Although most business
owners don’t fully understand cloud
computing yet, it intrigues most due to the
recent press it’s received.
Let’s face it, cloud computing
technologies are sexy!
Small and large firms everywhere hope
to achieve what cloud computing promises; a
more predictable and streamlined method of
everyday workflow and cash flow processes so
firms can reduce their Total Cost of
Ownership to technology.
Cloud computing can be foggy:
There are many different
iterations of cloud computing.
I’ve seen the term “cloud computing”
blurred by companies touting variations of
these services, which generally leads to
I won’t go into detail about the
other types of cloud technologies.
Instead, I will focus on a bundle of
Microsoft products and services that I
believe will soon become the standard for
most firms, within the next two years.
So who is this new technology darling
we will all get to know so well over the
next couple years, you ask?
Welcome Microsoft Office365!
What is Office365:
Office365 is a suite of
Microsoft’s best of breed technologies that
will connect and enable advanced features of
the programs you already use, know, and
trust, like Microsoft Word, Outlook, and
Excel (the Microsoft Office Suite).
Specifically, the enterprise class
communication and collaboration services
Enterprise class email and mobile services
SharePoint 2010 :
Secure internal webpage file sharing and
editing over a web browser
Lync 2010: Instant
messaging, presence, and online meeting
experiences with PC-audio, video
conferencing and screen sharing
Professional Plus (software for your
desktop): Office365 includes a pricing
package that gives you licensing rights to
the current and future releases of Microsoft
Office software, per user.
Why is this important?
The more standardized your software
is, the cheaper it will be to maintain over
Office Web Apps:
Web based versions of Word, Excel,
and PowerPoint available in your favorite
Server: Robust Blackberry handheld
experience and corporate compliance
Office365 is a rebranded 2nd
version of Microsoft’s cloud current cloud
computing package called
BPOS (ie: Business Productivity Online
Complement your existing software…not
Office365 gives your
business the flexibility to continue using
the programs from your local pc and internal
It’s a comprehensive solution with a
high level of flexibility and scalability to
be used with your existing technology setup.
This type of rich feature flexibility
has not been matched by comparable solutions
on the market.
Currently, Office365 is
due to be released within the next 7 months,
although an exact launch date has not yet
been released by Microsoft.
Utility model/pay as you go:
Office365 services offer a
pay as you go model.
Much like you pay your electricity
bill, Office365 offers you the benefits of
paying monthly for enterprise class
technologies that are maintained by
Microsoft in Microsoft data centers.
The upfront fees for software and
hardware are substantially reduced, and when
new software versions are released, the
licensing is free, as long as you maintain
This also helps to stabilize your
technology budget by paying a monthly flat
This will help to reduce the “pops
and drops” of IT expenditures and
You can also reduce or increase the
number of users to the Office365 plan and/or
reduce or increase the quantity of monthly
licenses which will save your company on
software licensing inefficiencies that may
occur if the software was purchased
Ahhh, the benefits of flexibility!
How much does Office365 Cost:
Pricing starts at
$2/user/month, and ranges to $27/user/month,
although most businesses will probably pay
somewhere in the middle of those prices, per
Pricing will be available for
businesses with as few as 5 users, and will
vary based on the needed features.
Pricing can also be mixed and
matched, so depending on the level of
functionality each user needs, there’s a
price point available.
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Setting Firm Expectations:
While greater efficiency with cloud
computing may be possible, leveraging cloud
services isn’t always a magical fix for
every computer challenge you have ever
It’s important for your firm to
assess the full business value of this
offering when determining whether Office365
is right for you.
If you’re interested in
learning more about Microsoft cloud
services, and how your business can benefit
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