Posted By : Steve Bender, President

Cloud, inhouseIT


Office 365 Top Ten Benefits for 2016.

Small and Medium Sized Businesses have big reasons to go to the cloud.

It’s amazing how fast things are moving nowadays. We’re already at the end of 2015 and the 7th Star Wars movie just opened. At inhouseIT we are finishing up plans and goals for 2016, and paving the way to implement new technology for our customers. Looking back at 2015, our engineers spent a lot of time migrating our customers from servers into the cloud. While a lot of the heavy lifting was done by our local, private cloud—incloudIT, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without transitioning the old mail servers to Office 365. Microsoft’s 4 year old solution has really caught fire in the last two years with our clients. Its flexibility, cost-savings and inherent familiarity has made it the go-to solution for small and medium sized business. With all these Office 365 migrations under our belt we have gained a deep understanding of not only the optimal way of migrating, but what our customers have found most useful about Office 365.

Always On, Always Accessible.
Working when you want, where you want is a business necessity these days. Letting you respond instantly to timely requests, from anywhere. Important documents, calendar, contacts are all at your fingertips from any device. Android or Apple, Windows or Mac, coffee shop or airport, sign in and your files will follow you anywhere.

Flexible Pricing Plans.
Office 365 has flexible plans to meet the unique needs of businesses of all sizes. From a small accounting business to a large medical device firm Office 365 plans offer ease of use and strict compliance. Office 365 means no hardware costs and no software upgrades which minimizes your upfront technology cost. You get always-up-to-date enterprise-grade security and functionality at a cost that’s dramatically less than keeping it on premise. Plus you can pick from several plans to meet the needs of your employees and your business without paying for anything you don’t need. Business plans for Office 365 offer access to cloud hosted versions of Office’s server platforms on a SaaS basis, including Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, and the browser-based Office Web Apps suite.

Compliance and Privacy.
Your company data is always protected. And control is even easier. With Office 365’s step-by-step deployment guidance you can manage your users and services from a single admin portal you can get to from virtually anywhere. Office 365 built-in security deflects malware, spam, phishing attacks and other online threats.

Collaborate Inside and Outside Your Organization.
Sharing and team collaboration are easy with Office 365. Create a password-protected portal to share large, hard-to-email files both inside and outside of your organization, giving you a single location to find the latest versions of files or documents, no matter how many people are working on them. Sending instant messages or invites is even easier to manage with the just introduced office 365 Planner.

Familiar Interface and Functionality.

Office 365 gives your company the familiarity and power of Office in the cloud. It’s easy to try, simple to learn, and straightforward to use. You don’t need to learn new software, install complicated systems, or learn new jargon. In just a few minutes, you’ll see how easily your business can be “in the cloud” without additional training or steep learning curve.

Makes You Look Good
Using professional services like Office 365 tells potential customers that you’re serious about business. Impress your prospects by inviting them to a collaborative online meeting where you can review your latest proposal. With these state-of-the-art but easy-to-use collaboration, mail, and messaging services, you can set yourself apart from organizations that use free or ad-supported services. A custom domain name further enhances your branding, and Office 365 includes design tools to easily create a professional, public-facing website in minutes.

Safety and Security
With Office 365, you can use the same systems used by Microsoft and other enterprises worldwide to help protect email, documents, and networks. These systems scan your messages and documents for spam and malicious software 24/7. Microsoft data centers help safeguard your data and are certified to meet several industry-standard certifications.

No Advanced IT Knowledge For Users.

Office 365 administration is designed so you can easily set up and use the features, helping you focus on your business rather than on learning menus and technical lingo. Perform administrative tasks using an intuitive, web-based portal that is accessible only to people you designate.

99.9-Percent Availability, Money-Back Guarantee.

Office 365 helps safeguard your data with enterprise-grade reliability, disaster recovery capabilities, data centers in multiple locations, and a strict privacy policy. The Microsoft data centers that deliver Office 365 are designed with redundant networks, power systems, servers, and continuous monitoring. These and other high availability safeguards provide the basis for the 99.9-percent uptime, money-back guarantee that are included with the service after the release for general availability.

No Updating or Patching.

Office 365 changes and improvements happen without fanfare or disruption. Security updates, API fixes and user improvements happen without you having to lift a finger. All users are updated and seamlessly connected so versions and non-compatibility issues are no longer keeping your team apart. You get always-up-to-date enterprise-grade security and functionality that is not available with older on premise solutions.

Looking at 2016 inhouseIT can see Office 365 continue to be a major part of our cloud migration business, and the ideal way to keep flexibility, avoid unnecessary expense, and provide ease of use for our clients. Check out more at Microsoft Office 365