Microsoft is living up to its reputation of constantly creating innovative software products that target businesses’ growing needs.
One software, in particular, Microsoft Office 365, is making an impact on the business world, offering a variety of features for businesses to further enhances productivity in the workplace.
“Office 365 is the fastest growing and most broadly used SaaS platform in the enterprise; organizations are adopting it to improve productivity, reduce cost and complexity, and focus internal resources on their core business” according to a survey report done by Zscaler.
This software has the ability to transform the way businesses interact using a variety of different programs:
These programs are enabled through the Internet and can be accessed at home or in businesses, on a subscription basis.
The Office 365 software has many positive features that ultimately benefit enterprises in a variety of ways.
Office 365 is accessible anytime, anywhere as long as there is an internet connection present, due to the fact it is entirely cloud-based.
It also caters to the needs of the disabled, such as people with vision, speech or hearing problems with easily accessible settings and alternative input devices to further increase the effectiveness of reading and writing among users.
“Making your content accessible ensures it can be used without barriers by people with varying levels of vision, hearing, cognition and mobility.” According to Microsoft.
Office 365 can also be enabled on a variety of devices, at the same time, such as Android, PC, Mac, or iPhone, which can be managed in a simple matter.
Miscommunication in the workplace can often time lead to failure and misguided ideas.
Office 365 is built to avoid these problems with its feature “Office Online,” enabling individuals to work together on different documents, at the same time by storing Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents onto Office 365 Libraries.
Once these documents are stored, people can work on them at the same time, regardless of location.
You can invite people to view or edit a document, with “one click sharing”, allowing you to attach files, configure permissions and organize ideas with ease.
“Collaborate how you want and manage changes in shared documents, whether you’re working offline, online, or simultaneously with others.” Microsoft explains.
This feature is important for businesses because it increases team collaboration while boosting productivity and giving each individual a purpose in the office.
Security Issues Tackled
Business leaders and IT professionals find it hard to put complete trust in programs due to security concerns for their organizations.
Adapting to new software can be a large leap of faith, and Office 365 understood this while creating its program.
“Because security is paramount for business success, Microsoft has robust policies, controls, and systems built into Office 365 to help keep your information safe. Office 365 is designed on the principles of the Security Development Lifecycle, a mandatory Microsoft process that embeds security requirements into every phase of development.”
The Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) is a software process that allows developers to be more secure while building software and following security compliance requirements.
This has been implemented in Office 365 to completely gain the trust of users and to result in an effective security strategy for businesses by targeting three main security issues:
- Secure identity
- Secure infrastructure
- Secure apps and data
This is all done through unique authentication and threat management through Azure identity management security overview.
“Microsoft identity and access management solutions help IT protect access to applications and resources across the corporate datacenter and into the cloud, enabling additional levels of validation such as multi-factor authentication and conditional access policies” according to Microsoft.
All of these tools are implemented through Office 365 and cater to the security issues that businesses are frequently concerned with.
How to Adapt Your Business to Office 365
Now that all of the benefits of Microsoft Office 365 have been revealed, how does a business start integrating this software into its everyday structure?
Most businesses start by upgrading central gateways as well as increasing bandwidth, which is a range of frequencies that are used to transmit individual signals, in order to redirect signal traffic from branch offices to be compatible with remote offices.
According to Forbes.com, businesses must accept that corporate networks will no longer be used with Office 365 and that enterprises will be relying on the internet due to cloud computing.
“Internet-first” strategy is recommended for businesses, creating a better user experience and integrating “Saas” which means Software as a Service.
Adapting to a cloud infrastructure can be a risky move for CIO’s, but it has proven to pay off with the positive benefits listed above.
“Instead, you can use Office 365 as the push your organization needs to step away from legacy architectures and move forward, scaling your business and your IT infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of the business.” According to Forbes.
The Future of Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Office 365 is continuing to grow with new features and updates.
In a blog post released today, Microsoft announced a new software called Microsoft 365 Enterprise, and Microsoft 365 Business, which combines the features of Office 365 and Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
This new design has been created to meet the needs of the growing businesses to enable software that meets a modern workplace.
“With more than 100 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365, and more than 500 million Windows 10 devices in use, Microsoft is in a unique position to help companies empower their employees, unlocking business growth and innovation.” According to Microsoft.
It will be interesting to see the continued updates that Microsoft implements in order to continuously create effective customer engagement.
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Microsoft is continuously adding new software programs to further benefit business functions. This proves that digital transformation is growing rapidly, affecting multiple industries and the way businesses operate. Understanding the latest digital trends will allow business leaders to set their cooperation apart from the rest, and ahead of the competition.
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