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Top 10 Reasons to Use Office 365

Our top 10 reasons to use Office 365 should include the Hybrid option, then you don’t have to make a choice between cloud or on-premise. You get the best of both worlds. For the majority of businesses, Office 365 makes much more sense, and Microsoft is not a consumer-grade advertising provider. Here are our Top 10 reasons why we think Office 365 is best.

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What business communication and collaboration software do IT pros prefer?

While email remains the primary method of communication between users, many users and companies are experimenting or committing to alternative means such as Slack or Google Hangouts. While these methods have additional benefits and limitations, Skype for Business is favoured by larger firms due to the focus on security, manageability and reliability.

“When it comes to electronic communications at work, email is the seasoned old-timer.” announced a report from the IT & Marketing gurus at Spiceworks, “Everyone uses it, and for decades it’s been the default method of communication at work”. However, anyone who has had the misfortune of having to manage multiple email users, has probably been made painfully aware of the pitfalls posed by it’s limitations. As a result, a variety of alternatives have sprung up that attempt to solve these problems by incorporating instant messaging, video conferencing and file sharing. In terms of market share, Skype for Business has the greatest rate of adoption with 50% of organisations that have over 500 users currently using Skype for Business.

 

While collaborative software such as Slack is seen as innovative, user friendly, and widely compatible with a range of devices and operating systems, the runaway leader as favoured by IT professionals is Skype for Business. According to the survey, IT pros evaluated Skype for Business as the leading collaborative chat app for security, manageability and reliability.

Collaborative Software Percieved Attributes Graph

Collaborative Software Percieved Attributes Graph

 

Security Concerns

The report also revealed that almost 60% of IT pros believed that sensitive files and information should not be shared via group chat apps, which may explain their preference for Skype for Business. Another reason for this preference may also be the account management features offered by Skype for Business which facilitate more effective management for larger or growing organisations.

 

If you would like to know more about how Skype for Business or other Microsoft Products such as Office 365 could benefit your organisation feel free to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

 

To see the full results of the Spiceworks survey, click here.

 

 

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Compare Office 365 Pricing: Making the Most of your investment

Office 365 pricing is competitive and the first choice for organisations that need a cloud-based suite of productivity and collaboration applications.

If you purchase new, or renew existing, Office 365 licences:

SAVE AT LEAST 5%

This includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business and the entire suite of Office 365 pricing.

Getting to know Office 365 pricing

Download Getting to know Office 365

Office 365 Pricing: Of course I’m someone who uses this suite in the office, and almost everywhere in fact. I’m not at all surprised to see so many other organisations choosing Office 365, even if you compare Office 365 pricing UK changes since 1st January 2017. Most organisations are aware that Office 365 gives you access to the core services, such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business and OneDrive for Business. What many are not aware of are the components of Office 365 also contain fantastic automation, such as Flow, analytics tools, in the form of PowerBi, and even an application development tool, PowerApps. That’s not to mention the often forgotten things such as the self-learning audit tool, Delve, the chat platform, Yammer, and the media curation tool, Sway.

Having Microsoft Office available almost anytime, practically anywhere and on virtually any device makes it a great option for current users. They can build on their experience with Microsoft solutions with hybrid implementation, whilst also enjoying the flexibility of a cloud-based service being quickly adopted by users due to familiarity. Even organisations with no previous investment in Microsoft will find Office 365 has a lot to offer in terms of comprehensiveness, security, support and Office 365 pricing is still competitive with other services. Last year the Gartner Office 365 Survey revealed adoption of Office 365 is widespread. Key insights from the survey include:

Click the link for a free no obligation 30 day trial of Office 365 E5 for 25 users. Our Microsoft experts will be close at hand to help you make the most of the trial and unlock all the benefits. Call us on 0121 468 0101. When the trial has completed you can decide to continue and purchase the Office 365 subscription which is right for you. We can migrate your data and systems over so you’re ready to start using it straight away.

Office 365 Leads the Way

78% of surveyed organisations are currently using or planning to use Office 365. That’s a 13% increase on the previous survey in 2014. As a result, Office 365 is arguably the most popular cloud-based productivity suite.

The comprehensive suite of Office 365 applications continues to drive productivity, with Exchange Online for e-mail and calendar use the most popular, OneDrive for Business is second and Office 365 ProPlus, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. ranked third.

Is it plain sailing?

As the usage of Exchange Server on-site has hardly budged it suggests that hybrid deployments are proving popular. Due to Office 365 pricing being geared towards total adoption it’s actually more competitive to buy cloud licences than it is to add existing or upgrade new licences. However, hybrid implementation, customisation, Single Sign-On with Multi-Factor Authentication and general administration of the service are key areas where the experience can be improved. From my perspective I can only encourage organisations considering adopting Office 365 take these factors in to consideration. As a result, many organisations are taking managed on-boarding and migration support to overcome these obstacles. It’s a steep learning curve, as we’ve seen with our own customers.

