Is Office 365 a sound investment for SMBs?

Zack Nimtz

Office 365 is Microsoft's cloud productivity suite hosted on its Azure platform. The most commonly stated benefits of migrating to Microsoft's cloud solutions are increased productivity with universal access across devices, better business intelligence and reporting, enterprise-level security, and improved cost control for technology. To many SMBs, the benefits sound too good to be true so, in late 2014, Forrester Research conducted a study on the Total Economic Impact of Office 365.

The study was aimed to provide readers with a cost vs. benefit analysis that evaluates future technology, business flexibility, and associated risk. Forrester looked at five key areas to discern the true value to business. Those areas included Technology, Mobility, Business Intelligence, Control and Compliance, and Enterprise Social.

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Topics: Cloud Services, IT Services, Reduce Costs, Office 365

Three key areas that give SMBs a competitive edge

Zack Nimtz

The way SMBs do business is changing. Technology trends are transforming the business landscape. Cloud adoption is growing at 24 percent per year, and mobile and remote use is skyrocketing. To stay ahead of the competition, small and midsize businesses need to focus on three key areas: cost control, productivity, and customer insights.

Cost control - be lean and stay lean. When it comes to technology investments, you need to make sure you are getting the most value out of the products and services you purchase, and that you are not purchasing more than you need. For that reason, businesses are turning to the cloud as a means to reduce hardware costs, IT maintenance and utility expenses.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Business Consulting/Strategy, Business Process Optimization, Office 365

Cloud computing provides SMBs with better backup solutions

Zack Nimtz

Systems failure can be caused by many reasons, including malicious malware, power outage, human interference, or worse. According to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), forty percent of businesses that experience a hazardous event never reopen - and another twenty-five percent close within two years.

High profile disasters such as Super Storm Sandy, severe Winter weather, and Hurricane Katrina have made recovery and business continuity solutions a priority for many organizations. Successful recovery from an unexpected event requires more than a disaster recovery solution. Getting your applications and systems back to where they were before the event is paramount. Significant financial losses can occur if your RTO (recovery time objective) or RPO (recovery point objective) are not met.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Office 365

Is technology slowing your business down?

Zack Nimtz

The only constant is change, especially when it comes to business. And the pace of change is continually accelerating, whether as a result of major innovations or economical impact.

Technology should not hold your business back from growing. It should help you anticipate, manage and respond quickly to changes. If your current systems and processes do not provide the flexibility necessary to adapt quickly to changing business needs, then it may be time to modernize your infrastructure.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Business Process Optimization, Office 365

Is your technology a business investment, or an expense?

Zack Nimtz

For small and midsize businesses, technology can be the driving difference that propels your company ahead. Modernizing your IT can set you apart from your competitors by providing you with deeper insights into your business, better tools for productivity and collaboration, and streamlined, more efficient processes.

But how do you leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage?

First, you need to determine you business goals - whether growing sales, increasing efficiency, enabling a mobile workforce, or keeping data protected. A whiteboard session can help dig in to your core business processes and highlight organizational goals and challenges to help you prioritize what is most important.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Business Intelligence, Technology Roadmap, Office 365, Whiteboard Session