Office 365 Small Business Premium for customers with 1-10 users.
By this time, you might be thinking everything you have heard so far is good but can you afford this? Let’s see how Office 365 gives you affordable IT service.
Business-ready toolsOffice 365 has the broadest definition of what productivity and collaboration means for businessYou get big business tools at affordable price, no compromisesOne stop shop for everything you need to run your business, no more cost and hassle of using one-off solutionsMicrosoft builds professional tools for businesses. This is the core of Microsoft business. Microsoft doesn’t think about this as a side business so you can be sure Microsoft won’t useyour business data to sell advertising.Always up to dateBecause Office 365 is a cloud service you subscribe to, you’ll always have the latest version of the technologyOffice is the common language in business for years – you can now subscribe to Office and always get to use the latest versionLow upfront costsYou don’t need to pay upfront for any licenses, but just a low monthly fee as a subscriptionOffice 365 also means low training costs because itis based on services that are already familiar to your usersOne user, multiple devicesSimplified per-user licensing means each user can use Office on multiple devicesWith each Office 365 user, you can install Office on up to 5 PC or Mac, plus 5 mobile devices which include smartphones and tabletsYou get predictable monthly costs enabling you to you budgetIf you have seasonal workers, you can easily add and delete users as you need them.
At the beginning of this video series I introduced the new offering Office 365 Small Business Premium a unique plan designed specifically for businesses with 1-10 users. To help you choose the right plan for your business, this slide compares four popular options: Office 365 Small Business, Office 365 Small Business Premium (SBP), Midsized Business (M), and Enterprise E3. There are some similarities across all three plans, for example all plans include business-class email, file sharing, website, and collaboration. But let’s look at the differences here…First, at the bottom of this table, you can see the seat target for these plans, as well as UK sterling pricing. There are technical limitations on the number of seats you can add to SB, SBP, and M, but you should choose the right plan not only based on these, but also around topics like Office apps, IT control, support, how to deploy Office, and whether you have advanced business and IT needs. Its worth noting at this point in time you cannot migrate from a small business package to E plan. Office Desktop AppsYou are probably familiar Office apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). You install Office apps and Office apps stay on your laptop. This is the main difference between Small Business and Small Business Premium. IT Admin ConsoleIT admin with Small Business and Small Business Premium is simple and preconfigured so customers don’t have to do much to get up and running. Midsized Business and E3 customers want greater control and customization from the console, which is why Microsoft built in more robust controls like Active Directory integration. The difference between M and E3 is more subtle, where in M you should expect to see more templates and how-to videos for the IT generalists, and in E3, full capability to configure all the services.SupportSupport is much the same. Microsoft provide 24/7 IT level phone support for critical issues (defined as service impacting incidents) for all plans. Small Business, SBP, and M Microsoft provides business hours (M-F, roughly 6am-6pm) IT level phone support for anything non-critical. M has a 8-hour Support Response Time Commitment whereas SB and SBP don’t but use a web service request system for you to track status of any support calls. E3 has 24/7 access to IT level phone support. Microsoftphone support exceeds their closest competition for all of Microsoft plans. I’m sure you are thinking if Microsoft provide such support why use Microsoft partner? Firstly you don’t have to. Customers who prefer local support an ability to put a face to their IT support may choose a Microsoft partner. Generally they phone their Microsoft partner if they have an issue or their Microsoft partners proactive support phones them to report a problem and provide you the customer with a resolution plan. Essentially customers focus entirely on their business not IT. Another reason one off or on-going projects for example adding new business units, internet and intranet websites, CRM deployments, VOIP projects etc. OfficeAll plans except SB, include desktop Office applications licensed as a subscription, plus Office Web Apps. What’s different here is how you get to deploy Office. Office Deployment for Small Business Premium and Midsized Business is a “pull’ experience meaning the end user initiates the deployment and it streams Office directly from Office 365 servers. Push deployment in E3, means that Office may be used with software distribution and automation tools that enable IT admins to install it on behalf of end users.Advanced servicesI’ve already touched on it, but only Midsized Business and E3 will work with Active Directory. This enables single sign-on for all your PCs and it integrates with your company’s identity system. Users created on-premises are available for license assignment in the cloud, and you will have one place to set up permissions. The biggest difference between M and E3 are advanced services like Excel and Visio Services for SharePoint integration, rights management (allows customers to send IRM mail from Exchange), voicemail, and compliance features like In-Place Hold and Data Loss Prevention. If you need these services, you will want to consider E3 regardless of your company size.
