Office 365 Plans for Business

There are a variety of Office 365 plans. Some are for single users while others are for business. It can be difficult to know which would best fit your needs. Thankfully, Microsoft has made it easy to compare one to the other. The link below (Office 365 Subscription Plans) will enable you to view all of their offerings in one place. There are two Tabs: one labeled “Home” and the other labeled “Business.” Since most of our visitors are looking for “Business” solutions, that’s the Tab you should choose. The features offered and prices are compared side-by-side.  In subsequent posts, we will examine the different “Business” versions of Office 365.

If you want to explore Office 365 plans for an Enterprise level setting, you need to open the Products drop-down menu listed to the right of the word “Office” and select Enterprise.  Then choose “Compare Plans and Pricing” to compare the Enterprise plans available.  There are four plans described.  Future posts will compare and contrast them.

Take your time reviewing the comparisons among the choices. If you need help deciding which is appropriate for you, we would be happy to discuss them with you.  Just click on this Button and complete your contact information.

 

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Evolution or Transforming? Cloud Economics Applied

The economic realities of cloud are real. Today, how cloud is changing voice communications?

 

Businesses are seeing the value of what cellular technology and mobile phones have brought to consumers and are now wanting that same technology applied to business. From an economic perspective, the following advantages of cloud-hosted PBX solutions.

 

Operating Expense vs Capital Expense. Most businesses today want to defer spending as much as possible. Outlaying monies for equipment ties up much needed operating capital today with the hope that equipment provides some sort of long-term return. With cloud-hosted voice solutions, the outlay for capital is minimal (or zero), and the on-going costs are expensed monthly. Direct costs, direct value.

 

Predictable. How much does an on-premise system cost a business? Most of the time it is unknown. Why? Because so many cost items factor into the equation – line costs, hardware maintenance, software maintenance, equipment replacement, personnel cost to administer, etc. – that many businesses don’t really know. With cloud-hosted PBX, the cost is per-user-per-month. No guessing.

 

Scale up, scale down. The beauty of cloud. 30 employees today, 35 next week? No problem. 30 employees today, 28 next week, also not a problem. Need to spin-up a seasonal or temporary project number, no problem. Flexible. Powerful.

 

So, next time more on application of cloud economics, stay tuned …

 

[This series will be focusing on the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?”]

 

Evolution or Transforming? Transforming Business Economics

New business practices are developing daily. Today, how is cloud transforming economics of IT.

 

How is the cloud transforming business economics?

 

Cost of ownership. Remember when buying infrastructure, software, almost anything in IT, also carried with it a stream of continual costs? Cost to support, cost to maintain, cost to re-license, etc. The initial acquisition was only the tip of the iceberg. With cloud, think of a car rental. Pick what I want to drive, for the duration, and I pay for what I use. No more tires, oil changes, car washes, engine repair and on and on … Want Office and Email? How about $20 per month?

 

Cost to administer. The care and feeding of IT has also been a sore spot for many traditionally. Adding or deleting users, updating software, installing on system, deleting off systems … all a headache. Cloud IT is built from the ground-up to be consumable. It has to be or it fails. Think of it as a technology smoothie. Want to manage all your users across the US for hosted PBX? Here is your browser. Can you click checkboxes?

 

Consumptive cost model. The beauty of cloud. Variable, consumptive costs. I pay for what I use. No upgrade costs. No licenses to track. Per user, per month. Predictable. Scalable up or down. Bueno.

 

So, how do you apply these cloud economics to business? Stay tuned …

 

[This series will be focusing on the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?”]

 

 

 

Evolution or Transforming? Revolutionizing Business Practices

Last time we answered the question. Yes, the cloud is both evolutionary and transformative. Today, a look at examples.

 

How is the cloud revolutionizing business practices?

 

New paths to new business models. Business in the cloud can happen anywhere, at any time, by anyone. No geographic “location” to lease or buy as a business owner. No showroom to fund and refresh. No rules that typically constrain a go-to-market strategy, whether you are a mom-and-pop or multinational. Dream.

 

No barriers. A new formula etched in the proverbial cloud should be:

Mobile device + internet connection = new business.

 

No longer “sell and run.” Mentality of the cloud it long-term. That alone has meaning to those who get long-term. Customer service, great customer service, is mandatory for survival.

 

Ready for the cloud as a business and/or as a consumer? The next post will address the transforming of business economics.

 

[This series will be focusing on the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?”]

 

 

 

 

 

Evolution or Transforming? The answer is …

Yesterday, we looked at the numbers. Today, the answer to the question: Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming the way we consume IT?

 

YES!

 

For some organizations, the cloud is an evolution. Taking existing capabilities and changing how they are delivered. A great example are the capabilities traditionally delivered by Microsoft. Email, Office – now delivered via one platform in the cloud – Office365. Same capabilities, different delivery.

