It’s a new age, a new time and there are a lot of things that seem not to make sense anymore, one of these things is the cloud; what it is and how it can help your business.
You’ve heard of Microsoft 365 before, your employees have dropped hints, you’ve seen it on social media and even been approached by a company trying to sell you on it, now you’re wondering if Microsoft 365 is the solution to your business woes or just another money dump.
Microsoft 365 is a suite of programs, designed to help you achieve more with innovative office apps, intelligent cloud services and world-class security.
Here are five benefits of Microsoft 365 for small businesses, we hope this leaves you better equipped to say Yes or No.
1. Remain relevant anytime and anywhere
April 8th 2020, the office of the Accountant of the Federal Republic of Nigeria suffered a fire, according to sources records and very important documents were lost. In short, his past and future activities depended on a pile of flammable material, this is a scenario that is guaranteed not to happen with a decentralized system that can be accessed and collaborated on by anyone, anytime, anywhere. If you send your data to the cloud, all your business documents and applications, such as email, will always be available. You’ll be up and running, no matter what happens.
2. Data Control and Security
Statistics show that Cybercrime was the reason for the loss of $27.4 million in 2018, your data is money that just needs translation. Data security in the cloud is no longer an issue. Microsoft 365 has built-in security and continuous compliance so small businesses can focus on the right things. You always know where your data is and who has access to it. You can also remotely wipe all data if you lose your mobile device. So, go ahead and store your data safely in the cloud. Storing your data online also keeps it safe in case something happens. Imagine losing your laptop or breaking it? Thanks to 1TB of OneDrive online storage, your data is safer than ever before.
3. Office Optimization and Organization
Nothing frustrates more than the back and forth with an employee trying to decide why this or that isn’t done. When you use Microsoft 365, email, calendar and contacts are all synchronized to work together. Update a contact on your mobile phone and it will be automatically updated across all your devices. This is a really cool feature to help small businesses get the most from Microsoft 365. You can also access the same data from any device. Save a document on your PC and continue working on it on your mobile or tablet.
4. Seamless Collaboration
To some, being a Digital Nomad is a pipe dream, cannot possibly happen. Yet studies show that a more comfortable environment can account for up to a 17% increase in employee efficiency. Microsoft 365 contains tools built and tailored to ensuring continuous work between any number of people on any document for any project. Even freelancers can be given temporary access to documents, increasing efficiency even while securing your data.
5. Flexible Packages and Costs
This one is very important for small businesses. Microsoft 365 has a flexible monthly billing process that lets you add or decrease the number of users to suit your needs. You’re not locked into a contract and you change plans at any time to suit your growing business needs. This kind of scalable solution might be exactly what a small business is looking for to get started in the cloud. It has become even easier to budget for your IT services and costs.