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How Office 365 Benefits Small Businesses

At TUCU, our goal is to provide technology solutions that make your business run better and help you sleep at night. One of the most popular services we offer growing businesses in the Toronto area is our Microsoft Office 365 consulting, set-up, and support.

We’ve found that many small businesses would like to switch to cloud-based IT systems, but don’t have the time to invest in making sure their transition is going to generate positive results. If you’re running a busy business, your priorities are on keeping things running smoothly, not making changes that may be best left to a trained IT technician.

With our Office 365 services, you can switch to the cloud worry-free, because our cloud and IT consultants do all the work for you.

We take the time to (1) familiarize ourselves with your IT needs, (2) research the cloud-transition process for your specific systems, and (3) determine which special features are going to benefit your workflow. We take care of the technical details at all stages of the transition—and our team offers post migration support via our help desk.   You get all the cloud-based benefits, with none of the hassles of initiating your own transition.

How is Office 365 Good For Small Business?

As you likely know, Office 365 is different from prior versions of your Microsoft software, because it uses the cloud for a number of tasks that previously relied on local applications and storage.  Some specific differences you’ll notice in Office 365 include:

  • Outlook email and calendar are synced and accessible from any device, without an increased risk of security risks.
  • Office’s web apps work with desktop applications. This means Word, PowerPoint, Excel, (etc.) desktop versions are synced with any mobile app connected to the web. You can start a spreadsheet at the office, and work on it from your phone or tablet.
  • Document sharing is easier. Since all collaborative/shared documents, calendars, and tasks “live” in the cloud, updates and input from multiple users is instantaneous and storage is unlimited.
  • Instant messaging and online meetings/conference calls are built into Office 365, so there’s no need to use a separate system to connect.

In addition, you can benefit from the following.

More Protection

Every business is going to have unique needs, but there are a lot of reported benefits that may help your business stay better connected and protected with Microsoft’s built in email and computer security features. All transmissions have built-in 128-bit SSL/TSL encryption. This means anyone breaching your accounts won’t be able to read your data. Additionally, Office 365 makes remote wipes easy to initiate in the event that devices become lost or stolen when mobile device management is enabled.

Data Compliance

Office 365 also makes sure users are compliant with HIPAA, FERPA, and FISMA (if any of those apply to your business).

Better Connectivity and Collaboration

With cloud centralization, there’s no more divide between staff who are in the office and out of the office. If you have a connection to the internet, you have access to all your files, shared documents, databases, and storage. Your people can stay connected to their work, your clients, and each other, no matter where they are.  This can make working remotely a breeze for your team.

Seamless Scaling for Growing Businesses

Perhaps one of the best benefits for small businesses is that Office 365 is made to grow with your data storage needs. As your business grows, so do your cloud IT systems. You’ll never have to worry about technical capabilities slowing down your growing pace or workload. Nor do you have to worry about paying for extra storage capabilities that you might not end up using. Whatever your pace of business, Office 365 automatically adjusts.  It’s also easy to add a new user account and email when you hire new employees, or lock and archive email accounts and their content after an employee departs.

Call TUCU For Toronto Office 365 Solutions

If you’ve been thinking about switching to Office 365, let us take the pressure off your decision. We do all the work—including moving all your emails, contacts, documents and calendar items to the cloud for you.  Call TUCU today for an Office 365 consultation for your business. We’ll come to your Toronto area workplace or offer you a free phone consultation to assess your needs and let you know how Office 365 can benefit your small business.