From lockdown to liberation: How Microsoft 365 drives business transformation

Ever feel like there are too many 365s in the world? First, you had Office 365, giving you simple access to Microsoft Office for a monthly subscription. Now there’s Microsoft 365, which brings together Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) – and you’re being asked to upgrade from one to the other.

But is it worth it?

The simple answer is yes. And I’m not just saying that because I love Microsoft. It’s because our customers are proving that the transition will transform the way you work.

Recently, I’ve seen how moving to Microsoft 365 has benefitted two of our customers operating in highly regulated sectors.

Attracting top talent in the defence sector

The first organisation works in the defence sector. They operate at such a high level of security classification that their systems were completely locked down. Staff had very little opportunity to work flexibly. They also couldn’t use the productivity and collaboration tools they wanted to. This had a huge impact on the firm’s ability to attract top talent. Let’s face it: today’s brightest candidates don’t want to be bound to a desk. And they don’t want to work with antiquated tools if they can work more freely elsewhere.

Microsoft 365 addresses this problem by bringing together the freedom of Office 365 and the security of EMS. Staff can work flexibly on any device in any location. The company is attracting more talent. And the business is protecting itself with security measures that comply with the highest levels demanded by the Ministry of Defence.

Helping councils meet government objectives

And it’s not just new ways of working. Microsoft 365 is also helping organisations meet cost reduction targets set by the government. One of our local authority customers, like many councils, is looking to reduce property costs by making smarter use of its space. Their new property plan includes hot-desking and remote working, however, when it came to implementation they ran into problems with compliance and data protection.

Again, Microsoft 365 provided the solution. The Office 365 component gives council staff the ability to work flexibly from anywhere, while the security built into Microsoft 365 ensures compliance with government security requirements. Meaning full flexible working with protection against malware and ransomware attacks. The solution also allows the selective wipe of company data should a device be lost or stolen. And the end result is that the council’s property rationalisation scheme is back on track.

How could you benefit?

The key message from these examples is that Microsoft 365 will provide a productive and secure working environment that aligns with business transformation goals.

Talk to our experts and learn how your business can benefit from upgrading to Microsoft 365.

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