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TMCnet Office 365 Week in Review

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September 15, 2012

TMCnet Office 365 Week in Review

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

If you want your business to run smoother for a reduced cost then turn to Office 365, a cloud-based solution designed to streamline operations as well as improve collaboration amongst a geographically disparate workforce.

This week in the space, Microsoft (News - Alert) brought Office 365 to Pakistan in a strategic move that would enable the country to drive successful businesses for the long term. Not only does this offering enable users to create and edit Word documents, they can also view e-mails, Excel spreadsheets and Web pages on their desktops while in the office or on-the-go via an array of smartphones.

“We are taking a giant leap in software services in Pakistan. Through Office 365, Microsoft is providing world-class productivity software to businesses of all sizes, at predictable and affordable costs,” said BG Lead for Microsoft's NEPA region, Ihsan Anabtawi.

With Office 365 in place, the technology giant is hoping to enable the region to see multiple benefits when implementing it at companies.

In other news, Rand Secure Archive, a division of Rand Worldwide, recently began to leverage a secure, cloud-based data archiving, storage and eDiscovery system that is used in conjunction with Office 365.

The business is able to raise the bar on archiving and eDiscovery capabilities that its 50 employees can now gain access to. And at this time, the Rand Secure Archive agreement will enable the organization to create a highly scalable solution that incorporates Office 365 as well as other robust engineering and project management software applications.

 In a statement, Nedim Celik, CIO, Rand Worldwide, said, “The volume of electronic data that we produce has grown exponentially over the past several years. Alongside the volume, the formats and types of data we create has expanded and includes CAD models, Adobe (News - Alert) applications, SharePoint, Microsoft Office, email communications, instant messages, voicemails, project documentation, scanned information, and more. Since we need this complex array of information to be easily searchable and accessible at any time, we were looking for a proven and robust enterprise solution to archive and retrieve our critical data.”

Closing out the week, headlines were made when WorldSkills, an international non-profit, held a competition in Australia that allows users from the ages of 17 to 22 to showcase their skills in a variety of spaces including IT and Microsoft Office 365.

Contestants are required to complete hypothetical scenarios where utilizing Microsoft 365 and all of its functionality is key. Some of the scenarios include creating electronic forms, writing code and even developing database systems.

The judge who selects the winner, Kirkwood-Smith, is the ideal pick due to the fact that he is responsible for running an enterprise that specializes in Office development.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Office 365 Community, exclusively on TMCnet for the latest and greatest news!

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