 

Just because it’s ‘in the Cloud’, it does not make it easy to deliver from an operational and technical perspective. Decision makers are keen to take advantage of competitive Office 365 pricing and users of course are keen to adopt. More often than not, if the deployment has been done properly, users believe it’s easy to use, intuitive and safe. Before making a wholesale move to any new platform every organisation must carefully evaluate what’s involved for successful results. A managed solution can help you transform.

  • Compare Office 365 Pricing Plans:

With so many confusing options in the massive list of Office 365 subscription plans, rely on the expertise of a Cloud Services Provider (CSP) to match you with the right one. Office 365 Pricing is still competitive, however, in order to get the best Office 365 pricing only acquire licences appropriate for each individual user. You can find more on plans and pricing in our Compare Office 365 Plans.
Office 365 Pricing Plans Comparison

  • Prepare your Infrastructure:

While you should be focused on the broader business outcomes of an Office 365 deployment, a cloud managed services provider will be expected to focus on the detailed process of preparing your infrastructure for transformation. A cloud managed services provider will discover your infrastructure before any transition, troubleshoot during the delivery and support you fully following a successful completion.

  • Get Hybrid & Administration Right:

There is no doubt about it, hybrid implementations and administration of the services are challenging. By partnering with the right cloud managed services provider, you will receive crucial support and get hybrid & Administration with PowerShell right.

Office 365 Hybrid Deployment

  • On-board your Users:

Don’t leave your users out of the loop, engage them at the earliest possible opportunity, not when you have everything up and running. The right partner will help you evaluate a number of options to get all stakeholders on-side as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

 

User Office 365

  • Seamless Email:

Email is the core of workplace communication and, as a result, it is perceived as one of the toughest applications to move. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to make the transition as smooth as possible. Find a cloud managed services provider that can demonstrate they have successfully migrated TB of email, how tough it was and what they did to remedy the inevitable problems.

Relying on a cloud-based collaboration and productivity suite is now becoming the norm. As there is with any IT solution, there are ways to make the most of Office 365 to enhance productivity, however, there are equally as many ways to cause productivity to grind to a halt. A cloud managed services provider can help mitigate the risks, enabling you take full advantage of Office 365 today, save money with competitive Office 365 pricing and reap the results of everything Office 365 can offer tomorrow.

For more information on Office 365, download this Getting to know Office 365 eBook.  In order to offer our clients complete peace of mind, we’re a Silver Productivity Partner with Microsoft and use select partners for High Availability. Through our partnerships, you can choose from multiple service tiers to target specific requirements.

If you would like to save money on Office 365 pricing, new or renewal,  get in touch today: 0121 468 0101.


With over 20 years of experience, Serviceteam IT design and deliver sophisticated connectivitycommunicationcontinuity, and cloud services, for organisations that need to stay connected 24/7. We take the time to fully understand your current challenges, and provide a solution that gives you a clear understanding of what you are purchasing and the benefits it will bring you.

To find out how we can help you, call us on 0121 468 0101use the Contact Us form, or why not drop in and visit us at 49 Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1HN.

We’d love to hear from you!

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Which Office 365 Plan is right for you? [Infographic]

Office 365 Plans: We’ve already written extensively on why we recommend Office 365 over Google Apps. We’ve also written extensively on using OData, PowerShell or ActiveDirectory, to get the most out of Office 365 for you and your users.

However, as there are so many different packages available, it can quite a puzzle to work out which Office 365 Plan is the right one for you and your organisation.

That’s why we’ve decided to create an easy-to-read chart that allows you to quickly compare the different Exchange Online Plans and Office 365 Enterprise plans and their main features.

Office 365 Plans & Exchange Online Plans Comparison Table

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Also included are our prices (**UPDATED February 2017**)

It’s also important to note that on January 1st 2017, Microsoft increased their UK prices to bring them in-line with the Eurozone. This means Enterprise Cloud products such as Office 365 will be 22% more expensive come January. However, to shield yourself against these increased costs in the future, it’s important that you renew or purchase Office 365 licenses before December 31st 2016. To read the Microsoft Statement in full, click here.

Office 365 Plans - Serviceteam ITTo find out more about Office 365, check out our brochure by clicking on the link below :

[Office 365 Brochure]

This contains information and scenarios demonstrating how an Office 365 Plan can benefit every aspect of your organisation from Sales & Marketing to R&D and Legal.

If you would like to renew your Office 365 licence, or would like to know how it could benefit your organisation feel free to get in touch.

With over 20 years of experience, Serviceteam IT design and deliver sophisticated connectivitycommunicationcontinuity, and cloud services, for organisations that need to stay connected 24/7. We take the time to fully understand your current challenges, and provide a solution that gives you a clear understanding of what you are purchasing and the benefits it will bring you.

To find out how we can help you, call us on 0121 468 0101use the Contact Us form, or why not drop in and visit us at 49 Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1HN.

We’d love to hear from you!