It’s been over 25 years since Microsoft first released Office into the world and over this time it has developed into the industry standard in office productivity software.
Throughout this time period Microsoft have continually added features that made the software even more indispensable for day-to-day business tasks and then in 2011 they leapt into the cloud with the release of Office 365.
By using the cloud, Microsoft is able to deliver a suite of productivity software that’s powerful, flexible and secure.
But how does all of these amazing facts above help my business you may ask?
Read on for 5 great reasons your business needs to upgrade to Office 365.
Why upgrade to Microsoft Office 365?
You’ll be always mobile
Mobile technology and the internet brought radical change to the business environment as a whole.
It has taken business out of the office and out onto the road so business owners and their employees can access information from devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets, wherever and whenever they need to.
This has become super critical for business success for most because customers are demanding instant communication and waiting for information is no longer good enough.
You, your staff and your customers (current and potential) want Information to be available and it has to be available yesterday.
Office 365 is heavily integrated with the cloud and this makes it the perfect productivity companion for you, both in your office or out on the road.
With Office 365 capabilities you can sync calendars, contacts, emails and other important documents, while the Microsoft Office app allows you to access and edit these documents in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote on any device you choose to setup.
You will always be collaborating
The internet has made the world smaller and faster so it is now easier than ever to collaborate with your team both inside and outside your business, no matter where in the world they are.
By being plugged into the cloud, Office 365 allows you to take advantage of this by providing the platform where teams can share important files easily.
Seamless Business Skype integration also helps you and your teams stay in contact and hold meetings with ease.
Up to date, yes, always
In the past Microsoft updated Office about every three years or so by releasing a new version that included new features and better versions of existing features.
This presented a potentially large capital outlay for businesses that wanted to take advantage of all of these new and improved features as well as the time outlay updating all of the devices in a business too.
Because Office 365 is a subscription based solution for you, all of this has changed.
In Office 365 the software is continuously updated and new features are introduced all the time so this doesn’t impact on your day to day running and also impact on your wallet by having to shell out your hard earned cash every 5 minutes for a new upgrade or change.
You’re always running the latest and greatest version of Office on every one of your businesses devices.
This allows you to take advantage of the features and updates as they become available and because these regular updates are incremental, your business productivity isn’t compromised.
So it’s business as usual, easy!
Your Head of Security is on the door, always
One of the most critical concerns for any business owner is security and it’s getting more of a concern as time ticks on.
With an increased reliance on the internet to perform important functions, protecting sensitive and important information has become vital.
With this in mind, Microsoft uses security measures such as encryption, different authorisation protocols, multi-system anti-virus engines, spam and malware filtering and more, as well as monitoring and security audits in Office 365 to ensure your documents, data and correspondence are protected and remain protected 24/7.
They really go out of their way to give you peace of mind and, as security is becoming more and more important for businesses, they are continually updating, assessing and adapting to new security threats as they happen.
You are always compliant
Compliance has become an important aspect of business and can be quite a large headache especially for small business owners wear many hats, including the hat of the IT Department.
Office 365 is based on a subscription model, this makes it easy to keep track of your licenses as well as ensuring that all of your computers, phones and devices have an authorised Office software version installed.
And while the audits and compliance checks are not going to go away, Office 365 can make them quicker and much less stressful for you as a whole.
Considering all of the above, the question is not why should you upgrade Office 365, but rather why haven’t you upgraded to Office 365?
Where does Greendata fit in all of this?
Confused about why we are telling you about all of the great features of Office 365?
Well it’s because we love what we do and we like to help people (and their businesses too).
We want to become the extra person on your team, the one you turn to and say “Where to next?” when it comes to business technology, productivity, saving you time and upgrading to Office 365 is just one of the ways we can help.
Why wait for tomorrow, when Office 365 is today!