Office 365 Integration

What is Office 365?

Microsoft Office has become a business staple since it was first launched back in 1988, and now the world’s most used business software package is available as a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Office 365 offers all the familiar applications – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and others – as an online version. This follows the general trends towards cloud computing and SaaS, which will eventually replace software-in-a-box and local storage.

Why should I use Office 365?

Office 365 is a complete office suite in the cloud! Here are five ways in which this model can benefit your business:

  • Replace your exchange server – is this Greek to you? See below!
  • Gain access to one terabyte storage per user on Microsoft OneDrive (cloud storage)
  • Makes collaborating on and sharing documents and other information easier
  • Automatic updates mean that you always have access to the latest software
  • Synchronise information across devices – PC, tablet and smartphone.

Office 365 versus hosted exchange

If you haven’t yet migrated to Office 365, then – apart from having your own on-site exchange – you’re most likely operating on a hosted exchange system. In a nutshell, this means that you’re renting an off-site server in a secure location to enable office processes to occur on-site – that is, for a fee, a service provider makes space available on its server so that you can host your data there. Your emails are routed from here to your devices – PCs, tablets or smartphones – through ‘push technology’, which has been the tech standard for close on two decades.

Cloud computing is changing the status quo – while hosted exchange requires a service provider with an exchange server; with Office 365 you deal directly with Microsoft by purchasing a subscription to their cloud-based applications.

Office 365 integration

To ensure seamless migration from hosted exchange to Office 365, you’ll need our help! We’ll facilitate a hybrid scenario, where your hosted exchange facility operates side-by-side with Office 365, until everything’s in place for the final integration. This will ensure it’s business as usual, with as little downtime and inconvenience as possible.

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