Posted on: 14 Apr 17
If you and most of your colleagues work at the same desks all week, you be forgiven for thinking that the cloud is not for you. But working in the cloud offers many benefits even if you rarely work away from the office.
Internet speed has traditionally been the biggest barrier to working in the cloud but with broadband and mobile speed and reach increasing all the time and prices falling, many businesses can now realistically work in the cloud, even if they have many users.
Office 365 is available as a simple monthly subscription so you can avoid large up-front costs for new software while moving the cost of IT from capital to operating expense. You can quickly scale your O365 accounts up and down as you need them, saving unnecessary costs.
In addition, without servers to run for email and document storage, you can reduce energy costs and save by no longer purchasing new server hardware every few years.
Email is the mainstay of business communication and the key opportunity for threats. Office 365 email comes with a large, 50GB mailbox that can send messages up to 25MB in size, with shared contacts and calendars. With so much important information held in email, it is vital it is secure and backed-up.
Using cloud-based email ensures users are always fully protected with the latest anti-spam and anti-virus systems without relying on users to update security software. As online attacks increase in sophistication, Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection can help protect users against malicious and ransomware while Veeam Backup for Office 365 allows you to recover email even if it’s been permanently deleted.
The advantage of these cloud-based system is they work in the background without user intervention ensuring your business and customer data is protected off-site if disaster strikes!
In addition to the email and latest version of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, each full Office 365 account comes with 1TB of online file storage thanks to OneDrive. OneDrive allows you to store all your files in the cloud, keeping them secure and backed up and even keeps previous versions of documents, allowing you to easily reverse changes you made to a document.
By placing you documents on OneDrive you can easily send very large files to colleagues or customers with just a secure read-only link, preventing your mailbox and theirs becoming bloated with large attachments. And if you do suddenly find yourself having to work away from the office, you can be assured all your files are easily accessible.
Strident engineers are experts in setting up, moving to and getting the most out of Microsoft Office. Call Chris Joberns today on 01473 835 280 for friendly chat on how to take advantage of working on Microsoft Office 365.