Wednesday, January 10, 2018

If You're Not Using Office 365....Why???


If you aren’t already using managed Office 365, you need to start doing so today. Most businesses have either already moved to Office 365 or are considering the move. Microsoft says 125 million people will adopt Office 365 over the next three to five years. As of today only 40 million of those people have already moved, which means there are over 85 million people still waiting to get Office 365. Are you one of those 85 million? The reality is that if they don’t get it'll just fall farther behind your competitors who already have. 

It’s important to understand that a workforce that can work from anywhere on any device is much happier and far more productive. Microsoft sees this and recognizes that the cloud is changing everything, it is now all about mobility and they know Office 365 is without a doubt the single biggest tool that will drive that paradigm shift. Office 365 can offer the following:

  • SaaS Applications
  • Mobility and Remote Accessibility
  • Data Sharing and Security
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Endpoint Devices and Control Policies

Office 365 allows users to access it via the web, and pay for it on a monthly subscription instead of upfront. Users can also access it remotely on all their devices whether it’s a PC or Mac, on any device including desktop, laptop, tablet or with their smartphone. 

You can install Office 365 on up to five devices, each license enables five user devices and allows you to use them online or offline. It includes the latests version of all the office applications you’re familiar with like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more. But what good does that do you if you can’t get to your documents? With Office 365 your documents are all saved to the cloud by default so they are automatically backed up, meaning you now have a drive in the cloud called OneDrive for Business. This is where all the documents you are managing and working on reside, you can also share those documents with others. When your documents are saved to the cloud you can also sync these files to your laptop or mobile devices, that way you can still access and work on them when you’re offline. These documents will automatically resync back to the cloud when you get your connection back. This means you’ll always have the latest version of your documents available to you. All the files that you store in OneDrive for Business are private and only those who you decide to give permission to can access them.

Office 365 also enables communication. You can meet with your colleagues or customers whenever and wherever because Skype for business is an integrated part of Office 365. Now you can see your people's presence, which means you can right-click on their names to start an instant messaging session, and from that instant messaging session with a single click you can start a voice or HD video call, and you can also turn it into a conference call. All of this can be done without you ever having to leave that instant message window.

So why is Microsoft pushing everyone to Office 365? Because it is about mobility, collaboration, communication, and most importantly about staying connected.           


Q: When you combine Office 365 with the support that Navisite provides as well as the email security that Navisite offers, plus all of the subsidiary products and services, you really have a powerful combination that isn’t available anywhere else. Talk for just a second about why doing this through Navisite is so important. 

A: Office 365 is the tool that is going to lead everybody into the new connected world. The tricky part is that it’s not a plug-and-play scenario, you really need to either have an IT staff that is really good about managing Office 365 or you have to have partner who specializes in managing it. Navisite isn't that specialist on your team from an Office 365 perspective. Most Office 365 implementations fail when businesses try to install it on their own. Navisite offers a real-time proactive monitoring platform, this means that if anything happens to the network we will see it and fix it before you even know there is a problem. Navisite also offers a business continuity package that comes along with it, so if for some reason it does go down and they can’t fix it immediately they can restore all of your email in a matter of seconds, this helps prevent the loss of productivity while they try to figure out how to get your email back. They are also the only ones who have a very powerful SLA for support.

Q: How many seats have to be bought? In other words can you bring on single user or is there a minimum number of users that are required? How can businesses bring in new users as well as existing Office 365 users to navigate hosted management of that service? 

A: There is a 15 user minimum that Navisite requires, most of the very low SMB opportunities aren’t ones that will fit in their world. If you a license you bought directly from Microsoft they can certainly managed it for you, but they will not take over that license. Navisite will charge you a management fee, once your current term expires for your license with Microsoft you can then move that to Navisite, they'll then take a license and place the management on top of it, after that they will lower the cost of the management. The licenses are essentially the same cost, you can buy them from Microsoft themselves unmanaged, Navisite's management fee is about a dollar and a half above that, so you are going to pay a dollar and a half more per license to have Navisite management sit on top of the Microsoft product. If you want to keep your own licenses and have Navisite just manage your licenses it’s about four dollars or so per seat. When you bring your license over to Navisite they'll lower that four dollars a seat to their normal dollar and a half. 

Q: Can you talk just a little bit more about what Navisite offers those users who come on board?

A: The management package for Office 365 includes provisioning the email, 24/7 support, business continuity, and real-time proactive health monitoring in hybrid connectivity.  Additionally,  Navisite is a best in class cloud expert so once they've proven themselves and built some trust, you can start talking to them about your cloud strategy in general.

Q: Are there any potential users that would be considered protected accounts that might not be eligible to come over to Office 365 through Navisite? 

A: Yes, for example accounts that are already Navisite accounts are not eligible. Navisite will usually sell Office 365 to those who have between fifty and a thousand users. Anything below fifty doesn’t need a management package as robust as what they offer, and anybody above a thousand users generally has their own IT staff that is sophisticated enough to manage Office 365, plus they’re also getting volume pricing from Microsoft. The good news is that the majority of companies fit into the fifty to one thousand users category, which means they can come over to Navisite.

Q: Where can you find out more? 

A: You can learn more about your options for Office 365 and managed hosting for it by simply asking at the link's as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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