With the growth of cloud-based computing, keeping track of a variety of different software licenses, CDs and registration numbers can be a thing of the past.

Microsoft is one of the many organizations that have decided to move away from a one-time purchase model to an ongoing subscription model for their software, and there are a variety of benefits that businesses can recognize from this change. Most importantly, your IT professional or office administrator can take a break from storing and organizing licensing information or unlocking workstations to make updates and move on to actual productive work–all made possible by implementing Office 365.

Quick Collaboration

One of the key selling points of Microsoft Office 365 is its power as a collaboration tool. Since its live release in 2011, Microsoft has continued to add valuable collaboration tools to the suite, and it now is quite robust. Office 365 subscriptions now include cost-effective access to nearly everything a SMB could need, including:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Publisher
  • OneNote
  • Skype for Business

Since the software is cloud-based, it offers the additional functionality of installing each seat license on not just one personal computer, but on up to 5 computers plus mobile tablets and phones. This flexibility allows today’s mobile workforce to access their files when, where and how they want to without messy file conversions–which could potentially add hours of productivity every day.

Managed Updates and Maintenance

One huge benefit that many organizations may not consider is that adopting MS Office 365 essentially nets you an outsourced IT department. Since all of your applications are cloud-based–specifically Outlook and Exchange Server–your team is no longer responsible for keeping these high-touch applications patched and secure. Microsoft’s 99.9% uptime promise and financially backed service level agreements paired with 24/7 phone support for critical issues make this decision even easier.

Migration and Implementation

Purplo professionals are well-versed in working directly with Microsoft to perform initial implementations as well as migrations from on-premise productivity suites. We’re able to review your current usage models for the software, assess future needs, and make a personalized recommendation based on your personal business needs. Need help implementing a fully compliant software suite? No problem! Microsoft Office 365 can be tailored to support industry and government regulations.

Compatibility

Ensuring that the files produced by your employees are fully compatible with those of your clients and vendors can save a great deal of time and consternation when it comes to business transactions. With Office 365 productivity suite, your team will also get office to the Office Web Apps, which allows you to integrate tightly with SharePoint, DropBox, OneDrive and many other popular file-sharing platforms. Need to convert a document onsite with a customer? No problem–you can pull your files up from any Internet-enabled computer to make quick changes.