Even if your business is not currently using Microsoft 365, you are probably familiar with Microsoft tools. However, you may not be aware of the key benefits of Microsoft 365 business.
Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) is Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite that allows you to use Microsoft apps, create, communicate and collaborate.
Because it is cloud-based, it allows your files, emails and apps to be synced across multiple devices. It provides you with the tools to increase productivity and enables you to stay connected. These days in particular, when so many of us are working remotely, using cloud-based tools is critical for business continuity as it future-proofs your business and keeps your team productive.
Migrating to Microsoft 365 will allow your business to thrive as a Modern Workplace, with cloud-based communication and collaboration at its core.
Key Benefits of Microsoft 365
As Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based service, it can be accessed from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. With so many people working from home at the moment, this is particularly advantageous as employees can access apps and files from anywhere in the world on any device. Information such as emails and calendar are synced across your account so you can access them whether you’re on a pc, laptop, tablet or mobile.
Communication and Collaboration
Microsoft Teams and Outlook are fantastic tools for straightforward, centralised communication and collaboration. Teams lets you hold meetings and conference calls with employees no matter where in the world everyone is. Additionally, instant messaging and file sharing on Teams means that collaborating on a document or project has never been easier. Real-time co-authoring means you can see who has made what changes to a document. These features mean you can remain in constant and immediate contact with colleagues.
Microsoft 365 is a subscription service, so you are only paying for the number of licences you need on a monthly basis. This means that it is easy to budget for and is beneficial from a cash-flow perspective. Upgrades are included in the cost of your licences so there are no unexpected or additional costs.
Scalable and Flexible
Because Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based service, you are not tied to a certain number of licences. You can add users or remove surplus licences as your business grows, meaning you are never paying for more than what you need. You can also mix and match apps to customise solutions for different users or departments.
Whilst it is still important to have a robust disaster recovery plan in place, because Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based service, your data is protected in case of hardware failure. For example, if there is a disaster such as fire, flood or theft at the office, your data is backed up in the cloud and so you can still access it from another device. No matter the situation, your business can continue to be productive.
Security and Compliance
The security features in Microsoft 365 mean that you always have access to the latest security updates. Additionally, they are beneficial for organisations achieving PCI and GDPR so you don’t have to worry about remaining compliant. Microsoft Defender ATP provides comprehensive endpoint protection and helps prevent data breaches and cyber-attacks. Microsoft Cloud App Security detents abnormal activity, alerting you to potential threats. Microsoft 365 keeps your communications safe by recognising and targeting phishing attacks, ransomware and malware within emails.
If you would like to find out more about Microsoft 365, or any cloud migration for your business, call us on +44 203 034 2244 or +1 323 984 8908. Alternately, you can contact us online. We will be happy to help you overcome your IT challenges so that you can set your business apart. Cardonet have been working with businesses for the past twenty years to help them overcome their technological challenges. We have engineering bases in the United Kingdom, Europe and Southern California and our group of highly experienced engineers are available 24/7 to assist and ensure that your IT infrastructure is secure and running seamlessly. As a Microsoft Accredited Partner, you can rest assured that our engineers are exposed to and are fully trained on the full range of Microsoft products and services.