In the coming months, we’ll be creating an in-depth summary of Office 365, but for now, we want to provide you with a general overview so you can get an understanding of what Office 365 is and how it can help your business.
With the variety of Office 365 plans available, businesses often need clarification about what Office 365 is, what plans are available and what features each plan includes. Let’s have a look.
Office 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that includes the most recent versions of Office 2016 from Microsoft.
The subscription includes popular applications you’re already familiar with like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, along with extra storage, ongoing tech support at no additional cost and a host of other cloud-based productivity tools, like Skype for Business, OneNote, SharePoint and OneDrive.
Previously, it was difficult for businesses to select an Office 365 plan due to complicated options, but Microsoft has been listening to customer feedback and today, there are three main business plans available:
In addition, there are Enterprise level equivalents that offer more services that might be helpful for small businesses, but we’ll cover those options in a future newsletter. For now, let’s keep it simple and focus on small business solutions.
For starters, know that you have total flexibility when it comes to selecting a plan. There’s no need to feel “pigeon holed” into one plan or another when you can mix and match offerings or purchase single subscriptions for individual applications.
If you prefer to “test the waters”, rather than jumping in with both feet, you could move a portion of your infrastructure to Office 365. Then, when you’re ready, you can upgrade your plan or customize it to fit your needs.
In addition, you can add and remove software licenses on-the-fly, which is crucial for most small businesses. Office 365 also provides 24/7 technical support and offers a 99.9% service guarantee.
Let’s look at these plans in greater depth:
Each Office 365 Business plan includes 1 terabyte of OneDrive for Business storage per user. All Business plans include a limit of 300 users, but if you need more, the Enterprise level plans offer unlimited users.
Since Office 365 is cloud-based, you can rest easy knowing all your data is safe, secure and available 24/7. Since these plans are subscription based, your business will save on software expenses since there’s no need to upgrade to new versions – your staff will always be on the latest version. This translates into not only savings, but also better security for your business.
1. Office 365 Business Essentials
If you’re not ready to move your entire infrastructure to Office 365, the Business Essentials plan is a great way to get started.
This plan is right for your business if:
2. Office 365 Business
Similar to the personal Office 365 plans, this plan is right for your business if:
3. Office 365 Business Premium
While the Business Premium plan is the most expensive of the small business plans, the difference isn’t significant. Contact Ontech Systems for pricing information. The Business Premium plan is right for your business if:
Now that you have a better understanding of the plans, let’s take a quick overview at some of the most popular services. This is by no means a complete list of Office 365 features, but they are the most widely used by businesses according to Forrester Research, Inc.
Forrester Research, Inc. conducted a survey to identify the greatest benefits of Office 365 for businesses.
If your business can benefit from:
…then Office 365 is the solution you’ve been searching for. Ontech Systems has extensive experience helping businesses – large and small – move to the cloud to boost their productivity and lower their IT and software expenses.
The great thing about Office 365 is that moving from older versions doesn’t require “re-learning” the software all over again. Microsoft hasn’t radically changed your favorites. They’ve just moved them to the cloud and added a host of other great options to make your life easier.
Need Help from the Experts?
If you have questions, about which plan is right for your specific business needs, let us help you. We can answer any questions or concerns you have, help you select the most efficient and affordable Office 365 solution and integrate the system into your business with as little disruption as possible. We know you’re busy. Get on board, as many other Milwaukee area businesses already have and take your business to the cloud with Office 365.
If you’re already an existing Ontech customer, call (262) 522-8560 or send us a request online to schedule a time with your consultant, or account manager today!
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