Earlier this week, it was revealed that Office 365 is now being used in a wide array of businesses in Nigeria for several reasons including to drive collaboration and communication amongst a geographically divided workforce, ramping up productivity, and most importantly streamlining operations overall.
“We are evolving from the information age to the collaboration age, where the ability to take action on information will set successful businesses apart from the rest,” Emmanuel Onyeje, general manager of Microsoft (News - Alert) Nigeria, told the Vanguard, a newspaper in Lagos. “The launch of Office 365 in Nigeria will accelerate that evolution by delivering enterprise-grade collaboration for all businesses - large and small.”
This cloud-based offering was originally made available to Nigera back in June, but it has increased in popularity as-of-late as more organizations have seen the advantages from being able to utilize one platform to access multiple tools such as Office Web Apps, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Lync Online. This solution gives employees access to e-mail, voicemail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, video conferencing, Web conferencing and more.
According to Onyeje, “Office 365 for enterprises has an array of choices for midsize and large businesses, as well as government organizations, starting for as little as $4 per user, per month for basic email. Office 365 for enterprises also includes Microsoft Office Professional plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis, for the first time ever, for $20 per user, per month.”
Further, Office 365 is closely tied to cloud computing, a term that refers to hosting technology infrastructure in the cloud from where people can keep close tabs on their business from anywhere and at any time.
“Moving to the cloud with Office 365 does not require a business to change the way it works, because the service is based on familiar productivity tools people know and trust, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and more. Employees get new ways to work together with ease, on virtually any device or mobile phone, and businesses get the reliability, security and IT controls they need in the cloud, even without a dedicated IT staff,” Onyeje added.
This in turn allows firms within Nigeria to see exactly where its strengths and weaknesses lie instantly, helping a business to be much more successful in the long run.
SherWeb is touted as powering its own Office 365 solution named SkyOffice which encompasses hosted Exchange 2010, Lync 2010 and SharePoint 2010. This suite is a complete hosted e-mail and collaboration solution that powers unmatched migration, customizable plans and an ultra high level of customer care you simply can’t find anywhere else. In essence, SkyOffice is Office 365—but with service.
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli