Thinking of doing an Office 365 Migration? The chances are you or someone in your organization has been thinking about an Office 365 migration.
With Microsoft’s Office 365 platform getting a lot of buzz lately throughout the IT industry there has never been a better time to make the move to Office 365. But you may be wondering just what benefits an Office 365 migration can bring to your organization?
7 reasons why your business should consider an Office 365 Migration
1. Ease the IT burden
Moving to your email system to Office 365 means less servers to worry about. Consider how much time and effort is spent on supporting and maintaining your current environment. You may have one or more Exchange servers, physical or virtual that need regular updating and maintenance on hardware, operating systems and emails itself, as well as managing backups and archives. Ever increasing storage needs, not to mention additional services for email security. To do this right requires a huge ongoing time and effort commitment.
By moving your email into Microsoft’s cloud platform, you can let Microsoft take care of all these things and free up your resources for other tasks. Microsoft will provide security, patching, troubleshooting and support for the entire infrastructure.
2. Office 365 is Always up to date
When you do move to Office 365, you can be assured that everything you are using will always be up to date with the latest features and improvements, as well critical security updates. It can be a time consuming effort just to keep up to date across your on premise infrastructure, and even if you are keeping on top of things there is still the hassle of worrying about outages, downtime and the almost certain problems that can arise during or after maintenance.
3. Reduce costs
It is important to consider the total cost of ownership of your current infrastructure. For a new business, there is a massive upfront cost on servers and associated hardware and software to setup your environment, but even once it is up and running, you need to consider everything from the cost of the hours people spend maintaining it, through to warranties, maintenance contracts, software licensing, even electricity for running the hardware and cooling. Then consider that every 5 years or so you will most likely need to upgrade or replace the majority of systems.
Even if your emails are hosted through another provider, it is worth taking a closer look at your current offering as Microsoft Office 365 provides a very strong value for money proposition. Office 365 allows for a huge 50GB of storage per mailbox, along with 1TB of cloud storage through OneDrive, and with some plans the ability to install the full Microsoft Office suite on 5 PC/Mac or mobile devices per user. Most other hosted email providers simply cannot match this level of offering.
Most people in IT have at one point or another experienced the stress that comes along with an email outage. Most businesses rely on email on a daily basis and any outage, no matter how small, can cause a high level of stress and panic amongst staff. Even the best maintained Exchange environments can experience unexpected outages, putting pressure on everyone involved to getting it back up and running. Microsoft Office 365 comes with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime through a financially backed Service Level Agreement. In the unlikely event that Office 365 services suffer an outage, Microsoft will keep you updated throughout, and you can rest assured that their engineers will be working around the clock to restore systems as soon as possible.
Cyber security is now one of the biggest concerns for organizations. Malware such as ransomware as well as spam and even data leakage are more prevalent than ever and becoming harder and harder to prevent. Office 365 provides out of the box malware and spam protection meaning you are automatically protected by their systems for all incoming and outgoing mail without having to do any additional configuration. For those that want more control, Microsoft offers a high level of control and customization in their malware and spam filters.
6. Connect from anywhere
With Office 365 you and your staff can work from anywhere, at any time, on almost any device. Office applications are accessible through a Web browser for when you need to quickly access and edit documents, and Office applications are also available for almost all mobile devices, including iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry. And since everything is cloud based, staff can switch between devices and pick up where they left off with super fast syncing.
When your business grows Office 365 can instantly scale to meet your needs. Adding performance, storage, backups and the like is all done automatically and almost instantly for you behind the scenes. And if you decide to downsize, you can remove unneeded licenses to save money and all those additional resources are scaled back without you needing to do a thing.
Considering an Office 365 Migration?
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