Why SWC And IT Departments Like Office 365

February 19, 2014   //   Unified Communications, , , , , , , ,

Microsoft Office 365 is a very popular product that we are hearing a lot of buzz about from our customers. This cloud based solution provides users with access to all of the Microsoft Office applications they use every day, on any device, from any location. The solution gives users Office access and functionality from work, home or even on the road using a large selection of smart and mobile devices. Another reason we like Office 365 is that the product offers stability, reliability and scalability. Microsoft prides itself on achieving 99.9% uptime, data center redundancy and scalability of their Office 365 cloud solution.

Perhaps my favorite benefits of switching to Office 365 are around email. Office 365 significantly reduces the hassles of patching, maintenance and/or upgrading complex on premise mail systems, as the responsibility and costs associated with on premise mail systems are shifted to Microsoft. This includes items such as hardware and maintenance, high availability/Disaster Recovery, backup and recovery, storage space and security and compliance. Office 365 users also have 50GB of email storage and new security tools and features such as Exchange online protection, data loss prevention and even journaling.

IT departments also enjoy the ability to add additional services and/or integration of services in the cloud with Office 365, without the costs of on premise hardware, maintenance, backup and support. This is great for products like Microsoft Lync, SharePoint, SkyDrive, Office Web App Integration, etc. There is however an increase in cost per user/license depending on which service offerings you choose, but the cost can be tailored accordingly to each user’s requirements or services.

Finally, Office 365’s new Azure Directory Synchronization tool gives users the ability to synchronize local Active Directory account attributes and passwords. One caveat to this is that Active Directory synchronization will make the cloud accounts “read only” and all changes must take place in the local Active Directory and this will not provide a “Single Sign On (SSO)” experience. An Active Directory Federation Service is required for this functionality.

If you’d like assistance planning your path to Microsoft Office 365, please contact SWC or join us for our next Microsoft Unified Communications event, where we will explore Microsoft Exchange and SWC’s on premise and cloud based email solutions.

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