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Office 365 for Business: Choose the Plan That’s Right for You

If your business already uses the Microsoft Office Suite of applications, you may be considering an upgrade to Office 365. With all the handy features, you will be able to access through an upgraded business plan, your productivity and collaboration are sure to undergo a remarkable transformation.

You likely already rely their apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and OneNote – but did you know that an upgraded plan will give you access to more online file storage, business email, online meetings, and Skype for Business as well as advanced security, analytics, and voice tools? Read on to find out more!

Some clear advantages of Office 365 for Business

One of the biggest advantages of Office 365 for Business (and this isn’t news to anyone) is that it is highly cost-effective and scalable to your needs. Smaller businesses can pay a license fee per user, while enterprise level companies can take advantage of an unlimited number of users and enhanced features like SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, and much more besides.

Whether you have an unlimited plan or a per-user plan, you can count on a predictable spend on a monthly or yearly basis, and you will always have the ability to upgrade to the plan you need immediately if you find yourself facing scalable growth.

Next-generation security features

With Office 365 for business, network and data security is no longer an afterthought. With links to SharePoint and Exchange, the Office 365 Security and Compliance Centre allows you to manage your compliance protocols centrally across your entire organisation, ensuring that your security policies are enforced, no matter how large your workforce may be. Microsoft automatically pushes out security updates on a regular basis, so your IT team is free to focus on other things.

Spam and content filters can be customised to suit your needs, reinforcing your existing protocols and keeping your network safe from malicious attack. Some of the other security features include:

  • Advanced threat management
  • Mobile device management
  • Data loss prevention
  • Advanced data governance
  • Search and investigation
  • Archiving
  • eDiscovery search and export
  • Access to the Office 365 security and compliance centre (specifically for enterprise management needs)

Free or dramatic reductions for non-profits and education

If your company is a non-profit or a learning institution of any kind, Microsoft offers excellent incentives that allow you to take advantage of greatly reduced costs, and in some cases, you may be able to access most every Office 365 service absolutely free.

The free plan is full-featured, and available to schools for their entire faculty and staff, but it does not include desktop versions of their applications. For a much-reduced rate (compared to standard business licenses), schools can upgrade to include desktop versions of the apps for all stakeholders.

Non-profits benefit greatly as well, with donation-based pricing available for up to 300 users on an online plan, and extremely low per-user rates for full-featured plans – essentially, for around the price of a small business plan, you can access all of Office 365’s advanced features – a savings of about 70% over an enterprise plan.

Managed Migrations by Allteks

Allteks is a specialist in SME IT operations and can manage your migration to Office 365 for Business seamlessly, eliminating downtime and maximising your investment with solutions that support the way you work.

If your business operates in London, Kent, or anywhere in the UK, and if you are considering migrating to Office 365 for business, call Allteks today. Our technicians are Microsoft Certified, and exceedingly well-versed in the ins and outs of Office 365. If you would like to learn more, or are ready to set up a no-obligation demonstration and consultation, we’d love to help. Call today, and let’s get started!

 

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