Migrating to Office 365 – Top 5 Benefits

Change is scary, and it’s outright terrifying when it comes to a major overhaul of a critical piece of your communications tools. Since the release of Office 365 in June of 2011, the platform has grown into a dominant powerhouse, and the #1 player in it’s category. Due to it’s flexible ability to integrate with other cloud-based services, it has opened new productivity and collaboration possibilities to both small, midsize and large enterprises.

All at a fraction of the cost, with minimal upkeep.

Here is why Migrating to Office 365 is the right choice for any enterprise

1. It replaces a lot of your ageing infrastructure

The typical cost of a well-built, redundant on-site setup which resembles that of Office 365 is broken down into the expense categories of licensing, backup/disaster recovery, the cost of a managed IT Services partner to maintain the environment, and the office suite. On average, the upfront cost of just getting started will range from $10,000 to $15,000. And this is all relying that you have a stable connection that can handle the load of traffic Exchange requires. If you don’t, fiber lines range from $500 a month to $5,000 a month depending on need. After that, your on-site environment can cost you upwards of $11,000 per 5 year period.

2. You are able to work from anywhere

Office 365 empowers your users to work from their mobile devices, assigned work-stations or their tablets. The experience remains the same, the tools are just as powerful, and your control of the data remains intact. Microsoft Office 365 also provides an entire web-based suite of productivity tools.

3. It scales up and down with your business

With the Office 365 Business Premium package you are provided with the entire suite of Office Applications and online services. Microsoft Teams is included and integrated into the heart of your communications suite if you so choose. Hiring more staff? Just add a few licenses. Is someone leaving your organization? Automatically back up their emails, remove the license, and enjoy the savings cost with no cancellation penalty. Want to take it a step further? Take a look at our single-sign on package and control authentication and access directly from your enterprise Active Directory environment.

4. Our favorite two words; Maintenance-free

Dutch Software Engineer Wietse Venema once said;

Most of the effort in the software business goes into the maintenance of code that already exists.

We believe that this is time and money that is better allocated to propelling your business. Office 365 eliminates a very large of amount of maintenance, and cuts your ties to a 3rd party providers for this portion of your infrastructure upkeep. Have peace of mind knowing that your data is protected, is consistently monitored and, you are automatically covered in the case of an interruption in service.

5. Security + Oversight = Happy CEO

Office 365’s wide range of comprehensive security tools give you the capability to monitor incoming and outgoing emails, integrated policies for DLP (Data Loss Prevention), SPAM, Malware and Anti-Virus Filters, and so, so much more. Need to perform an audit of how often a cloud resource is used? No problem. Data-driven reports make this possible for you!

If you think you could benefit from Office 365, reach out to us and we’ll help find the right solution for you.

Northwest Remote Offices, LLC offers managed technology services in Spokane / Coeur D’Alene area and Phoenix, Arizona. Contact Us to learn more about how managed services can help you solve your information technology challenges.

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