This slide summarises Office, delivered as a service. Office365 is designed to work seamlessly with best of breed productivity services. Exchange Online for hosted business-class email, SharePoint Online for document sharing and sites management, and Lync Online for web conferencing and instant messaging. These are all enterprise-class services designed and optimized for SMB.
In this video series I’ve covered a number of Office 365 services and to be absolutely honest you can watch videos, read about the benefits but there is nothing like actually playing around with the services to really understand whether your business can make use of Office 365. I urge you to try, more importantly play with the software if you DO choose to I’m very confident you will experience that aha! moment and realise this is the future of IT for your organisation. So what do you have to try Office 365? You don’t need to change or add to your infrastructure or pay a single penny. Call or send me an email and I’ll send you web link to enable you to start a free 30 day trial. Microsoft Office 365 is secure, anywhere access to email and calendars, Office Web Apps, instant messaging, conferencing, and file sharing. Microsoft Office - Office 365 adds more power to the Office you already know and use by making it easier to communicate and collaborate with othersWebsite - Launch and sustain a professional website for your businessEmail and calendars - Access your email and calendar from your computer, the web, and smart device*Instant messaging, presence, and conferencing - Connect immediately with colleagues. Set up and conduct online meetingsFile sharing and managing projects - Share documents and collaborate with colleagues onlineOffice Web Apps - Create, store, and edit Office docs onlineMobility - Get virtually anywhere access on nearly any device* so you can be productive on the goSecurity and trust - Microsoft helps keep your data safe and privateLearn more about what Office 365 could mean to you at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365
Thank you for listening and if you’ve viewed all five videos in the series a special thank you. Hopefully the video series has clarified some of the questions you may have. Almost certainly if you are serious about Office 365 deployment you will have more questions requiring a one to one meeting. For an initial discussion we can talk online or telephone if you wish to proceed we probably need to meet. From my perspective my objective for such discussion is to ensure Office 365 is the right solution for you if not I’ll point you towards a more suitable solution.
Office 365 for small businesses part five
Your complete office in the cloud.The new Office forSmall BusinessesChristopher BirdOwnerCloud Hound
Office 365Midsize BusinessOffice 365 SmallBusiness PremiumOffice 365Enterprise E3AdvancedServicesStandardServicesOfficeOffice Web ApplicationsSeat targets 1–10 11–250 >250Voicemail, Legal Hold, Data Loss PreventionRights ManagementOffice Desktop ApplicationsPrice (per user/month in UK Sterling £10.10 Or £100.80user/year£9.80 £15.00 Basic Expanded Full Pull Pull Push Basic Expanded FullBasic Expanded Full Pull Pull Push Email, File Sharing, Website, Conferencing Click to Run Office DeploymentActive Directory® IntegrationIT Level Phone SupportIT Administration ConsoleInfoPath Forms, Access, Excel, Visio ServicesOffice 365Small Business1-10£3.90 Or £39.60user/yearExpandedBasicBasic
Hosted business-class email and shared calendar25 GB of storage space per userRobust spam and malware protectionEasy to add or delete usersSave documents in the cloud by defaultShare documents with customers/partners with controlled accessCreate and manage your company website without a web designerSync online files to your devices for offline access with SkyDrive ProLatest version of Office desktop apps licensed as a subscriptionPer user licensing across 5 PCs/Macs and 5 mobile devicesUse Office Web Apps on any browser for minor editsStream an Office app to a PC when away from computerPresence, IM, voice, and HD video conferencingReal-time note taking and document sharingConduct Lync meetings with customers and partnersConnect with Skype contacts using presence, IM, and voice