Microsoft has been putting considerable resources into promoting Office 365 is the complete, low-cost cloud solution for businesses of all sizes for years. It makes sense – Office 365 includes, what many consider, to be the complete package in cloud services for business productivity tools. Things such as hosted email, file storage, web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and so on are all available online for businesses to access at the drop of a hat.
Unfortunately, Office 365 requires considerable time to understand the many features, options, and custom settings available. Without a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of those features, your company is not maximizing its productivity. Additionally, Office 365 offers different packages that provide different levels of resources and tools for business use. Knowing which package is the right one for your business matters, and that’s why having a trusted and experienced IT partner to consult and provide support is so important.
Common Challenges with Office 365
There are plenty of benefits to implementing Office 365 throughout your organization, which we’ll get to, but first, it’s important to understand the many challenges end-users combat when trying to get the most out of the service.
- Search functionality is limited and the degree and depth in which users are able to conduct advanced searches are based on the tiered package purchased
- Training directly from Microsoft is difficult to come by and generally expensive, time-consuming, and confusing
Main Benefits of Office 365
Office 365 allows businesses to utilize workplace productivity tools from any internet connected device via the web browser or apps. That type of availability means employees are able to access and share the files they need when they need them, conduct video and voice calls with Skype for Business, work with the business applications they know, as well as full access to email and calendars – this is especially important for mobile workforce operations.
But, those aren’t the only highlights to a great workplace solution. Additional benefits include:
- Security and uptime commitment
- Work from anywhere at anytime
- Incredibly user-friendly interface and controls
- Predictable monthly cost
- In-house system issues won’t impact availability or access to Office 365
Office 365 Is a Great Solution, Be Sure to Get Great Support
After reviewing the benefits and challenges of incorporating Office 365 within your business environment, it’s easy to see why it’s become such a common workforce productivity solution. Of course, understanding the challenges means having to figure out ways to overcome them in order to get the most out of it.
With so many advanced features within Office 365, and the additional features being added or updated on a regular basis, it’s become all too easy to not get as much out of it as your organization could – and should. JMARK has certified Microsoft experts on staff that can make the transition to Office 365 straightforward and seamless, while also providing unlimited support, improved business efficiency, and properly installing and configuring Office 365 the first time.