Office 365 is unlike any other tool out there. It has the power to unify your nonprofit, and organize everything your organization does. Built using the cloud to store, manage, and interact with environment, Office 365 is convenient, cheap, and accessible anywhere there’s an internet connection. Whether that’s in the office, or a Starbucks in another country.
Chances are pretty good that your nonprofit has a limited budget for IT support and upgrades. There’s also a pretty good chance that sometimes your staff does (or at least tries to) do some of their work on their personal smart phones, tablets and other devices.
But making a major operational, software, or any kind of tech switch is a big decision. Often times there’s employee resentment, backlash, or a lack of commitment to making the switch. So it’s important that you make the right choice the first time.
The truth is there’s a plethora of benefits to making the switch to Office 365. Here are just a few of the benefits that you might not have known about.
How frustrating is it when things don’t work? Infuriating, right? With the Microsoft Exchange Server the need for often faulty and out-dated in-house servers, or VPNs are over. Email, shared calendars, and the all important address book can be accessed anywhere you have an Internet connection. Plus, every user starts with 25GB of mailbox storage, and allows you to send emails with attachments up to 25MB.
Coming with the use of a tech giant like Microsoft’s software is the peace mind that your security is top of the line. Fully complying with the industry standards HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FISMA (The Federal Information Security Management Act), you can rest assured that your data is being protected assiduously. Your security is fully customizable too, meaning your IT staff can see, touch, and work your nonprofit’s security however they need.
The problem of “leaving that document on your work computer” are over when you’re using Office 365. With the cloud, your document are anywhere you have access to the Internet.
If your staff is working in multiple locations, whether that’s across town or across borders, with Office 365 your nonprofit is instantly more connected, and better equipped to deal with that distance.
Facebook is for communicating with family. Twitter is used to communicate with the world. Yammer is for communicating with your company. Every version of Office 365 comes standard with the internal social networking app for organizaiton that makes connecting, collaborating, and sharing easy and efficient.
Microsoft’s Lync is as robust a messaging app as there is on the market. Coming equipped with instant messaging, voice calls, and HD video conferencing, whatever need you have to communicate, Lync has you covered.