You have undoubtedly heard of “The Cloud.”

This nebulous term has been frequently used in the media over the last few years. But what exactly does it mean, and in what ways can your business take advantage of it?

The Cloud is simply a way to access technology via the Internet, which can lead to cost savings and other conveniences for your business such as automatic updates, accessibility away from the office, at home, and while traveling, and can also increase collaboration with co-workers.

Many organizations are utilizing the SaaS model or “Software as a Service” to take advantage of paying on a subscriber basis versus onsite licenses and administration. And there is no need to set up servers and networks or install any software. There are several software vendors who only offer their services on The Cloud, and this number is increasing every day.

Companies across the world are taking advantage of software services being offered over the Internet/Cloud. According to Gartner, worldwide SaaS revenue is forecast to reach $22.1 billion in 2015, a 56% increase from 2011 when it reached $12.3 billion that year.

Microsoft is also offering the benefits of The Cloud through Office 365, which is a SaaS offering. By migrating to Microsoft Office 365, companies can access email, shared calendars, video conferencing, file sharing, and instant messaging. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of next-generation communications and collaboration services.

Here is a breakdown of Microsoft Office 365 features, all of which add to increased productivity:

  • Mobility – Using Office Web Apps, you will be able to work from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Access, edit and view Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on desktops, laptops, tablets, and iPhones, Androids and Windows Phones (where phone coverage is available). Because the software is running in a Microsoft data center, you simply connect to the Internet to access the software.
  • Conferencing – Set up meetings on the fly using Lync Online, with multi-party HD video conferencing, screen sharing, messaging, and real-time note taking.
  • Email and Calendars – Using Outlook, the email and calendar platform everyone is accustomed to, access email and calendars on the road to keep everyone in sync. This is provided through Office 365’s Exchange Online.
  • File Sharing – Work better together with co-workers, team mates, customers, vendors and partners with files that are accessible and up to date from almost anywhere using SharePoint Online. If you make a change to a document from your tablet at home and then your colleague views the file from their phone, they will see the most up-to-date document. No longer do you have to email a document between machines to get the most current one.
  • Professional Face for Your Business – Create a website on Office 365 that’s easy to set up with no hosting fees.

Don’t wait any longer to receive all the benefits of moving your IT environment to Office 365. Contact the experts at NexusTek. We’ve implemented Office 365 for companies and locations all across the country, large and small.

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