In today’s blog, we explore how Office 365 is driving digital transformation for organizations worldwide.
Microsoft delivered the first true, comprehensive business productivity solution with Microsoft Office back in 1990. With the huge lead and penetration, they’ve created in the market, the company has continued to innovate to provide new and better ways for workers to communicate, collaborate, and execute. With its current iteration of Office 365, Microsoft gives more control to users, and major advantages to organizations so they can better use data and connect individuals to play a more strategic role in the operations of their teams, ultimately driving overall digital transformation.
Within the Office 365 suite are a variety of connected tools that give users a new way of working – video conferencing, file collaboration, social media integration, analytics and insights; these and other resources put users at the center of their own working world so they can be productive and collaborative. By using the cloud and relying on user-friendly Microsoft technology to support the changing needs of today’s workforce, Office 365 offers advantages for businesses in how people get things done efficiently and securely.
Thought leaders have talked for decades about the convergence of technology solutions with business needs. A variety of forces have been especially important in driving a new wave of emphasis of this intersection; cloud, mobility, and an extensible platform with APIs for application integration and connectivity, all of which are critical pieces of Office 365. By offering the comprehensive set of solutions in the cloud, Microsoft is able to deliver Office 365 as an integrated platform based on user functionality. This is an important distinction from other productivity tools which typically operate as a set of applications that, while usable through a single account, typically don’t integrate functionality into a seamless experience. Additionally, by enabling a unified and consistent user experience across desktops, tablets, and phones, Office 365 users are able to be productive wherever they work. Digital transformation has been top of mind for a long time and continues to be a primary factor in enabling long-term growth and sustaining a competitive advantage in an ever-changing market. Below, we dive into five reasons that Office 365 is the best solution for enabling enterprises to work, collaborate and grow.
1) Stakeholder collaboration
Easy collaboration and support of multiple device types are critical in today’s business environments. Every aspect of Office 365 is about sharing and collaborating, and every piece contributes to a more unified, informed, and connected group of users. Underlying services include SharePoint and OneDrive which support Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other tools. But the ability to share updates, request input, and track changes across different user domains on any device means there is a fluid, inclusive nature to how works gets done.
2) Connected platform
The ease of sharing among users is clearly one major advantage of Office 365, and because of the agile nature of the cloud, it uses an API framework for rapidly building connectivity among and between apps. Traditionally, this level of collaboration has required deployment and administration of multiple applications, all of which require integration plans and their own layer of security.
3) Scalable and cost-effective
Any organization can use Office 365 and grow with it as their needs change. For one thing, Microsoft makes adoption and management easy with a pay-as-you-go model that works for organizations of any size. Because it’s in the cloud and comes with APIs to connect with other applications, it can be adopted and customized to fit the infrastructure and business needs of any organization.
4) Comprehensive accessibility
Office 365 is designed to complement and support the efforts of today’s workforce, which now relies on accessibility beyond the corporate walls in order to get the job done. Office applications like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, and others run on smartphones and devices; users can actually make inline changes and edits and collaborate real-time with other users. Skype and Outlook Groups are tools that give users the ability to connect, discuss, and create actionable changes to their work. This gives users near-universal accessibility to contribute irrespective of geographic location or device.
5) Customizable platform
Because it’s such a key driver of productivity, Office 365 is built to be broadly used across different applications. Organizations can create custom solutions that use data and functionality from Office 365 for their own specific needs. An API that is specifically designed to share data, email, calendaring information, contacts, files, and folders gives application developers the opportunity to connect data through apps using .NET, PHP, Java, Python, or Ruby on Rails, or for specific device platforms.
One of the key features of the API is the access to reporting services that provide critical data to organizations about how data is being used and insights into user behavior. This information can be used to build smarter solutions that provide monitoring, analysis, and data visualizations
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