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Microsoft 365 – the answer to remote working

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Microsoft 365 – the answer to remote working

Topics: Microsoft 365 IT Managed Services

By Calligo on 30 March 2020

In light of recent events, the demand for remote working capabilities has skyrocketed. Businesses are more than ever in need of secure, continuous access to their data – no matter where they’re working. However, not every organization has the technology already in place to be able to guarantee this leading to frustrations and productivity loss.

 

Microsoft 365, formally known as Office 365, helps remove the burden of remote working and the fear of lost productivity as it not only provides the secure access mentioned above, but also provides additional communication and collaboration capabilities that will increase your productivity for the days and weeks ahead, and continue to do so even when office working returns.

 

Top 5 reasons why Microsoft 365 is the answer to remote working

 

Here are our top 5 reasons why Microsoft 365, an industry-leading, secure, cloud-based collaboration platform, will help keep your teams together, improve communication and increase productivity.

1. Accessibility:

If you have access to an internet connection, with Microsoft 365, you can work from any location, at any time, across any device.

2. Improved IT security:

    • Encrypted email: Preventing anyone other than the recipient from reading your emails.

    • Multi-factor authentication: Microsoft 365 is enabled with multi-factor authentication (MFA) – this forces employees to enter password/passphrase, with a secondary method of authentication such as a pin code or push notification.

      However, it is worth pointing out that this multi-factor authentication only secures your Microsoft 365 environment. We recommend businesses set up MFA as standard across every platform and application.
      We have partnered with DUO, one of the most innovative and user-centric multi-factor authentication technology vendors, whose tool can be deployed on any device and application, You can find out more about DUO and our services by clicking here.

    • Advanced threat analytics: This feature scans emails and attachments as they land in inboxes. It looks for malicious links and files to prevent your business suffering from a malware or ransomware attack.

      This is particularly useful at the minute, as we’ve seen a rise of phishing attempts taking advantage of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by disguising malicious attachments and links to look like advice and educational pieces of content.

    • Mobile device management: This enables your IT team to control how Microsoft 365 is used on your employees’ mobile devices, and protect company information by being able to delete your company’s data instantly.

3. Cost Saving:

Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based service. This means you pay an annual or monthly fee per user and have the freedom to add additional services and users, as well as being able to remove them when required, preventing unnecessary spend.

 

4. Microsoft Teams:

Microsoft 365 is not always used to its full potential. Often mistaken for little more than email, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, businesses often overlook its expansive communication and collaboration qualities, which is excellent for keeping teams connected and together, especially when working from home.

Microsoft Teams is a customizable shared workspace that gives your workforce multiple options to communicate (chat, IM, video, voice) either 1 to 1 or in teams, or even collaborate externally. When integrated with OneDrive, it also allows easy sharing of files individually or amongst groups, and allows simultaneous viewing and editing of Office documents.

Its collaboration uses are so strong that we ourselves are taking advantage of this feature more than ever to not only connect with our customers but to connect internally with colleagues, ensuring we stay connected, just as we would in the office.

 

5. More than collaboration:


Microsoft 365 is more than just a collaboration platform. It also brings the ability to make more of your data, organize your teams and bring them together, as well enabling projects to be easier to navigate and more transparent.
microsoft planner Planner – A project management app that integrates seamlessly with Teams, Office and OneDrive.
Yammer Yammer – A secure enterprise-level social media platform to keep your entire organization updated with company messages.
power bi Power BI – Convert your data into valuable insights, visualize your discoveries, and share them across your organization.
Microsoft Form Microsoft Forms – Enables you to quickly create surveys and questionnaires, with data easily exported to Excel or Power Bi.

If you’re interested in adopting Microsoft 365 for your business to help facilitate remote working and greater productivity, Calligo’s team of experts are on hand to help.
 

We’re an accredited Microsoft Gold Partner, meaning we have the ability and experience to handle your unique business requirements, and the expertise to provide high-quality, ongoing maintenance and support.

 

To find out more about our Managed Microsoft 365 services, click here or get in touch directly with our team, here.

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