An introduction – Challenges that SMBs face today
SMBs today spend a majority of their budget in maintaining their traditional applications and getting them updated on a regular basis. This leaves them with little to make their business stand out from the competitors.
With competitors providing customized services at aggressive pricing, they are forced to reduce their margins and maximize their output. Furthermore, they are increasingly facing market demands that require them to move their services to the cloud.
They need to differentiate them from all and maximize their revenue from their existing customer base, while working aggressively to acquire new customers too.
This necessitates that they invest in an intelligent productivity solution that provides them security and mobility, cost-effectively– giving them back the time and funds they need to differentiate and innovate.
The solution – A cloud based, simple, secure, productivity solution that can help employees unlock innovation with better teamwork
Microsoft 365 that’s available from today, is one such solution that comprises Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility +Security to provide an organization with a comprehensive and simple solution that can empower employees to unlock their creativity and better operate as a team in a secure, smart way.
It provides an innovative technology to help an organization transform its traditional workplace to a modern one that has a diverse team with a global presence.
To address the challenges faced by businesses, irrespective of their sizes, Microsoft 365 is available in two ways:
Microsoft 365 Enterprise: This has been designed keeping the needs of large organizations in focus and combines the power of Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security to help employees work together creatively and securely. It:
Promotes Innovation – Helps people to innovate and create content using Intelligent apps (that leverage Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence) by providing them the ability to naturally work with voice, ink and touch.
Facilitates Teamwork – Provides enterprise grade video, voice and email services, so as to empower employees to connect, share and collaborate universally, in real time.
Simplifies IT management – It simplifies management of organizational IT with unified cloud based management, self- service deployment and automatic updates across users, services, devices and apps. Its solutions’ consolidations help to reduce TCO.
Enables security smartly – It uses Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to thwart advanced threats and provide protection of identity, data, devices and apps. It helps an organization become GDPR compliant and helps manage data discovery, governance and archiving.
It is available for purchase as two plans – Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5 from today.
Microsoft 365 Business: This is a comprehensive solution purpose-built for fulfilling the needs of small to medium sized organizations. It helps an organization secure its business, empower its employees with tools for better team work and simplify IT management. Microsoft 365 for business:
Facilitates better connectivity – It brings resources and teams together and quickly connects coworkers, suppliers and customers. With apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel; and Cortana – the AI based virtual personal assistant, it helps an organization connect better at all levels.
Promotes remote & offline working – It allows employees to work from anywhere safely, irrespective of their location. It also helps them work offline and sync all later when online. It is accessible on iOS, Mac, Android, Windows and across different web browsers.
Provides security anywhere – It helps protect an organization from cyber security threats and phishing. With the availability of most advanced versions of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365, it helps in safeguarding an organization’s data across different devices – tablets, PCs and phones.
Simplifies management – It makes management of users and devices easier with a single dashboard and simplifies things with single login across all devices and services. It is easy to deploy and simple to setup for employees.
It includes a number of other things:
- Latest Office versions, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more.
- Outlook and Exchange for email and calendaring.
- 1 TB file storage.
- Data protection control across company and personal devices.
- Protection against viruses, malware and spyware.
- Option to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 7 and 8.1 Pro.
- Microsoft’s 99.9% uptime guarantee and ZNetLive’s reliable support services.
It will be available in public preview from tomorrow i.e. August 2, 2017.
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