For office workers, Microsoft Office is a common necessity. For more than 20 years, we’ve watched the Office suite evolve. And every few years, we buy a new version and update our employees’ machines.
One medium-size dental supply company recently decided it didn’t want to go through that again. It didn’t want to have to host the Office applications on its servers anymore either.
So the company called on MicroAge’s Susan Breitkopf for help with an Office 365 migration.
“They are working to move their whole business to the cloud for business continuity and disaster recovery reasons,” Susan explains. “And because they need to remain PCI-compliant, they see added security benefits with the cloud as well.”
Working with the client’s chief financial officer and a system administrator, Susan helped explain the offerings of Office 365 — Microsoft’s cloud-based suite that allows workers to access the Office suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) from their desktop computers, mobile devices or online.
Susan worked with the company to understand its specific needs and recommended Microsoft Office Enterprise 3, which offers users a number of services, including:
- The full Office suite, including a fully installed Office experience across PCs, Macs, and phones and tablets
- Online meetings
- Meeting broadcast capabilities
- Instant messaging
- Social networking with Yammer
- File storage and sharing
“The other piece of this puzzle was adding security to their employees’ mobile devices,” Susan notes.
The biggest concern was security related to bring-your-own devices (BYOD). For both corporate-owned devices and BYOD, Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite was the answer. The mobile application management (MAM) and mobile device management (MDM) solutions offer a streamlined application and device management option that IT can manage from the cloud or on the premises.
With the help of a MicroAge services partner, the client completed the Office 365 migration for its more than 80 users over the course of several weeks.
“The client chose not to do it during the workweek,” Susan explains. “So, it took some time, but it was a painless migration. Now employees are already taking advantage of the collaborative opportunities, and IT is confident that company data is secure.”
Thinking about moving to the cloud with a Microsoft Office 365 migration? Susan Breitkopf can help determine the right combination of products for your business. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-366-2174.