Recently, we’ve had a lot of success stories moving clients to Office 365, rather than letting them continue to sink money into server upgrades. Sure, you can continue running a local Exchange server… but why would you want to? The list of good reasons is shrinking by the day.
On the other hand, a move to the cloud-based Office 365 offers substantial benefits over local hosting, and very few drawbacks.
Six Big Reasons You Should Consider A Move To Office 365
1 – Go-Anywhere Accessibility
Sure, if you’re hosting your own Exchange server, employees can log in through your systems… but are you compatible with all the various devices in use out there, especially mobile ones? Office 365 delivers a guaranteed experience to effectively any device in use, anywhere in the world.
2 – Dedicated Apps
Office 365 isn’t solely for Windows machines and devices. Microsoft provides app support on both iOS and Android platforms, creating a truly consistent experience across every device that might need to log into the system. Since the interface remains the same, and familiar to all long-time Office users, there’s minimal need for retraining.
3 – Reliable Servers With Plenty Of Space
Microsoft tends to throw cloud storage space at Office 365 users, with 30-50 gigs usually being minimum. Further, Microsoft has among the most stable cloud servers in the industry. Their up-time is likely better than what your own admins can guarantee, and that translates to better productivity and more effective remote workers.
4 – Simplified Migration
If you’re already running a previous version of Office, back to 2003 or so, migrating your files, folders, and email is a relatively simple process. Microsoft intends 365 as part of their upgrade path, so they’ve made it as easy as possible to move from local hosting to cloud storage.
5 – Simplified Document Collaboration
Office 365 is built to facilitate live document collaboration, in real time, involving people from around the globe. If you or your admins have struggled with file access permissions, or servers too slow to handle multiple users accessing the same document, Office 365 makes it simple.
6 – No More Upgrades
Possibly the biggest benefit to moving onto Office 365 is that it takes you out of the nonstop hardware\software upgrade cycle. Cloud software is maintained and updated automatically, by the provider, which almost entirely takes the burden off your shoulders. Likewise, since Microsoft owns the servers, you’re no longer on the hook to buy and maintain your own servers and hard drive space.
The Cloud Is Here
While there are still some worthy reasons to keep data on-site, especially for firms with serious security issues, the cloud is making more sense for more businesses today. With its ease of use, simple collaboration, and device-agnostic software, Office 365 is a compelling platform for modern businesses.
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