Category Archives: Cloud

Should You Consider Microsoft 365?

The story of Microsoft 365 unofficially starts with millions of individuals that still use workstations that run Windows 7. Microsoft had to come up with a plan to get the millions of people that didn’t upgrade to Windows 10 onto the platform before they retired Windows 7. What better way to accomplish that than making it easier than ever to upgrade?


Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based bundle that includes a virtual Windows 10 desktop, access to Microsoft 365 applications, OneDrive storage, and access to security features including device management and app and data security. It is the most comprehensive cloud-based package Microsoft offers and comes in three major products that have their own tiers. They are:

  • Microsoft 365 Business – purpose-built for small and medium-sized businesses with Windows 7 who need upgrade to an integrated solution, it brings together all of Microsoft’s best-in-class Office 365 products with collaborative business apps to keep your team on the same page.
  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise – delivers a complete, intelligent solution that empowers employees to be creative and work together. This is where technology intersects culture allowing your workforce to create the innovative products that disrupt markets and change the world, securely.
  • Microsoft 365 Education – designed with educators, Microsoft 365 Education comes feature-packed with tools to promote creativity and teamwork between students without overburdening or overbudgeting administrators.

All the Business Apps You Need and an Attractive Price

For the modern business, cloud-based software can be very attractive. Microsoft 365 Business offers the following software:

  • Windows 10 Pro – Operating system
  • Microsoft Office – Productivity suite
    • Word – Word processor
    • Excel – Spreadsheet program
    • PowerPoint – Presentation software
    • OneNote – Note-taking software
    • Outlook – Email manager
    • Publisher – Periodical creator
    • Access – Database management
    • Exchange – Mail and calendar
    • OneDrive – Cloud storage
    • Skype for Business – Communications/Conferencing
    • Microsoft Teams – Collaboration software
    • SharePoint – Project management software
  • Business Apps from Office – Additional Management Applications
    • Bookings – Delight customers, save time, and simplify how customer or prospects schedule appointments.
    • Outlook Customer Manager – Track, manage, and over deliver for your clients by building stronger relationships right from within Outlook.
    • Mile IQ – Intelligent real-time mileage tracker that will have finance jumping for joy, it provides a complete record of all your tax deductible and reimbursable mileage for your mobile workforce, all while running in the background.
    • Microsoft Invoicing – Invoicing program

Designed for Small to Enterprise Organizations

Since the platform is completely designed for small and medium-sized businesses, the tools found in Microsoft 365 Business provide substantial value. Getting all of this for a small monthly expense has its own benefits, but if you need to move many users to the platform, a cost/benefit analysis will help you know whether you should upgrade to new infrastructure, or whether your organization will be better off choosing the cloud-hosted Microsoft 365 platform.

For larger organizations or for educators there are additional options. Microsoft 365 Enterprise is designed for larger businesses that need enterprise versions of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office, while getting advanced security features. Perfect for the enterprise project team that needs the computing resources to excel right away.

Microsoft 365 Education is designed for the classroom. Educators can provide more powerful tools, without the huge capital investment that many schools simply cannot afford. With Windows 10, Office 365, and OneDrive, each student will have the resources at their disposal to see a better outcome from their education. Discover how the education landscape is changing? Check out our April post – Education Technology Continues to Move Forward where we address budgetary considerations and discuss how technology is accelerating learning in the classroom.

If your business has been searching for a reliable tool that gives you access to some of the best technology on the market, call us today at 855-4IT-GUYS (855-448-4897) and discover how our unlimited support plans with Microsoft 365 can empower your organization.

Can Your Business Benefit From a Private Cloud?

Businesses of all industries and sizes utilize the cloud to various extents, generally to satisfy a specific need. One example of how much variance there is in cloud solutions is in how much control organizations need over theirs. A public cloud is great for some organizations that need limited control over their solutions, but a private cloud offers more dynamic control and options.

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Tip of the Week: Using Cloud Services for Your Business

For this week’s tip, we thought we’d talk about something that most businesses have already dabbled in: the cloud. If your business is like those that we interact with, you’ve already implemented some type of cloud service, but if you haven’t, you should know just how cloud-hosted services can benefit the small business. We’ll look at the benefits of cloud-hosted services and how to pick which services are right for you.

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Are You Better off Moving to the Cloud?

The cloud offers countless benefits and services to organizations of all kinds, so we want you to think carefully before answering this question: to what extent does your business utilize the cloud? Do you store all of your data and applications on local servers, or do you utilize cloud servers to an extent? You might be surprised by how much you stand to benefit by having a solution in place that allows for seamless access.

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Cloud Apps Push Integrated Communications

 The cloud gives businesses just like yours the tools to become more productive throughout the workday, but no two organizations are the same. Your business’ needs will differ from others like you. How can you make sure that you have the tools needed to get the most out of your workday? You can start by implementing the right technology solutions–namely, the cloud, which can make communication and collaboration much more efficient as a whole.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Handy Tips for Microsoft Word

You would be hard-pressed to find a better-known software suite than Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word probably leading the pack in terms of name recognition. When a solution is so well-known, it can be hard to call anyone who uses it a power user. However, for this week’s tip, we’re doing a deep dive into its capabilities to take your use of Word a few steps up.

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In-House Exchange vs Office 365 – What’s Best for Your Business?

From a small company with fewer than ten employees sharing a single office to a corporation with locations across the globe, email makes the business world turn. How you store and manage your email infrastructure comes down to two different options: in-house or cloud hosted. There are plenty of factors that go into which option you choose. We’re here to help. Today, we are going to talk about the pros and cons of an in-house Exchange server and the cloud-based Office 365.

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5 Cloud Apps Small Businesses Should Love

The cloud has made it easier for small businesses to compete with larger, more established companies. The most significant way the cloud has helped is by offering dynamic business applications without the need for expensive infrastructure or hosting capabilities. Cloud-based apps provide small businesses with the necessary resources they need to grow, but also employees added flexibility to get their jobs done. Today, we are going to discuss a few of those apps that have helped countless small businesses grow.

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