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- Published: 18 Feb 2022
We want to put this out there so you’re not surprised when it happens: Microsoft is planning to increase the price of its Microsoft 365 and Office 365 offerings. If you use these tools for your business, you will see your costs increase, no matter where they are sourced. Thankfully, you have us to help ensure that you are getting the most out of these solutions, and maybe even some you didn’t know you had capabilities for.
To Be Clear, Microsoft is Increasing their Prices… Not Us
No matter which provider you choose, chances are you are going to absorb some of the costs of Microsoft’s price increase. It’s not coming from any particular IT company or even from us—it’s coming from Microsoft themselves. That said, not all sources will provide you with the same Microsoft experience.
Why You Should Turn to Compudata for Microsoft Solutions
We are quite familiar with the solutions offered through Microsoft 365 and Office 365, and that allows us to give you the greatest value for your investment. Here are some of the many tools and features you can take advantage of thanks to your Microsoft subscription:
Teams is Microsoft’s dedicated collaboration platform, and it gives your business one place to communicate and work together through a variety of tools and features. Teams also integrates quite well with other Microsoft products, making it an extremely useful tool to have in your toolbox.
Microsoft’s free OneDrive storage is great for the individual user, but OneDrive for Business—the enterprise version—is even better, providing users the ability to share and access documents through a variety of devices and browsers. OneDrive is essentially a more private version of Sharepoint, and it gives you a collaboration and backup solution all in one, all while providing access to resources and documents based on permissions assigned to your users.
Sharepoint and OneDrive are similar in that they both allow document sharing to occur, but Sharepoint is more of an intranet solution, allowing your employees to share information and create process-based applications that integrate well with the platform. It’s a versatile and dynamic collaboration tool that offers a ton of possibilities for any type of business.
Scheduling appointments can be difficult, especially when your schedule is so jam-packed that it’s bursting at the seams. Sometimes it is easier to provide your clients with times you are available and let them do the work for you. This is what Microsoft Bookings does; it provides you with a platform that your clients can use to claim a time slot.
Azure Information Protection
Data security is important, and Azure Information Protection can help by providing an additional layer of defense to your data, particularly for those who are outside the realm of your business. Access permissions give you full control over who can and cannot access specific parts of your infrastructure, making collaboration both easy and secure.
Intune is a platform which allows you to control your business’ data on both employee-owned devices and company-owned devices. It effectively helps you utilize mobile devices without putting your security at risk.
Power Automate and Power BI Pro
Automation is a topic that is increasingly popular in the business world, and Microsoft’s Power applications—Power Automate and Power BI (Business Intelligence) Pro—provide opportunities for companies to achieve more with less. Your organization could chain together various processes through applications with no coding. You can also sort through your business’ data and organize it in a way that provides your company with insights into its operations.
We’ll Help You Put Your Resources to Optimal Use
If you want to take your operations to the next level in spite of Microsoft’s price increase, we can help you get the most value out of your platforms. To learn more, reach out to us at 1-855-405-8889.