Microsoft 365 – 4 reasons why SMEs should opt for Microsoft 365
Achieving goals faster & better together as a team – this requires a solid foundation, because this is the only way to help the company succeed. Strong teamwork and communication skills are therefore required. Employees or teams should be able to collaborate, network and exchange without restrictions. This will help your business to develop and grow. However, it should not be forgotten that digitalisation places additional and new demands on companies. An important aspect is IT security – in addition to devices and systems, identities must also be better protected. Because a chain is only as strong as the weakest link in it! – You can find out how Microsoft 365 supports this in reason three.
Reason 1 – Networking
Be it through COVID19, be it through international employees or supply chains or through demands of generations X, Y, or Z. One thing is clear: tools for collaboration have become indispensable today. They improve communication as well as business processes without any ifs and buts. Nevertheless, SMEs often find it difficult to make the right choice for a collaboration tool. But Microsoft 365 provides a toolkit of tools for a simple, frictionless solution.
One tool from the Microsoft 365 toolbox is Microsoft Teams. This enables collaboration independent of location and time. But not only that, by addressing employees directly via a central platform, Microsoft Teams not only shortens reaction times, but also promotes a new culture in the company: “Stop sending e-mails, start sharing! Information is available around the clock and around the globe. The fusion of digital and personal communication not only pays off internally, but customer contacts can also be better used and maintained.
Reason 2 – Optimised communication & processes
Everywhere you always hear: “We have to optimise processes, we have to optimise processes!”. Sure, it’s important and you can generate efficiencies. Nevertheless, this is often not easy for SMEs because many employees seem to be trapped in dual roles in various departments. Then the different departments also use various apps or platforms for collaboration, then the chaos is complete! – The different working styles make life difficult for employees. In the process, technology gets in the way rather than supporting. So, put an end to different forms – centralise and unify.
Microsoft Teams includes built-in features such as document sharing, an integrated file store and an internal directory. This allows employees to collaborate effectively and efficiently in real time. A solution that makes it possible to maintain the employees’ preferred working styles. Be it through chat, video telephony or text messaging.
Reason 3 – IT security strengthens customer confidence
Microsoft 365 comes with built-in security features. Corporate cultures that prioritise IT security are becoming increasingly important, regardless of the industry or size of the company. Again, for SMEs without an internal IT department, it is not always easy to close the knowledge and security gaps. The prevailing notion that small and medium-sized enterprises are not targets of phishing or hacking attacks, an illusion. Ensuring the security of customer data is critical to maintaining customer trust. Remote working can pose security risks if you don’t use the right solution. With our security assessment service, we uncover weaknesses in your IT security system and work with you to find solutions to eliminate and prevent them.
Reason 3, in the context of IT security, will be followed up by redIT in December.
Reason 4 – Inspiration & Innovation Inhouse
Microsoft 365, with its range of tools, is a central place for collecting customer feedback, solution modelling, sharing meeting notes, presentations and all sorts of files. This not only improves transparency in the company and reduces data loss, but also increases employees’ creativity for solutions. – Suddenly there is cross-departmental and cross-location collaboration with more innovation from the individual teams.
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