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Microsoft Office 365 Aligns With the Modern Workplace

27 Aug 2015 by Jessica Hall

It’s easy to forget the little — and not so little — things technology does for us every day at the office. In fact, we don’t notice until the corporate network goes down or we leave our device at home. We can’t get work done anywhere without technology because of how it has transformed the way we do business.

Tech has evolved from simple data, to intelligence that helps businesses — and people — run better and smarter. Microsoft Office 365 is one such example. The cloud-based productivity suite blends business and technology, fulfilling the needs of modern companies and highly productive professionals.

Let’s look at three ways Office 365 aligns with trends in the workplace.

An increase in remote workers

In an effort to attract and retain top talent, many organizations are removing the constraint of physical location. According to Upwork, it’s estimated that one in three professionals will be hired to work remotely by 2020.

As professionals increasingly seek positions with flexibility, the ability to facilitate collaboration and productivity from anywhere is crucial. In alignment with this trend, Office 365 offers:

  • Exchange Online, allowing employees to email from anywhere
  • SharePoint Online, facilitating collaboration among personnel from anywhere
  • OneDrive, providing cloud-based file storage to enable workers to quickly and easily share and access assets
  • Skype for Business Online, allowing members of the workforce to connect face to face or via instant messaging

And there’s good reason to offer employees the flexibility of working from wherever they wish, whenever they want — it delivers real business value. Case in point, a Cornell University study uncovered that companies offering flexibility in the time and place that work occurred had one-third the turnover rate and a growth rate four times greater than more rigid organizations. 

The rise of the mobile workforce

According to an estimate from International Data Corporation (IDC), the number of U.S. mobile workers will increase at a stable rate over the next five years. IDC projects that the mobile workforce’s population will grow from 96 million in 2015 to 105 million in 2020.

Furthermore, 70% of offices use an open floor plan, facilitating collaboration away from a static desk or cubicle. For this reason, employees may opt to use tablets or smartphones as they move around the office.

To support the mobile workforce, Office 365 allows users to work on any device, accessing email on Exchange, collaborating via SharePoint, and finding and sharing files via OneDrive.

A migration to cloud

It’s no longer a new frontier — cloud is becoming the standard in organizations and many companies are transitioning data and workloads to the cloud. A recent survey revealed that 93% of businesses are leveraging cloud-based tools. As a cloud-based productivity suite, Office 365 supports today’s strategy to increase productivity while decreasing costs. Choosing the right provider can make it compliant and secure as well. When working with Office 365 through Insight, you can enjoy the benefits of cloud performance with a trusted industry leader, including:

  • Verified compliance for major industry standards
  • Assistance to comply with local industry regulations
  • Built-in security controls, customizable to your needs
  • Reliable upgrades and system support

With an end-to-end solution, Insight has devoted a number of resources to supporting our clients in setting up, transitioning to and managing Office 365. Interested in learning more about Insight’s services and Office 365 licensing options? Talk to a specialist.