 

For other organizations, the cloud is a transformation. Taking existing capabilities and replace with something completely new. A local cloud company – TSheets – took time tracking from pencil and paper/Excel spreadsheet to a completely new paradigm and are enjoying tremendous success. Same result (tracking time) transformational process.

 

So, evolution or revolution? The cloud is both. How is it revolutionizing business, more on that tomorrow?

 

[This series will be focusing on the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?”]

 

 

What Can You Do With Office 365? Simplify IT Management

Simple. Management. Two words that mean a lot when paired with each other. For those who oversee IT, they are a match made in heaven. One of the biggest costs for an organization is managing IT and, for many, those cost are not easily identifiable, buried in the complexity of salaries, software cost, etc. With Office 365 the management and cost are simple to understand AND IT is easy to manage.

 

Our current blog series will be exploring Microsoft Office and its value today, especially to small- and medium-sized businesses. There is probably no greater value in the technology space than Office 365 … and we are going to give you a-reason-a-day during this blog series.

 

Simplify IT Management

 

Imagine a world with no hardware. I wonder if you can. Imagine a world with no licenses to manage. I wonder if you can. Imagine a world with one administration console for managing mail and productivity. Don’t wonder on all these … YOU CAN! With Office 365 you get simplified IT … and it all comes with your Office 365 subscription. Here are some details on what you can do.

 

NO Hardware: For running an Exchange environment, the name of the game is hardware: servers, disk drives, constant administration of mail stores, troubleshooting, etc. With Office 365, no more.

 

Back-Up: Oh, need another server to back-up your mail? Archive your documents? Store email for future audit? Again, do it with Office 365.

 

Office On-Demand: Imagine using Office on up to 5 devices, personal or work systems. Imagine accessing from your work Windows computer and your home MAC or tablet. Imagine traveling and accessing on your mobile. Imagine not worrying about upgrading Office upon every version change. Imagine with Office 365.

 

One Administration Console: can you manage Users, mail, policies, etc. from one place? You can with Office 365.

 

Looking to simplify? No worries. Office 365 has your simple.

The Office You Know – Office 365

 

Then, what are you waiting for? Click below and get your free trial of Office 365 E3 for free!

 

 

 

Hosted VoIP or Hosted PBX?

What is the difference? I hear these terms used interchangeably almost every day but are they the same? Let’s look at definitions.

 

What is VoIP?

 

VoIP stands for “Voice over Internet Protocol” and refers to sending communications across an IP-based network vs. the traditional proprietary voice network of yester-year. Starting in the early 2000’s, technology enabled voice traffic to run on these existing data networks eliminating the need for different cabling, separate protocols, proprietary equipment, etc.

 

What is PBX?

PBX stands for “private branch exchange.” In the old days, when the Bell System had a monopoly on telecommunications, the calls were “exchanged” by these large PBX systems sitting in non-discrete brick buildings. Later, as the capabilities moved on-premise, especially in large businesses, where 100’s of phones needed to be routed locally.

 

What about the term “hosted”?

 

This term, when thrown in front of either of these terms, means that customers are getting these services from the cloud vs. having their own on-premise. So, hosted VoIP vs. hosted PBX – the same or different? We will pick this up tomorrow.

 

 

Making your business communication system an asset is what Soteria is all about: You Connecting to the world of business. Soteria is proud to introduce our new site for all-things cloud PBX – uconnect.soteria365.com.  What will you find on the site? Explore.

 

Ask for a free trial or quote today. Or, if you would like to discuss Soteria’s portfolio of uConnect offerings, please schedule a time to connect! (Click HERE)

 

 

Net Neutrality – 6 Reasons Why It WILL NOT Make the Internet Better

A great dissection of the debate around net “neutrality.”

Post by Stu Burguiere.

The Net Neutrality Debate – Part 2

Have you heard about the latest proposals from the FCC on “net neutrality?” Do you care? If you don’t, you should.

 

One of the false promises, in my view, of the proposed regulation is that the FCC Chairman says that the proposal will not impose rate regulation or tariffs on Internet services. What about future commissions Mr. Wheeler? When the dust settles and politicians see a money source, will they change their minds? The current commissions cannot bind the actions of future commissions.

 

Even if they don’t deal with pricing directly, how many people, processes and capital will businesses have to employ to meet compliance and reporting obligations? Does Mr. Wheeler think those things will not come at a price and for what? The consumer and businesses will foot the bill.

 

Bottom line: net neutrality is a solution looking for a problem. The government sold us down the road with the Affordable Care Act – which was not “affordable” as promised. Be sure that net neutrality will not be “neutral” to either your pocketbook or your access.

 

 

Making your business communication system an asset is what Soteria is all about: You Connecting to the world of business. Soteria is proud to introduce our new site for all-things cloud PBX – uconnect.soteria365.comWhat will you find on the site? Explore.

 

Ask for a free trial or quote today. Or, if you would like to discuss Soteria’s portfolio of uConnect offerings, please schedule a time to connect! (Click HERE)