One of the most topical technology issues facing small businesses today is whether to maintain an on-premise systems infrastructure or move to a cloud-based computing environment.
Increasingly, businesses are recognising the merits of cloud services and are diving into the cloud with great enthusiasm. Given its wide adoption throughout the business world, the Microsoft Office suite is a natural choice for small businesses that want to experience the benefits of the cloud.
Over 4.4 million users have deployed Office 365 – Microsoft’s cloud version of Office.
So why are so many businesses making the move to Office 365?
At Professional Advantage we have been experiencing an increasing interest in Office 365 amongst our small to medium (SME) customers. One of our recent deployments of Office 365 was with The Talon Group, a Sydney-based recruitment agency specialising in the construction, telecommunications and medical industries.
The technology issues The Talon Group experienced (and which led the agency to make the move to Office 365) are common to many small businesses. Talon’s internal server was running various Windows operating systems across its desktops, leading to a mishmash of performance and compatibility problems that could no longer be endured. They had an eight year old server that had become so overloaded that it started to crash.
The move to Office 365 provided a way forward for the whole company, operating from the one platform that can be remotely managed. Professional Advantage worked with the Talon Group to personalise their setup, and subsequently the organisation is experiencing a smoother and more productive operating system.
The move to Office 365 has provided a number of benefits to the Group, including:
Cost savings: Under Office 365 subscription-based pricing model, moderate regular payments are made to keep your systems up and running. Additionally, your IT costs can be predicted over time, making budgeting and forecasting more accurate and meaningful.
Always up to date: With Office 365 you can always be sure that you’re equipped with the latest versions of your software. Upgrades are installed automatically – no need for time-consuming input from you, your staff or consultants.
Security: For SME businesses, security in the cloud is easier to maintain compared to on-premise IT assets. Office 365 includes a number of built-in security features that automatically stay up-to-date. Many on-premise Exchange, Office and Outlook applications are often not kept patched and up-to-date by customers, which puts many businesses at risk compared with the automated patches and updates provide by Office 365. The Office 365 control panel is also simple to manage and still provides the flexibility to tailor your own security settings. Put simply, your data is protected at all times.
Access anywhere: Staff at the Talon Group can now more easily work from home and other remote locations, on their desktops, tablets or mobile devices – whilst all on one platform, making their team far more efficient.
Office 365 for The Talon Group has created a more streamlined organisation, enabling all staff to better collaborate on the one platform with the applications they depend on. For organisations flirting with the cloud in order to keep efficiency high, productivity up and costs down, Microsoft Office 365 is a solution well worth taking a look at.
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