Cloud based services have grown substantially over the past number of years. In our experience, small & medium businesses are best served by critically evaluating the benefits of specific cloud based services against traditional on-premise services.
Every business is different – what works for one business does not automatically follow that it will work for another. At Image IT we will discuss your current setup, get to know how you work, and understand what you are looking to achieve.
As a Microsoft Partner Image IT will evaluate Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud base service offering and make recommendations for your business.
Exchange Online is Microsoft’s cloud-based business Email System which provides small & medium businesses with an enterprise class email system at a fraction of the cost to installing Exchange onsite. Office 365 allows clients use “shared calendaring” and all mails automatically sync across multiple business devices- iphone/ ipad, laptop etc. It can also act as a backup and provides an email anti-spam service.
Image IT strongly recommend clients setup 2 factor authentication on all Microsoft 365 Online services. 2 factor authentication provides an additional level of security that protects company emails, files, and computer networks.
Microsoft Web Apps give clients access to Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc via the internet without having to install on a computer. As part of a yearly subscription, clients also have the option of downloading and installing the latest version of Microsoft Office on business computers.
Before deciding on how best to license and use Microsoft products, it is advisable to discuss your current setup with us before determining the most appropriate service.
OneDrive & Sharepoint is Microsoft’s online file sharing and collaboration service, which can be a very cost effective solution for SMEs. However, depending on your business application, user requirements, a dedicated network based server may be more beneficial.
In our experience, a hybrid approach to file sharing and collaborate is best suited to SMEs.
Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s public online computing platform.
When deployed correctly and in specific situations, Microsoft Azure can provide small & medium businesses with several benefits. It is particularly relevant where a business does not require a server but wants the benefits of server authentication to secure and manage users, antivirus etc.
Microsoft Teams is a chat based portal that allows small & medium businesses collaborate across sites and multiple locations.
Talk to Image IT today and determine if Microsoft Azure and / or Teams would benefit your business.