GB baseline storage plus 500 MB of storage per user. Learn more
Search and discovery

Search and discovery

Stay in the know. Search and discover content across Office 365 based on personalized insights. Office Delve is the first experience to be powered by Office Graph, a collection of analyzed signals or insights derived from each user’s behavior and relationships to content, topics, and contacts. Learn more
All Office 365 for business plans include:
Reliability

Reliability

Get peace of mind knowing your services are available with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, financially backed service level agreement (SLA).
Security

Security

Your data is yours. We safeguard it and protect your privacy. Learn more
Administration

Administration

Deploy and manage Office 365 across your company, no IT expertise required. You can add and remove users in minutes.
Up to date

Up to date

No need to pay for version upgrades; updates are included in your subscription. New features are rolled out to Office 365 customers regularly.
Active Directory integration

Active Directory integration

Manage user credentials and permissions. Single sign-on and synchronization with Active Directory.
Support

Support

Microsoft Support provides telephone and online answers, how-to resources, and connections with other Office 365 customers for setup and quick fixes. Learn more

In short you get a enterprise solution for the fraction of the cost with no worries about Microsoft licensing and risk of data loss and can grow or shrink your user base monthly.  This is a Opex based which will allow you to have a predictable cost model as well.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you achieve the most out of your IT Budget.

Andrew Boyd

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