How to Select the Right Managed Office 365 Plan
Thanks to today’s mobile devices, your “desk” can be wherever you happen to be— at home, at a coffee shop or in your car. As mobility transforms the workplace, Microsoft, the leading provider of desktop software, has taken notice. Microsoft is making it easy to get on-the-go access to its suite of Microsoft Office solutions through a cloud-based subscription service: Microsoft Office 365.
Office 365 delivers anytime, anywhere access to Microsoft Office applications (and storage) because of it is hosted in the cloud—and not on your servers. Users can receive regular updates without new installations wherever they have an Internet connection. One of the primary motivations for moving to Office 365—as it is for any cloud service—is to achieve cost savings. This can come in the form of reduced hardware investments, enhanced cost savings (i.e. savings on support costs, licensing fees, achieving compliance, extending your operations), reducing the need for fully equipped remote offices, as well as extending productivity and collaboration capabilities to achieve a more efficient operation.
Within just a few years, analysts predict that the cloud will become the primary way most people get access to these collaboration applications. Sooner or later, Office 365—or something very much like it—is going to be part of your future.
So now the question is, how can you determine which Office 365 plan is right for you? Some of the key factors to consider are:
Company size: Do you need more than 300 licenses—the limit that separates Business from Enterprise plans?
Type of employee usage: Your employees probably differ in how much they rely on Office applications. As such, you’ll need to evaluate which employees spend their entire day using productivity tools, which employees are more likely to be online users versus desktop users.
Security: What are your security and compliance needs? While all Office 365 plans deliver high levels of cloud security services, the upper-tier Enterprise plans have specific features and eDiscovery tools for compliance and information protection, including Legal Hold, Rights Management and Data Loss Prevention for email and files.
Excel Power Users: Which employees rely heavily on Excel and can benefit from additional Business Intelligence capabilities in the top-tier Enterprise plans?
Video Usage: Do you have an active need for sharing video files in your organization? The top Enterprise plans provides a video portal.
In principle, making the transition to Office 365 involves setting up the appropriate accounts, the access permissions, file integrations and, in the case of current users, transitioning existing premises-based solutions to the cloud. While some providers of Office 365 treat onboarding as a “self-service” activity that clients complete on their own, we prefer to offer our clients managed Microsoft Office 365 migration and onboarding services.
By choosing a Managed Microsoft Office 365, businesses can benefit from expertise and support to help with the following critical steps:
Preparing your infrastructure
Migrating data and email
Continuous performance monitoring
At Navisite, we’re proud to offer IT support for all things cloud and beyond. Through our Managed Office 365 offerings, we aim to empower businesses to take advantage of our experience in migrating multiple data sources, application integrations, identity and enterprise mobility management and more. We strive to provide our clients with the freedom of choice and offer onboarding services with both Managed Provisioning and Managed Migration.
Migration to Office 365 is a big transition – you can get it right by downloading this Managed Office 365 eBook.