Where do we start?
As one of the Managing Partners of Complexus, a leading collaboration and productivity practice based in South Africa, we often receive enquiries from a range of companies (big and small) who have bought Office 365 or who are thinking about migrating to an Office 365 plan. It can often be a purchasing decision with a bewildering number of choices, add-ons and pricing gotchas, but over more recent times the Product Team at Microsoft have done a great job at simplifying things, whilst delivering incremental releases, new features and insights as to what is new and how best to access it. Some easy to understand video based resources I would recommend can be found at the Microsoft Office Video page on U Tube here
Some of the common questions and discussions we pick up on from the Community and client base cover broadly similar problems shared by most people:
- The range of products is overwhelming – where do I start?
- Which subscription is right for my business?
- We have a subscription for email but what should we tackle next?
- We have SharePoint included but struggling to get going with it?
- Adoption is limited beyond Email and Office, how can I change this?
- Will it work with my Mac? Can I see key information on my iPad at home?
- How much will it cost per month / per year?
- Do I have to move all my data and content to the cloud?
If you are reading this and thinking, “yep, thats me, I can relate to that” then you will realise (as do we in the vendor community) you are not alone and help is on hand.
So what is Office 365?
A big misconception is that Office 365 offers feature limited, online only versions of the common Microsoft Office desktop solutions, but that’s not really the case. Office 365 contains a whole host of online products and desktop applications that work together, so whether you are on a laptop, desktop or tablet the functionality is broadly similar and syncing data, files and information from work across devices for mobile and home based scenarios is seamless – and YES – even for Mac users (which I am one) you can now use your laptop / desktop with Office 2016 installed on your Mac as part of your Office 365 subscription (so long as you have OS X El Capitan installed) AND you can sync to Office 365 and SharePoint for example. That is a major positive for your workplace Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, making for happier Windows and Mac users a more universal reality for both home and work scenarios.
From basic Exchange, Outlook and Office products you are familiar with, right through to Project, SharePoint, OneNote, Skype for Business, PBX, Video, Apps and a whole lot more, Office 365 has something for every sized Enterprise be they big or small, a one man band or global business. Not forgetting the range of security features, administration panel, back-up, storage and up time guarantee.
So how can we help make Office 365 simple(r) for you?
Visiting portals and various information sources to start your own business case for Office 365 is a good place to begin but can be time consuming and confusing [ South African Office 365 pricing plan comparisons for Office 365 clients in South Africa can be found here
]. There are also plans for South Africa based Academia, Government and Not-For-Profit Organisations at greatly reduced rates. However, it can still be a big call as to what you think you need and actually need allied to the all important help with process and business change, deployment, training, adoption and ongoing support.
That’s where Complexus excels
We use the complete Office 365 suite at Complexus and we see the monthly updates as Microsoft role our more and more great functionality with minimal fuss. Complexus can also help in the decision making lifecycle and advise on all aspects of Office 365. We essentially want to make things simpler for you, so you can get on and run your core business. Some customers have already started a journey towards server based solutions and upgrades when in reality they could benefit and save money by considering Office 365 and migrating in full or in part to an Office 365 solution.
No matter what your business scenario and use cases are, and no matter where you are in your own Office 365 journey, Complexus offer a FREE Office 365 consultation to assess your needs and can also provide both an Office 365 subscription and deployment / support cost illustration via our Concierge Managed Service, the very same managed service that some of the biggest brands in the country are using to support their own collaboration and productivity needs. Let us take the strain and work with you to simplify and demystify the Office 365 solution set and put you on the right track to success both in the short, medium and long term.
Complexus is Microsoft Gold consultancy operating out of Cape Town & Johannesburg. Complexus has grown to become a trusted SharePoint and Office 365 solutions provider with a reputation for innovation in Enterprise Collaboration, Productivity, Strategy Advisory, Managed Services & SharePoint App development. The Complexus Product and Service portfolio is aimed at organisations seeking to collaborate more effectively and gain a greater return on their investment in the Microsoft SharePoint & Office 365 platforms. Complexus is also member of the prestigious Microsoft Business Critical SharePoint Partner Program and SAP EBM Program. Contact us for a FREE Office 365 consultation & cost illustration today.
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