In today’s business landscape, organisations of all sizes are constantly striving to improve their processes, productivity, revenue, and overall operations. While this can be challenging, those who strike the right balance will reap the rewards, from increased output, to higher levels of customer satisfaction, to improved bottom line profits.
Investing in the right technology can make the journey to optimal efficiency much smoother, and that’s where Microsoft Office 365 can have a real impact.
Here are some of the ways in which Office 365 can increase the efficiency of your organisation:
Improves communication and collaboration
Potentially the biggest impact of Office 365 is its ability to keep your team connected and working on the same page, through improved communication and collaboration. By taking advantage of tools such as Office Web Apps, Microsoft Teams, Planner and OneDrive, team members can benefit from instant messaging, video calling, cloud storage, real-time document sharing, and much more.
In today’s workplace, with 30% of full-time UK employees adopting a hybrid working schedule, the value of quick and easy collaboration cannot be overstated. Keeping your team united and working together in harmony, no matter where they are, reduces the chance of missteps, while also boosting all-important employee morale.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “You’ve got to spend money to make money”, but every business owner knows that the smartest move is to be financially savvy by minimising unnecessary costs wherever possible.
One of the many benefits of Office 365 is that it can help organisations save money. Microsoft provides single source licensing fees, providing access to a variety of tools and services for a single subscription fee, rather than requiring individual purchases. What’s more, Office 365 can also help businesses to reduce both their IT and energy costs by removing the need for on-site IT infrastructure, such as email servers and storage.
Automates business processes
Not only does MS Office 365 save businesses from overspending on essential cloud services, but customisable automation tools can help teams to streamline their processes, saving hours per week on repetitive tasks, and freeing up time for more productive activities.
Those working to a busy schedule will understand the importance of allocating their time effectively to achieve all their goals. It’s often an overwhelming task, which is why tools such as Power Automate and SharePoint, as well as features such as automated password resets and scheduled reports, are so valuable.
Another key benefit of Office 365 is its robust and comprehensive security features, designed to keep businesses, and their customers, safe from data breaches and additional cybersecurity threats. Threat protection ranges from data encryption and multi-factor authentication, to antivirus software.
Recent research found that global cyber-attacks increased by 38% in 2022 compared to 2021, with the UK alone experiencing a 77% increase. Sadly, this trend is set to continue, which is why it’s vital to have advanced security in place.
Office 365 allows all employees to access the tools they need in order to do their jobs effectively from any device and any location with an internet connection. Not only does this give businesses the option to engage a remote or hybrid workforce, but it also makes organisations resilient in the case of local outages, or even natural disasters.
Beyond this, accessibility also means ensuring that the technology your organisation uses works for all employees, including those with any disabilities or disadvantages. Microsoft is a leader in inclusive design, and Office 365 has a variety of accessible tools in place to ensure that everyone can create, communicate and collaborate on any device.
How Eclarity can help
Here at Eclarity, we take it upon ourselves to ensure that you have the right systems in place for your needs and requirements, whether you’re a school in London or a gym in Leeds.