How to Make the Most of Office 365
Microsoft Office 365 is a top choice for enterprises that want a cloud-based suite of productivity and collaboration applications. As someone who uses this suite in the office, I am not surprised in the least to see others choosing Office 365. With Office 365, you get access to Microsoft Office solutions practically anytime, anywhere on virtually any device. It’s a great option for current Microsoft users who can now build on their experience with Microsoft solutions, while also enjoying the flexibility of a cloud-based delivery.
Even organizations with no previous investment in Microsoft will find Office 365 has a lot to offer in terms of comprehensiveness, security, support for “hybrid” implementations and more. Don’t just take it from me. A recent Gartner 2016 Office 365 Survey revealed adoption of Office 365 is widespread. Key insights from the survey include:
Office 365 Leads the Way
78% of surveyed organizations are currently using or planning to use Office 365. As a result, it is now the most popular cloud based office productivity suite.
The Top Five Office 365 Applications
The comprehensive suite of Office 365 applications continues to drive productivity. Exchange Online for e-mail and calendar use is the most popular Office 365 application, with OneDrive for Business placing second and Office 365 ProPlus (the suite of Office applications—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) ranked third.
Hybrid Deployments Popular
While Office 365 use has soared—led by adoption of Exchange Online for email—use of Exchange Server has barely budged, indicating that most organizations are opting for cloud/on-premise hybrid approaches.
Top Five Challenges in Office 365 Implementations
While adoption of Office 365 is soaring, enterprises still face challenges. Hybrid, customization and single sign-on integration are the top challenges facing organizations implementing Office 365. As a result, many organizations are seeking managed onboarding and migration support to overcome these obstacles.
So how can you make the most of your Office 365 deployment?
Before making the move to Office 365, every organization needs to carefully evaluate what’s involved for a successful deployment. A managed solution, such as Navisite’s Office 365 Productivity Suite, can help you achieve Office 365 success. Here are five ways that managed cloud for Office 365 Productivity Suite can help you make the most of your Office 365 deployment right from the start:
Find the Right Plan: With so many options in the various Office 365 subscription plans, rely on the expertise of a managed cloud provider to match you with the right one.
Get Hybrid Done Right: Hybrid implementations are challenging. By partnering with a managed cloud provider, you can receive best-in-class support to get hybrid done right.
Prep your Infrastructure: While you’re focused on the broader business outcomes of an Office 365 deployment, a managed cloud provider can focus on the minutiae of prepping your infrastructure for the change. A managed cloud provider can troubleshoot your infrastructure before, during and after the changeover.
Onboard your Users: Once you have everything up and running, the next challenge is onboarding users. With the right IT partner, you can evaluate a number of onboarding support options to get everyone in the cloud, as quickly and simply as possible.
Get Pain-free Email: Email is the backbone of workplace communication and, as a result, it is also one of the toughest applications to move. As one of the most critical elements of enterprise communication, it is imperative you make the transition as painless as possible. You can rely on the expertise and tools of a managed cloud provider to help with this change.
For businesses large and small, relying on a cloud-based collaboration and productivity suite such as Microsoft Office 365 is becoming the norm. As with any IT solution, there are ways to make the most of Office 365 to enhance productivity within your organization. With the help of a managed cloud provider, your organization can take full advantage of Office 365 today—and everything it will offer tomorrow.
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