Tony Chilvers
Industry Expert

Tony Chilvers is a marketing and communications specialist with experience in multiple industries in South Africa and Australia

Tony Chilvers
Industry Expert

Tony Chilvers is a marketing and communications specialist with experience in multiple industries in South Africa and Australia

Microsoft® Office 365™ gives businesses the opportunity to work remotely, increase productivity and get the right information when they need it.

Research commissioned by Intuit shows that 37 per cent of US small businesses are adapted to the cloud, and – by 2020 Intuit predicts – 78 percent will be. And while these figures are based in the US, Aussie businesses are following the trend and increasingly turning to the cloud to find a competitive edge.

And this makes good business sense – housing business process and documents in the cloud can have a number of benefits, including increased security, improved access to files on the road and integration with CRM systems.

For businesses looking for a comprehensive solution when it comes to managing documents, Office 365 is an attractive package offering a number of benefits for Aussie small businesses.

Here are four:

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Right information, real time when connected

For businesses with field agents out on the road, getting connected with staff and having access to the same centralised document database is vital. With everyone (both literally and figuratively) on the same page, Office 365 enables sales teams to make decisions based on the real-time information available (when connected) – avoiding issues in stock being promised to multiple customers and allowing deals to be signed more efficiently.

Collaboration

If you have separate offices, suburbs or states away from each other, getting connected through a central cloud-based network can make significant strides towards seamless business. We know getting face-to-face with colleagues can have significant benefits, and video conferencing through Skype for Business™ online can help facilitate stronger bonds between staff on different premises.

Additionally, allowing teams to work off the same document together using cloud services can reduce or eliminate the need for passing documents back and forth and rectifying different versions.

Scalability

Home office or small setups that don’t require a dedicated IT manager can rely on the simplicity and ease of managing the business needs through Office 365. With integrated calendars and secure access to shared information online, staying nimble has never been easier.

For growing businesses, Office 365 also provides a platform to accommodate for future IT requirements. Catering for up to 300 users, businesses only add new user fees as and when needed, making it a solution that grows as you do. It also works across PCs and Macs and compatible smartphones and tablets, so there’s no need to change your office set up.

Security

Telstra’s Cyber Security Report 2014 showed that 50 per cent of organisations surveyed said they start thinking about security in the early phases of new IT products, and 41 per cent had experienced a major cyber security incident in the past three years.

Office 365 provides security features including protection against malware, spam and phishing. And with automated backups, you and your team are in sync and your data is securely stored

Overall, Office 365 is a flexible and familiar solution that can help remove the IT headache from the day-to-day and allow businesses to focus on what they do best – getting the job done. It’s proof that IT infrastructure doesn’t need to be a jargon-filled, technical process.  

Make the most of your time with Microsoft Office 365.

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