If you’re researching Office 365 for your organization and wondering whether the E5 suite is worth considering, it can apparently be a bit difficult to understand the differences between the E5 suite and other Office 365 plans like ProPlus, E1 and E3. As such, we’ve decided to drill down into the additional features available only in the E5 suite.
For context, here is a breakdown of what is offered in the various Office 365 enterprise versions:
All versions offer the familiar solutions known to countless organizations like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. Now we’ll share a detailed overview of the features only available to Office 365 E5 customers.
Power BI is a data analytics and visualization tool that simplifies the process of cleaning data and presenting visualizations in dashboards and cards. It supports natural language querying of data, which is a fancy way of saying you can search your data at the top of the Power BI desktop service. Power BI serves as a clean end-to-end analytics solution, easily helping users create visualizations from Excel spreadsheets, as well as from a number of different data sources.
Create data visualizations from sources like:
- Adobe Analytics
- Google Analytics
- Azure Search
- Azure Security Center
- and many more
So no matter whether you’re trying to track analytics around marketing performance, sales performance, organizational security, or something else, Power BI is built with the flexibility to work with your tools. Content packs are a nice way to reduce integration complexity, and Microsoft is adding new content packs every week to help users quickly begin building analyses from their favorite applications.
Imagine if you could monitor internal organizational performance the way that you monitor external key performance indicators (KPIs). That’s the promise of Delve Analytics. Delve allows you to review a personal dashboard to understand what activities you spend the most time doing. You can set goals for how you would like to allocate this time so you can track progress toward your goals. It will also help you understand who you interact with the most, how quickly you read and respond to their emails, and displays the people with whom you might want to catch up most frequently in the Network section.
Ever feel like your robust meeting schedule is impacting your ability to actually get work done? Now you can actually quantify this
frustration less-than-ideal scheduling. The Focus section of Delve help you visualize how often you actually get two hours in-between meetings to focus and work.
Delve even offers insights into the overall effectiveness of your meetings. While it sounds rather difficult for a digital solution to weigh in on this topic, the way Delve is going about it actually pretty smart. It takes factors like managerial title redundancy, number of attendees, and even multitasking to give analysis of whether the meetings you attend are actually effective. These insights can help you decide whether to cancel, shorten or lighten the recurrence of certain meetings.
Office 365 E5 was designed to meet industry and regulatory requirements like HIPAA, FISMA, ISO/IEC 27001 and many others. For users especially focused on establishing HIPAA compliance, Office 365 (and Dynamics CRM Online) help users stay compliant with HIPAA and the HITECH Act by offering a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA). To explain further, a healthcare organization which needs to store electronic protected health information (ePHI) must implement mandatory physical, technical and administrative safeguards to protect ePHI. If this organization decides to use a service like Microsoft Office 365 E5 or Dynamics CRM Online, these chosen services must also adhere to similar security and privacy standards. This agreement by the service provider to adhere to outlined privacy safeguards is established in the written agreement with Microsoft known as the BAA. Customers who have an online service agreement with Microsoft do not need to sign up or take any action to sign a HIPAA BAA since the BAA is already offered to all relevant customers in the Online Services Terms.
If you’d rather have an expert explain Microsoft HIPAA compliance to you rather than read the fine print, we don’t blame you. You can reach a Microsoft expert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSTN Conferencing into Skype for Business Meetings
Skype for Business is also available in the Office 365 E3 suite, but the E5 suite extends the use of unified communications solutions to enable PSTN conferencing abilities for dialing into Skype meetings from anywhere. Additionally, E5 allows cloud-based call management with options to add PSTN calling.
For more information about Skype for Business PSTN calling capabilities, check out these blogs:
Advanced Threat Protection
Concerned about malware and phishing? Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) helps to secure your company’s mailboxes against (you guessed it) advanced threats. ATP has the ability to send suspicious attachments to a detonation chamber sandbox where they can be securely assessed and trashed if they’re unsafe or cleaned up if they are safe enough to send on to the intended recipient. There are also three antivirus engines in ATP combined with multiple filters to help keep recipients from receiving malicious links and attachments.
To protect against unsafe attachments, ATP also includes Safe Attachments which can prevent malicious attachments from impacting your messaging environment even if their signatures are not known. All suspicious content will go through a real-time behavioral malware analysis that uses machine learning (ML) to assess the content for suspicious activity. Attachments which appear to be suspicious are detonated in the detonation chamber sandbox environment to test them for safety before sending them to recipients, for an added layer of security.
You can add Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection to the following Exchange and Office 365 subscription plans: Exchange Online Plan 1, Exchange Online Plan 2, Exchange Online Kiosk, Exchange Online Protection, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E2, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E4, Office 365 Enterprise K1, Office 365 Enterprise K2, Office 365 Education, and it is already included in Office 365 E5.
While Advanced eDiscovery maybe isn’t the sexiest star of the E5 line-up, it is definitely a strong character actor in the mix. Advanced eDiscovery is a module which lives in the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, and it helps you analyze unstructured data within Office 365. It also helps you perform more efficient document review and decide to reduce the amount of data for ediscovery. It allows you to work with data stored in Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Skype for Business. You can select groups, individual mailboxes and sites, and analyze them with eDiscovery. We pulled the below screenshots from this video, which does a great job explaining Advanced eDiscovery if you want to check it out.
eDiscovery speeds the document review process by identifying Near-Duplicates detection and Email Thread analysis and culling them out of results. There is also a Relevance feature that applies predictive coding technology to identify relevant documents for your eDiscovery set.
It learns from your tagging choices on sample documents you manually review and applies statistical and self-learning mechanisms to calculate the relevance of each document in the data set. The below poem can be tagged as Not Relevant to the specified legal case.
When you have manually reviewed enough documents that the trained model is deemed stable, you can click Decide to gain insights on whether or not to move ahead with the legal process.
Hopefully this helped you understand more about the distinctions between Office 365 E5 and other versions. If you’re researching Office 365, feel free to check out a few case studies about Office 365 deployment and what other companies are accomplishing in the Microsoft productivity suite: