Here’s why Office 365 is the better solution for your business
You’ve got big plans for business growth. To hit your targets, your team must be able to collaborate seamlessly, organize and store files effortlessly, and handle sensitive data securely. There are several platforms that can assist your organization in reaching these goals, the most popular two being Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite. And while both platforms offer ample functionality, the team at CrucialLogics firmly believes that Microsoft Office 365 is by far the superior product.
Regardless of the size of your organization, Microsoft Office 365 has the tools, security, and support you need. Let’s look at some of the biggest benefits:
Did you know that improved collaboration can make your company 5 times more likely to be high performing? That’s right: Not only does collaboration improve the personal relationships between team members, it also has the ability to produce enhanced business results.
Microsoft Teams provides functionality like group chat, online meetings, calling, and web conferencing, allowing you to easily collaborate. Files can be shared in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. Additionally, teams have the ability to store brainstorming sessions, meeting notes, and conference calls in a threaded conversation, making them super easy to find.
Having everything available at your fingertips, and easily shareable within your team, saves an impressive amount of time. In fact, in a study conducted by Forrester, 88% of respondents reported that Microsoft Teams had helped their company to increase time savings.
Microsoft 365 is backed by more than 3,500 global security experts and $1 billion invested annually in research and development. Microsoft’s security solutions remediate 97% of endpoint attacks detected, conducting 24/7 monitoring utilizing the most up-to-date threat detection methods available on the market today.
In addition to monitoring and analyzing threats, Enhanced Control features allow you to set up tailor-made alerts that track specific activity. For example, these could include multiple failed login attempts, or logins from a new IP address. Further, Discovery functionality allows you to collect data on how your processes are being adopted by team members, flagging any activities that may pose a security risk.
OneDrive for Business provides every Office 365 subscriber with 1 TB of storage. And with the Files on Demand feature, users can view and manage cloud-based storage with File Explorer. If a terabyte isn’t enough, Enterprise plan admins can upgrade users to unlimited storage.
The Office 365 email inbox comes with 50GB of dedicated storage, on top of the 1TB of storage already provided. Plus, Microsoft’s auto-expanding archiving feature in Office 365 provides virtually limitless email storage space.
By way of comparison, Google’s storage starts at only 30GB- and that includes everything- email and otherwise!
Business and Enterprise Options
Microsoft 365 offers many different options to suit organizations of all sizes. The platform really can be tailored to your needs, allowing you to add enhanced security features, or necessary storage to suit the nature of your specific business.
In choosing between a Business or Enterprise license, obviously head count is the main defining factor. That being said, it’s worth considering your goals for growth. If you plan to grow the business substantially in your first year, it’s worth thinking about signing up for Enterprise now.
Given the breadth of customizable features, it’s wise to enlist the help of a Microsoft expert to help your organization decide which plan is right for you. Some companies may find that their needs are covered with an enhanced Business plan, while others will need to upgrade to Enterprise to gain all the functionality they desire.
Enlist the help of the experts
Fundamentally, the choice between Microsoft and Google comes down to one key security principle: Google is a search company.
Take the time to read your End User Licensing Agreement with Google, and you’ll find that your data can and will be used to enhance and contribute to Google’s search practices. On the other hand, Microsoft is a licensing company. They are more interested in making sure you are licensed appropriately, versus harvesting your data for platform improvements.
As a Microsoft Gold Partner, CrucialLogics is your Office 365 expert, here to assist you with deployment, security and advisory services. We understand that your business solutions platform is critical to the success of your company’s daily operations. Having completed more than 100,000 migrations on behalf of our clients, our team is ready to help you design and implement an Office 365 environment tailored to your needs. Reach out to our team today to learn more about how we can help you get the most out of your IT infrastructure.