It’s safe to say that remote working is here to stay. Even if, miraculously, COVID-19 disappeared over night, organisations and workers have adapted to this new way of working. As such, businesses are searching for the perfect long-term flexible working solution – and in most instances, that solution involves Microsoft 365.
A report found that 9 in 10 workers who worked from home during the first lockdown from March 2020 would like to continue working from home in some form. Recent news releases have reported big companies like Microsoft will keep remote working as a permanent option for their employees. So, with remote working here to stay post Coronavirus, is your business likely to still involve an element of remote working – and If so, is your current IT system fit for the job?
What if there was one simple solution that enhanced your workforces remote working experience and combines all your much-loved productivity tools in once place? What if this solution was cloud based and scalable depending on your business needs?… And what if we told you that you could potentially save money vs your current, outdated system. The answer to all of this, of course is Microsoft 365.
What is Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 collectively combines Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise, Mobility + Security (EMS). It is a unified cloud based, software as a service (SaaS) solution providing access to all your favourite trustworthy Microsoft business software plus MUCH more. The Microsoft 365 offering exploded throughout the Pandemic and has been quickly realised as perhaps the most ideal solution for remote working. Being a cloud-based solution adds flexibility to thrive through enabling access to work documentations wherever, whenever, as long as there is a stable internet connection. Remote working has never been so easy.
The only challenge businesses tend to face with Microsoft 365 is when it comes to the in-depth understanding of full product suite and its benefits, but that’s where MFG come in. MFG have successfully migrated numerous clients over to Microsoft 365 before, during and after the pandemic. As a Microsoft Silver Partner, we have extensive knowledge in licensing, helping businesses to achieve optimal value from Microsoft 365. Furthermore, MFG removes the anxiety when it comes to migrating systems, ensuring there’s minimum organisational disruption to their client’s business.
Benefits of Microsoft 365 for Home Working
Microsoft 365 comes with a whole array of benefits from, automatic updates, collaboration and productivity tools, as well as access anywhere anytime.
Collaboration and Productivity
At the heart of Microsoft 365 is Teamwork and collaboration. Microsoft Teams is an integrated application which is the perfect platform to help your team members collaborate when working from home. Teams enables users the ability to connect and host meetings through video chat, message, or audio call. Microsoft have also recently announced major new features coming to teams over the next year such as wellness insights and break out rooms – and remember, since Microsoft 365 is cloud-based, you will enjoy these readily available updates as soon as they’re released, without having to wait to upgrade later. Now really is the perfect time to join the hype.
Accessibility & Simplicity
SharePoint is also part of Microsoft 365 and is a web-based platform which enables you to effectively store and share files from anywhere. This platform enables businesses to store information in one central location, enhancing accessibility and simplicity, particularly when remote working.
Built in security
Microsoft 365 has built in security (EMS) that enhances your security posture, helping to protect and detect threats.
Migrating to Microsoft 365
Not sure which plan is the best for your business or your worried about going at it alone? Let us do the hard work for you. MFG are here to help you realise the full potential of migrating over to Microsoft 365 and will be with you for the long-run, to ensure you make the most of your technology to benefit your business and your people.
Once you have made contact with MFG, we will begin our audit into your current set-up, including the applications and devices you use and determine the very best solution possible for your business, whether this is a hybrid solution or full cloud. A cost exercise will also be carried out which will benchmark your current costs to the potential new costs.
Don’t just take our word for it, hear it from our clients…
We migrated FLB, a Chartered Accountant in Berkshire to Microsoft 365 earlier this year. Gary Bell, founding Partner said “…Microsoft 365 also opened up a new horizon of applications for us to investigate and explore how to use in our business. The biggest example of which is Microsoft teams, which is a fantastic product which we were aware of and didn’t have real visibility of but now that we are using it, it has become one of the most used applications and has really changed the way we have changed internally rather than just sending emails to one another.”
Sarah Long, Finance Manager at Berkshire based Charity, Daisy’s Dream explained “Migrating to 365 just before lockdown was a lifesaver, due to what we do, the therapeutic workers rely heavily on face-to-face communication, but Microsoft 365 enabled us to explore new way of communicating such as Teams video calling.”
Want to learn more about what Microsoft 365 can do for your business?
Flexibility around remote working has never been so important for a business. Make the switch to Microsoft 365 and explore the benefits for yourself. Let MFG help you determine a plan which is suited to the needs of your business, with on-going support during and after the migration.