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Microsoft Office 365 makes SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, OneDrive, and traditional Office apps available on a per user per month basis, consumed from the cloud. Not only do users get the latest capabilities, but they get them on up to five devices each, including iPads and other work/home machines. Office 365 also includes Skype For Business. Lync/Skype4Bus is Gartner’s Magic Quadrant leader for Unified Communications, and the world’s fastest growing voice system.
There are many reasons to consider moving to the cloud. Many senior business executives read a lot about the cloud and think they need to jump in. Most CFO’s think it’ll be less expensive than running systems in-house. Growing numbers of CIOs have visions of zero data center footprint. No matter what the motivation, the following facts are indisputable:
- Users will get the latest features. Applications are periodically updated automatically. Microsoft is innovating and making updates available in the “Cloud First, Mobile First.”
- Users will have access to online files from anywhere, on multiple devices.
- CFOs will have a predictable, consistent cost of ownership. The spikes of CapEx and labor charges due to server upgrades and migrations will even out.
- Storage and infrastructure sprawl will slow, and the data center footprint will shrink.
- Businesses users will be able to start using new applications quickly, as opposed to piloting, deploying, testing, and documenting on-premises systems.
In many cases, Office 365 saves a company money, although there are a few cases where operationalizing costs may not make sense.