Every month, 50,000 small and medium sized businesses switch to Microsoft 365. It can, however, be a daunting process for businesses and organizations to migrate to Microsoft 365. In making the decision, many questions arise, such as; how secure is Microsoft 365? Can I trust the security of my email archives? What are the licensing options? What kind of disruption can be expected? How long will it take? What services does Microsoft 365 offer? And so on…
It’s not surprising that IT managers have lots of questions when migrating IT. With Microsoft 365, the technology is mature and proven, and the benefits are easy to measure. When SMBs engage with a Microsoft 365 migration partner who has solid experience, the case for migrating to Microsoft 365 becomes pretty compelling. Features and benefits include; anywhere access, collaboration, security, flexibility, reliability, and cost savings.
There are more than 60 million commercial entities using Microsoft 365 across the globe, and 50,000 SMBs are switching to 365 every month. As Microsoft 365 has become such an obvious choice, it is hard for companies to justify not migrating to it. The reason? In a nutshell, it offers so many benefits at such a low cost.
We regularly guide clients through the migration process, making sure the move to Microsoft 365 goes smoothly. Here are some of the reasons you might want to switch to Microsoft 365, regardless of your company’s size.
Pay for What you Use
With Microsoft 365, you only pay for what you use. A move to 365 might tick the box if budgeting or cost control are important considerations. There are a wide range of Microsoft 365 plans to choose from, ranging from $6 to $22 per user per month*. The most commonly purchased plan costs $12.50 per user per month. Therefore, if your company has 100 users, the monthly cost would be $1250. Additional users can also be added easily. If you hired 10 additional staff members one month, the cost would be $1375.
Microsoft 365 also offers this flexibility in both directions. As soon as the contract for a temporary employee ends, you cease paying for their Microsoft 365 subscriptions.
Microsoft 365 is highly customisable and flexible, allowing you to mix and match plans across your business. You can give senior staff members full access to administration capabilities while limiting access for the rest of your staff. You are in control, that’s the key. At any time, you can change who has what capabilities.
Access Your Email, Files and Data from Anywhere
Being able to work anywhere is fast becoming the norm in today’s 24/7 connected world. With 365, you can access your files, emails, and data from tablets, phones, and computers.
Sign into Microsoft 365 online and access your files, data, and emails from your team site or OneDrive. In Microsoft Online, you can then click on the name of an Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote or PDF document, which will open in your browser. In order to do this, you will need a reliable internet connection or access to Wi-Fi.
Collaboration is Key
By using apps like Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, 365 allows seamless, collaborative working when your employees are spread across multiple locations or work remotely. A group chat facility with attachments, notes, and integrated meetings is available in Microsoft Teams. Teams is often a better alternative to collaborative working tools such as Slack or Trello for those who already use such tools. By using 365, you can connect your business’s offices in different counties as if they were all in one central location.
Microsoft 365 makes it easy to license other products and services. With 365, you can easily add more powerful apps such as Visio, Project, or Power BI. Find the right mix of apps for your business by mixing and matching.
Powerful Data Analytics
It can be difficult to access your business data if it is scattered across multiple locations and sources. Microsoft 365’s Power BI lets you connect to multiple data sources and keep them up-to-date in real time. At the touch of a button, you can publish your bespoke data model, dashboards, and reports to a secure web server and share them with others. Mobile devices allow you to stay on top of your business and what’s happening everywhere. Whether you’re at the airport, in a conference, or at a café, you always have access to your most important data. Our consultants can help you get the most out of Power BI by providing guidance, support, and advice.
As cloud computing becomes more complex, Microsoft recognizes that it is not a question of if, but when things will go wrong. Their cloud services are designed with maximum reliability and minimal negative effects on customers in the event of a problem. Rather than relying on complex physical infrastructure, they have built redundancy directly into their cloud services. Data resiliency and high availability are delivered to customers through a combination of less complex physical infrastructure and more intelligent software.
Migration Made Easy
Don’t miss out on the benefits that Microsoft 365 can bring to your business! With its cost savings, flexibility, and collaboration features, Microsoft 365 is the obvious choice for companies looking to improve their IT systems. It is time to take control of your IT budget, access your files and data from anywhere and collaborate seamlessly with your remote employees. Contact Grapevine MSP today to learn more about the process and how it can benefit your business. Don’t wait any longer, make the switch to Microsoft 365 today!
*Licence prices are correct at the time of publishing.