Posted by Indusa Admin on July 26, 2016 12:11 pm
Productivity is evolving at a rapid pace. As organizations embrace a dramatic new approach to productivity, Microsoft’s fastest growing commercial product ever, Office 365 (O365) has taken center stage. O365 is the next step in the evolution of business tools, delivering cloud-based productivity that complements the Office desktop experience. Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a lead in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Social Software for O365. O365 has over 50 million active business users per month and is packed with a huge set of enterprise-class capabilities helping organizations enhance productivity and transform their business. Keep reading to discover the top 5 ways to boost business productivity with O365.
1. Collaboration. Great teams are built on great communication. O365 provides a robust, hosted communications platform bringing together a plethora of next-gen capabilities. Exchange Online provides email, calendar, contacts, and tasks, while Lync Online is a real-time communications platform facilitating instant messaging, audio and video calling, and online meetings. SharePoint allows teams to collaborate on projects through automated workflows, business tools, and co-authoring features. Yammer and Skype for Business facilitate communication on a more social level encouraging employee engagement. Collectively, these tools take employee collaboration to the next level.
2. Security. Data in O365 is encrypted and highly secure and meets industry standards and regulations. In addition to encryption, data is stored on Microsoft’s physically secure servers, protected with threat management and security monitoring. With O365 data protection, regular data backups, and multi-factor authentication, your data is protected and secure, curtailing risk of data loss or theft.
3. Mobile. With a diverse and distributed remote workforce, the capability of productivity tools to be accessible from anywhere is critical. O365 is accessible on multiple devices including Mac and PC and operating systems like iOS, Android, or Windows. Access to familiar applications like MS Office meets the demand for sophisticated mobile apps, devices, and access to business data. This anytime, anywhere access frees employees from the boundaries of business hours and the physical office.
4. Storage. Increasing infrastructure cost and complexity have started becoming a roadblock to employee productivity. O365 storage allows you to store and back-up all of your large, critical files online and access them from anywhere without having to worry if your inbox will get clogged or your physical server is approaching full capacity. With flexible families of plans for kiosk workers, enterprise or information workers, and small business workers, O365 meets the needs of employees irrespective of the company scenario.
5. Cloud. With the elimination of a physical onsite server or a contract with an offsite host, team members have 24/7/365 access to business emails and projects. Cloud-based storage provides central project tracking capabilities, allowing employees to work on the cloud, ending versioning issues and the need to create duplicate records. Microsoft guarantees a 99.9% uptime,almost ending the worry about operational interruptions, office closures, or incidents.
Porch, a leading online home improvement network based in Seattle, Washington, adopted Microsoft O365 to gain multiple cloud-based services that would help it run more cohesively and efficiently. Employees used comprehensive calendaring, document collaboration, and streamlined business practices, which resulted in a boost in their productivity. “In just five months, we have transformed our environment— employees have increased their week-over-week productivity and work together far more effectively to achieve our business goals,” says the Chief Financial Officer at Porch.
O365 is now a must-have for businesses looking to increase team productivity, while realizing savings on third-party software, hardware, IT infrastructure, and support and travel expenses. With collaborative tools, reliable security features, and controlled costs, O365 provides several opportunities to surge business productivity and efficiency. O365 is all set to take productivity to the next level!
About the Author – Nandita Nityanandam
Nandita is a Marketing Professional with specific skills in marketing automation, sales/marketing alignment, go-to-market strategy and ROI analysis/metric based reporting for global markets. She has over a decade of experience in marketing and demand generation operations to boost branding, positioning and lead generation.