Making decisions is not my strong suit. Chocolate or vanilla? Chicken or salmon? Should I go out for sushi and karaoke or stay in and binge watch Netflix in my Batman footie pajamas?
Ok, maybe these aren’t life and death decisions, but I think you can understand where I’m coming from. You’ve probably faced many tough business decisions where you’ve stared at the wall wondering what to do and possibly even thought of flipping a coin (though that never helps).
I’m writing this blog because I’m hoping I can help you make one crucial decision—a decision that can help your business become even more successful and make your life so much easier. If you’ve been weighing the benefits of migrating to Microsoft Office 365, but keep putting off a decision out of fear or uncertainty, you’ve come to the right place.
Keep reading to discover how you can transform your business’s IT with Microsoft Office 365’s secure, reliable and always accessible cloud services.
Many businesses delay a move to the cloud because they worry about the security of a cloud-based solution. They stick with an on-site infrastructure because that’s what they know, and they feel better having control of and complete visibility across their entire environment.
But what these companies may not realize is that Microsoft Office 365 is designed with security in mind. Office 365 applications are protected by 128-bit SSL/TLS encryption, so if a file or data is intercepted by an unauthorized user, they can’t read it.
Microsoft monitors their systems continuously for suspicious activity and has robust security policies in place to keep your data secure. Office 365 also uses Multi-Factor authentication to ensure your data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. You can learn more about Microsoft Office 365’s extensive data security measures by downloading their white paper here.
It doesn’t matter the size of your business or the industry you’re in—every company needs their systems up-and-running to be successful. A study by the Ponemon Institute found that a minute of unplanned downtime costs businesses $7,900 on average, a 41% increase since 2010. That adds up to roughly $474,000 in lost revenue for just a 1-hour outage.
Don’t let an outage or technical failure damage your revenue and reputation or, worst case scenario, put you out of business. Microsoft Office 365 offers services with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime. Microsoft has data centers all over the world—if one data center goes down, another one takes over as a backup.
If you ever want to check the current health of your Office 365 services, all you have to do is pull up Microsoft’s Service Health Dashboard. And when you work with the right cloud and IT solutions provider, a provider that offers deep technical expertise and world-class support, you never have to worry about tackling issues on your own.
3. Anytime, Anywhere Access
With the mobile workforce growing by leaps and bounds, virtual access to your company’s network is no longer an option—it’s a necessity. Microsoft Office 365 offers access to email, important documents, contacts and calendar from almost any device—all you need is an internet connection. It allows you and your employees to work remotely and streamlines all communication. Your employees can respond to urgent requests faster, improving productivity and customer satisfaction.
4. Ease of Use
Office 365 is easy to use and fully managed by Microsoft. You don’t need to worry about learning new skills or software, installing complicated systems, or gaining technical expertise to work in Office 365. Adding and removing users and managing user permissions is quick and easy. Just select the features and functionality the new user requires, and they’re on the system in minutes. And Microsoft takes care of all software updates, so you always have access to the latest features.
Ok, let’s say you’re super excited about all these amazing benefits, and you think Microsoft Office 365 may be just what your business needs to be more productive and successful. If you’re ready to get started, we can make sure your Office 365 migration goes smoothly.
We’ve helped so many companies make the move to Microsoft Office 365, and we want to help you do the same. We ensure coexistence during the migration and mitigate the risk of operational downtime. Talk to us today, and learn how we provide guidance and support throughout the entire process.