Many businesses today are migrating to cloud environments in droves. How about your business? Are you looking at available cloud Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings? There are several to choose from. However, many businesses are deciding on Microsoft 365, formerly Office 365, as their SaaS provider of choice.
While there are other very powerful SaaS offerings on the market, why might you choose Microsoft 365 to provide cloud services for your business? Let’s take a look at five reasons why Microsoft 365 is worth migrating to and how you can make the best decision for your business.
Table of Contents
- 1 Five Reasons Why Microsoft 365 is worth Migrating To
- 2 Protect Microsoft 365 with Proper Backups
Five Reasons Why Microsoft 365 is worth Migrating To
When migrating to the cloud, your organization must evaluate its primary business use cases for doing so. These may be different between each and every organizations. However, in general, there are several reasons why Microsoft 365 is worth migrating to as your cloud SaaS solution of choice.
Let’s take a look at the following five reasons for migrating to the Microsoft 365 cloud:
- Familiarity with Microsoft products and solutions
- Incentives for existing enterprise customers
- Installable Office applications
- Strong collaboration features
- Robust security features
Let’s examine each of these reasons for choosing the Microsoft 365 Software-as-a-Service platform.
1. Familiarity with Microsoft Products and Solutions
One area where Microsoft has dominated over the years in the SMB and enterprise space is productivity applications. Arguably, there isn’t an office worker in the world who has not at least seen Microsoft Office over the years and chances are, they are actively using it today.
Microsoft has a real foothold in the industry with the familiarity of Microsoft products that exists in the SMB/enterprise space. Not only are organizations familiar with the productivity applications in the core Microsoft Office suite such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, most administrators are familiar with administering Microsoft backend products.
In the enterprise, you will most likely find Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange, and SharePoint as backend server platforms among others that are serving out on-premises applications and services. Again, the familiarity to this broad base of Microsoft solutions extending from the end user to the administrator provides a powerful incentive to stick with Microsoft when transitioning to the cloud.
When migrating to the Microsoft 365 cloud, end users will see very familiar Office applications such as Word, Excel, and SharePoint. IT administrators will already possess many of the skills needed to administer Microsoft’s solutions in the cloud such as Azure AD, Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online.
By migrating to Microsoft 365 cloud, your organization will maintain familiar products and solutions. Instead of having to start from the ground up with a brand-new set of tools and applications, they can more or less “hit the ground running”.
2. Incentives for existing enterprise customers
Another reason why Microsoft 365 is worth migrating to for many organizations is the existing license agreements that may already be in place for Microsoft customers. Many organizations, including your own, may have a relationship with Microsoft already.
As mentioned earlier, businesses may already have Windows Server, Exchange, and SharePoint on-premises. There may be client access licensing already in use. Microsoft can certainly give incentivized pricing to customers for migrating to cloud environments, including Microsoft 365.
This can make Microsoft 365 pricing extremely competitive when compared to other cloud service providers. Additionally, it allows keeping a single point of licensing, all under one agreement.
3. Installable Office Applications
One of the huge reasons that Microsoft 365 is worth migrating to is that you get the full Microsoft Office applications available as downloads when you subscribe to either the E3 or E5 plans. This means that you can still have the full-blown “full” installations of Microsoft Office as part of the Microsoft 365 plan.
While all the subscription levels of Microsoft 365 get the Office for web capabilities (meaning you can use Office from a web interface), the full Office product is still more powerful and capable. For Office power users that need to use in-depth features found in applications like Excel, the full-blown applications provide all the tools needed for those who use in-depth functions.
With other Software-as-a-Services on the market, there are no “fat” client apps that are available for download. Microsoft has an advantage over the competition that ties in with the familiarity of the Office products mentioned earlier, and the capabilities and power of the full-blown installable Office applications.
4. Strong Collaboration Features
Microsoft 365 boasts really great collaboration features. In fact, one of the major reasons that organizations decide to make the move to cloud is the ability to more effectively collaborate. Microsoft 365 has many different tools that can empower your organization to do this more effectively. These include:
- Microsoft Teams – This is Microsoft’s all-inclusive collaboration platform that brings together many different features and functionality to provide a holistic approach to collaboration. It provides a chat-based solution that brings together all the collaboration tools such as content sharing, video chat, notes, tags, and more so that organization teams can more effectively communicate and collaborate.
- SharePoint – SharePoint has long been a staple of the enterprise environment to effectively share and version documents for collaboration between team members. SharePoint has morphed into a solution that can effectively back other collaboration solutions such as Microsoft Teams.
- Yammer – Yammer is known as the enterprise social network. It can easily be used to share content or messages with Team members or across an entire organization.
- OneDrive for Business – One of the basic requirements of collaboration is the ability to share files. OneDrive for Business is the cloud storage solution that provides that basic requirement for your organization. Files can easily be shared between your end users and even those outside the organization.
5. Robust Security Features
Microsoft provides one of the most robust security platforms when compared to other cloud Software-as-a-Service providers. The security features provided by Microsoft with Microsoft 365 include threat protection, data protection, and device management features.
- Threat Protection – Microsoft has a solution called Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that is a cloud-based email filtering service that helps to eliminate threats such as malicious links, malware, ransomware, and other threats such as phishing attempts. As part of overall threat protection for your environment, Microsoft 365 offers multi-factor authentication (MFA) capabilities. In addition, Windows Defender helps to provide a powerful endpoint protection program for protecting your devices against viruses, malware, and other threats.
- Data Protection – Microsoft has built-in solutions that can help protect your data housed there. It offers data loss prevention (DLP) policies to help identity and prevent transmitting sensitive data such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, and others. In addition, Microsoft 365 helps to protect your data in-flight with message encryption and Exchange Online Archivingprovides an archiving solution for ensuring data is retained for various in-place and litigation holds
- Device Management – Controlling mobile and other devices accessing your Microsoft 365 data and services is extremely important. Microsoft 365 provides a built-in solution for device wiping, resetting defaults, and enforcing BitLocker encryption on mobile devices.
- Security Center – The new Microsoft 365 Security Center helps you to see security issues in the environment and proactively action potential issues and vulnerabilities before they lead to a compromise of your environment.
Protect Microsoft 365 with Proper Backups
Microsoft 365 is an extremely versatile platform that can elevate your business operations and facilitate collaboration among your end users for increased productivity all the way around. There is no question that the familiarity with Microsoft products, incentives for existing enterprise customers, installable Office applications, strong collaboration features, and robust security features make Microsoft 365 a cloud SaaS solution worth migrating to.
When migrating your business-critical applications to Microsoft 365, your organization must protect its data. Despite having data loss prevention (DLP) as a strong security feature, Microsoft 365 lacks the native ability to properly backup your data. Spinbackup is an enterprise Office 365 cloud-to-cloud data protection solution that allows proper backups for your Microsoft 365 data.
- Automatic backups of Microsoft 365
- Ability to store backups in AWS, GCP, or Azure
- 100% accurate recovery
- Backups are encrypted both in-flight and at-rest
- Easy migration of user data between accounts
- Version control
- Unlimited storage
Check out Spinbackup.com for more information on how to protect your Microsoft 365 environment.