Office 365 isn’t just a new version of Microsoft’s popular productivity software – it’s a radical evolutionary step in business computing.
Cloud computing is an IT industry term that almost everyone has heard by now. But in our discussions with small and midsized business owners, we’ve found that many people still aren’t sure exactly what the cloud is, or the many ways it can help them run their business better.
In the simplest terms, cloud computing is storing company data in remote data centers that are managed by large technology companies like Google and Microsoft, as opposed to onsite on your own servers and PCs. There are several important ways this can benefit your business.
INCTech is a veteran of the cloud computing industry that builds and deploys customized cloud solutions for small and midsized businesses in Los Angeles, California and Traverse City, Michigan.
Here’s why companies love our cloud services.
We Help You Maximize the Value of Your Data
Cloud computing solutions from INCTech break down “data silos,” pools of data that are disconnected from other users and applications. Data that’s trapped in these silos can’t go where your business needs it to go, limiting its business value and decreasing worker productivity.
By allowing information to flow between individuals, teams, and applications, you can realize an immediate improvement in the efficiency of many key business processes.
- Gather insight from data analytics and improve business reporting
- Integrate line of business applications for improved efficiency
90% of business leaders who have adopted cloud computing say that it improves business processes.
The Cloud Leads to Increased Collaboration
After we securely migrate your data to the cloud, your staff will be able to share and analyze information faster, which enables them to make smarter and more agile business decisions. The cloud can also play a decisive role in ensuring the success of mobility and work at home arrangements, ensuring that your remote staff are working efficiently toward the same goals.
According to research from Spiceworks, 43% of IT decision makers say accessing data from anywhere is a key reason for adopting cloud technology, the highest percentage of any reason.
Cloud Solutions Scale to Meet Any Need
In a non-cloud world, adding new IT capabilities meant purchasing hardware and applications. But many of today’s greatest business applications can be delivered over the Internet through a standard web browser. This software model — called “software-as-a-service” — lets your business add or remove users and applications as you need them, without purchasing expensive software licenses.
The INCTech team has experience with all today’s most important SaaS applications. We can help you choose the right ones for your business, integrate them into your existing network, and customize them to help you achieve any business goal.
Microsoft Office 365 – the World’s Most Popular Cloud Application
The Microsoft Office 365 suite, which now has over 100 million users globally, is the world’s best-known, most successful productivity software. What makes Office 365 so successful isn’t just that it offers new versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but that it’s been completely rebuilt for the era of cloud productivity.
The INCTech team can help you integrate Office 365 into your existing business workflows, helping you, increase collaboration, productivity, and business efficiency.
Microsoft Word 365
The latest version of Word offers new features that make creating, editing, and sharing documents easier. This includes a set of tools that allow real-time document collaboration with integrated chat functionality, so your team can discuss revisions as they make them. It also features improved language translation and text-to-speech capabilities for easy proof-reading.
Microsoft Excel 365
Excel 365 offers a range of new data visualization options, located under the “Insights” menu, which provide improved business reporting capabilities. Other new features include the ability to move data directly from Excel into PowerBI, Microsoft’s business intelligence tool, making analysis of company data straightforward and convenient.
Microsoft Outlook 365
The latest version of Outlook now integrates easily with a variety of other business software, like Evernote, Slack, PayPal, and others, allowing users to work with greater efficiency. The new Outlook also features strong integration with LinkedIn, which gives your staff the ability to quickly connect with people outside your organization.
INCTech Helps You Maximize the Benefits of SharePoint and OneDrive
The act of sharing data is so central to modern productivity that Microsoft has developed two separate applications dedicated to making that process easier, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft OneDrive.
OneDrive – File Sharing for Small Teams and Individuals
The easiest way to get started with cloud file sharing is with Microsoft OneDrive. For a very low cost (a basic tier is included for free with an Office 365 subscription), your team can begin to reduce inefficient email exchanges and eliminate the many issues related to sending email attachments.
- Access files from any device – even offline
- Back-up important work files to Microsoft’s secure cloud
- Included with Microsoft Office 365
SharePoint – Powerful Enterprise Data Sharing for SMBs
Businesses that want to make a deeper commitment to cloud computing will likely choose SharePoint, a comprehensive platform that enables businesses to make entire libraries of information accessible from a single location.
Unlike OneDrive data, the information in a SharePoint folder doesn’t belong to any one user. That means you can configure permissions with a higher degree of precision, allowing data to flow in and out of line-of-business applications, analytics platforms, and customer relations management (CRM) software freely.
The Power of a Custom Intranet
SharePoint can do much more than just document storage and management too, like help you create a beautiful company Intranet, which are private websites built just for your staff. A high-quality Intranet from the experts at INCTech helps you improve internal communication, centralize knowledge, and drive employee engagement.
INCTech Helps Businesses Maximize the Benefit of the Cloud Computing
There are many ways that cloud computing and Office 365 can help your business achieve more with less effort. The INCTech team has an exhaustive process for helping companies make the most of Office 365, which includes sitting down with your decision makers, analyzing your existing network, and helping you move services to the cloud with precision and efficiency.
If you’re a business in Southern California or Northern Michigan who needs expert assistance with any aspect of your cloud migration, our team would love to connect and explain what makes INCTech the ideal cloud partner. Call us any time at 800.333.2989 to speak with our cloud computing team.