Office 365 is an extremely reliable platform that brings efficiency to companies throughout virtually every vertical that are located all over the world. Due to the fact that is intuitive platform is hosted in the cloud, users can access important data no matter where they are physically located and at any time they wish.
This week in the space, Opus, a New Zealand-based global infrastructure consultancy group revealed it has begun its project of transitioning to Office 365. Already implementing the offering into its corporate infrastructure, Office 365 will give employees access to e-mail, calendars and widely leveraged Office applications including Word, Outlook and Excel, instant messaging and conferencing through Lync, as well as file sharing via SharePoint. This in turn will significantly improve overall collaboration and communication amongst the entire enterprise.
According to Opus’ Chief Information Officer Bruce Tinsley, utilizing Office 365 falls in line with the company’s overall goal of becoming one of the top 20 consultancies in the world by 2020, a recent piece revealed.
"We wanted a system that was up-to-date, flexible and agile - a system that had the scale to support our ambitious growth plans," Tinsley said."We also wanted a product that offered staff easy access to our network from multiple devices and locations, and the ability to do the basics, like view and edit calendars on their smartphones."
In other news, headlines were made when yet another federal agency realized the massive amount of benefits the cloud provides and ultimately migrated to a next generation platform. This time it was the National Archives and Records Administration, better known just as the National Archives and it wasn’t Office 365 but Google Apps.
The organization chose Unisys (News - Alert) to gain access to Google Apps for Government that would be used by nearly 4,500 of its employees. While the total value of the contract could reach $7.2 million, National Archives is shedding out this significant chunk of change in order to ramp up its information technology infrastructure, as well as resources and applications.
Moreover, the Department of Veterans Affairs has also turned to the cloud, implementing Microsoft's (News - Alert) Office 365 for Government for some 600,000 mailboxes
Closing out the week, Visaka Industries, the second largest cement sheet manufacturer in India, revealed it now using Office 365 to increase employee productivity, team communication and collaboration.
The company decided this platform was ideal for its various needs that range from wanting to overcome a variety of issues caused by their network being slowed down and avoiding any exterded amount of downtime.
In a statement, Krishna Moorthi, president of IT, Visaka Industries stated, “The move to Office 365 has been remarkable so far as it brings cloud versions of Microsoft’s familiar Office productivity solutions, enabling our employees to start using the services immediately. We were also able to switch our employees from Google (News - Alert) Apps to Office 365 services in a short span of time, with no downtime. Microsoft Office 365 clearly out-shines Google Apps not only in ease of use but also in terms of reliability and manageability.”
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo