Microsoft Office 365 has more than 120 million business users worldwide. Yet, in our experience, many businesses are not utilising the platform to its full potential. The Microsoft online suite includes useful tools for any business, far beyond familiar applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
What is Office 365?
Office 365 is a cloud-hosted online version of the ubiquitous Microsoft Office applications. It is an integrated service, designed to maximise business efficiency by hosting all apps in a single, centralised location.
Using Word, Excel and PowerPoint online enables your company to store and access your files from anywhere. You’ll also benefit from the latest features and security updates automatically.
The Office 365 suite includes 1TB of online cloud storage within OneDrive, to backup your data securely. You can also configure Microsoft Teams to collaborate with clients and coworkers in real-time.
The Benefits of Office 365 for Business
Office 365 is designed to integrate your business communications, content collaboration and time management tools. Here are just a few major ways that Office 365 can improve your business efficiency:
Secure Cloud Backup
Using Microsoft Office 365, all of your business files and data are stored off-site. This protects your sensitive information from theft, damage and accidental loss. Each Office 365 licence include 1TB of OneDrive storage, which can be added to whenever you may need.
Remote storage also enables you to recreate your office from any internet-connected device. The opportunity to work remotely will improve efficiency for your employees and enable business continuity from any location.
Data safety is a major concern for most businesses. Any data stored within Office 365 is both backed up in a cloud data centre and also protected by secure encryption. You can rest assured than any information shared via email is safe from cyberhackers. What’s more, if a device is compromises, you can remove the user access remotely, before any hacker has had a chance to decrypt your files.
Real-Time Content Collaboration
Office 365 enables your team to work together on projects, from a range of devices. Connect with video conferencing, shared calendars and team chat all whilst working on documents in Word Online. Microsoft make it easy to build a virtual office environment for connecting with your clients and colleagues.
Microsoft Online offers the opportunity to combine multiple enterprise-level apps and services. SharePoint Online is available as part of an Office 365 package, but it provides advanced business features. SharePoint enables you to create a cloud-hosted intranet that is completely customised to your business needs. Configure specific data types and closely maintain security measures and access controls.
Other Microsoft applications include Microsoft Stream, ideal for creating team knowledge bases, or Microsoft Teams, a unified, group chat software. What’s more, OneDrive for business is a cloud-backup service that provides real-time collaborative tools as part of Office 365 as standard.
Cost-Effective, Scalable Licensing
On top of the other advantages, Office 365 is also cheaper than many traditional systems. Relying on Microsoft cloud servers removes the need for costly hardware investment. A monthly business subscription to Office 365 includes a 99.9% uptime guarantee, so you don’t have to worry about troubleshooting.
Office 365 is built to scale as your business grows. From your remote access admin panel, you can add or remove team members quickly and easily. Manage access permissions at a user level, to personalise your capacity and security measures.
Arguably the biggest business benefit of Office 365 is the fact that everything can be managed in one place. The service is designed with an intuitive admin centre to manage your services and a user-friendly interface for day-to-day use of each app. What’s more, remote access to your cloud-hosted Office account makes it straightforward to manage your IT systems from anywhere!
Linten’s Microsoft Cloud Services
As Silver Microsoft Partners, we are officially authorised to set up and support the entire Office 365 suite. We can help to determine the appropriate Microsoft licence for your business and we’ll take charge of all technical liaison. Our expert team of IT engineers can set up and configure your Office 365 subscription, as well as integrating all necessary security measures.
We have implemented Microsoft 365 for clients in various sectors, including Storage World. This involved providing a tailored solution, ensuring not only effective file management but completely compliant communications.
To find out how Office 365 could be integrated into your business, speak to our team today on 0161 503 5050 or through our online contact form.