If you’re looking at almost any website featuring Office 365, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s just about email in the cloud and an up-to-date version of the traditional Office suite. At TSG, we want to help you get more from Office 365. And there is so much more.
Served from UK datacentres, Office 365 is proven to increase productivity and performance, and when used to its full potential delivers 154% ROI.
TSG can help you on your journey to full utilisation of Office 365 and ultimately on your digital transformation journey. From Office 365 support to Microsoft Office 365 renewals, training and Microsoft 365 planner, the team at TSG can support you with your Office 365 requirements.
How can Office 365 support you in complete digital business transformation?
Not on the ladder, yet
Your starting point on the Office 365 journey will be familiar; you’ll likely be using on premise Microsoft Exchange, maybe an old version, with an aging email server and the perennial issue of mailbox size. Your migration to the cloud will be limited, if you’ve started the move at all. It’s likely that your users are on different versions of Office suites.
You may be aware of Office 365 but don’t know much about it beyond emails in the cloud and an updated Office suite. This is where TSG’s experts come in. With our extensive experience, not only in the full Microsoft story but in Office 365 and SharePoint particularly, we’re expertly placed to help you implement Office 365 from the early stages right through to full digital transformation.
Taking your first step
Moving your emails into the cloud is a critical initial step on the Office 365 journey, and there are two options. You can use a standalone Exchange Online plan or, for only 80p extra per user per month, you can sign up for Office 365 Business Edition. Even on this basic Office 365 package you’ll have access to Teams, Skype, OneDrive, Yammer, SharePoint and web versions of your Office suite. This will likely be your first use of the browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and so on, but you’ll find it’s less intimidating than you think.
You’ll probably want to focus on fixing your email issues and those bloated inboxes first. Depending on which package you choose, and TSG can help you identify the most suitable package, you might also want to configure security and compliance settings. TSG’s Office 365 specialists are expertly placed to support you in configuring your compliance and security settings, with regular exams and certifications undertaken to prove their knowledge and skills are always up-to-date.
To keep all of your new Office 365 data safe, it’s also worth considering Backupify at this point.
Opening Pandora's box
You’ve got the essentials of Office 365 nailed down and your staff is comfortable using both cloud and on premise versions of Word, Excel and so on. You know that there are more tools that are available as part of Office 365 but having never used them before, you’re not sure where to start.
Seeing all of the available applications in your dashboard can be intimidating, but that shouldn’t put you off. We run a series of workshops and webinars dedicated to demystifying the wealth of Office 365 applications at your fingertips. Our Office 365 experts provide live demos of innovative tools including Planner, Teams, PowerApps and Flow, and are on hand to answer your burning questions.
If you don’t believe us, check out some of the feedback we’ve received on our Office 365 workshops:
The Office 365 workshop was extremely valuable, and I learnt a great deal about how to maximise the software not only for our marketing team, but for the business as a whole. I would highly recommend this workshop to my colleagues, and to other organisations using 365 or looking to make the transition.
Margot Rayner, Marketing and Events Coordinator, The Chartered Banker Institute
I thoroughly recommend TSG's Office 365 workshop. It has opened my eyes to how powerful and beneficial Office 365 can be working in our company.
Paul Harrison, IT Manager, Cobweb Information
For ongoing training requirements, 365 Cloud Academy provides a great self-service learning tool with new bite-sized videos added all the time.
Getting serious about getting serious
Once you’ve got to grips with some of Office 365’s newer apps and features, it’s time to take a closer look at its comprehensive security features. You’ll likely be looking at using the Enterprise Mobility + Security to manage some security across apps, devices, users and data. Intune helps keep your sensitive, business-critical data secure without compromising the mobile experience. You can determine the rights of your users, such as resetting their own passwords and joining groups, and manage single sign on.
Once you’ve got your basic user-level and administrator-level security in place, you can start to build upon that using Microsoft’s extensive security features, ensuring you protect your business-critical data. The natural first step up is using multi-factor authentication, reducing the chance of hackers or spoofers accessing your colleagues’ Office 365 accounts.
Everything organised and in its place
By now you’re comfortable with Office 365 and it’s time to make the step up to a tool that was once only available to large enterprises: SharePoint. It’s one of the most versatile collaboration and document management tools to exist and now comes as standard with Office 365. With SharePoint you can build better business processes, achieve compliance and maintain digital and physical assets.
SharePoint is a powerful document management solution that can help you maintain accreditations by rigorously controlling your documents and processes. Our experts have deployed thousands of innovative and cost-saving SharePoint solutions and can work with your business to produce a genuinely tailored solution designed to tackle your organisation’s toughest processes and challenges. You might not realise when you’re using the apps, but SharePoint actually underpins a number of Office 365 tools including Teams and Planner.
You’re now heading towards complete business transformation, and there’s still more Office 365 functionalities that can help you achieve that.
Transformed - digitally
The final step in your journey of digital transformation with Office 365 is to utilise the entire suite of applications. PowerApps, Flow, MyAnalytics and Power BI will take your use of Office 365 to the next level and help you achieve business transformation by automating processes and providing you with powerful analytics.
PowerApps allows you to create custom apps and forms without coding, which read from and write back to SharePoint and can be built with data you already hold in over 120 apps. When combined with Flow, you can automate end-to-end processes from the simple to the complicated, with even more connectors available.
Power BI embeds into your existing Microsoft solutions to provide real-time, powerful business intelligence that can inform key business decisions and drive efficiency. We’ve covered a number of these applications in previous webinars, and our Office 365 experts will be delivering another series dedicated to showcasing these transformational tools. What’s more, we’re planning even more Office 365 webinars showing you how to tap into the potential of Office 365.