Office 365 has gained quite a lot of popularity of late, with small and large businesses coming to know the benefits of using a cloud based platform to drive simplified collaborative work at a straightforward cost.
A trend that started in fortune 500 companies is now being picked up by smaller startups and has now been adopted by approximately 80% fortune 500s. This is because a cloud based, constantly evolving software suite is well placed to meet most companies unique and ever changing needs.
Office 365 migrations offer myriad business advantages
For any business, an Office 365 migration is a momentous occasion. Not only will your IT staff breathe a sigh of relief, but your business will reap the benefits of new tools, rolling no-stress updates, and bolstered productivity with routines and workflows. In sum, productivity and effectiveness will skyrocket.
Although the most commonly cited benefit of migrating to Office 365 is the substantial cost reductions, the advantages go far beyond that. Case and point, here are 5 reasons below!
1) Certainty in costs
No nasty surprises for your carefully planned budget. What you see is what you get.
With a fixed rate, subscription plans for Office 365 allow certainty in software expenses that is otherwise hard to come by. This is incredibly important when planning your budget and business operations expenses. On a related note, Microsoft manages Office 365 upgrades and additional functions, so you needn’t worry about expensive migration projects that were once the norm for an enterprise level microsoft customer.
Fortunately, once all is said and done you can compare the respective prices of Office 365 and your current software suite by analysing your past spendings on microsoft products and management. From this you can easily compare what the flat rate would be for Office 365 over that period. Disclaimer, you may be annoyed you didn’t migrate sooner.
2) Synchonise business operations and collaboration across locations
In today’s global economy and interconnected world, it is becoming more and more common place for employees, contractors and others to work together from different locations. Without an appropriate cloud based software suite, businesses in such positions are left with the options of expanding their current on the premises IT infrastructure of build additional data centers in order to support collaborative work between additional locations. Globalisation can certainly entail some headaches for IT professionals.
Enter, Office 365…
Scaling your business up or down over multiple locations becomes a simple matter with a cloud based software suite. According to your requirements, you can adjust the number of licenses you need for Office 365 without the logistical issues usually associated with such expansion.
3) Improve inter- and intra-organisational communication
Not only can physical separation cause headaches for traditional on the premises software suites, inter-departmental and project separation can severely affect the cohesiveness and efficiency of strategic business unit operations. Sadly, separation between departments and strategic business units can often diminish communication which in-turn makes overall business objectives less likely to be achieved.
Such worries are a figment of the past with Office 365’s collaboration and communication functionalities. The suite features such as Exchange Online, Yammer, Office Groups, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business and more! You can utilise that to streamline communication and cultivate collaboration, whereby staff can seamlessly share ideas and files between departments, projects, devices and locations.
4) Boost productivity
All the previous benefits add up to one very important objective. That is, to stramline business operations and make every second of work more productive! But Office 365 isn’t just about helping you get stuff done faster. It’s purpose is to reinvent how you do it!
In a globally interconnected world where productivity is key. It is imperative to have your familiar offoce applications on a range of devices that you can have, wherever you are. Whether you catch up with work whilst waiting for a friend, work on a project with a coffee catch-up with a colleague, use your morning commute or a conference call with a client for maximum efficiency, Office 365 will help you make it happen.
5) Supercharge IT operations
If you work in IT then you’ll probably know the pain involved in expanding and maintaining an on the premises Office suite. The layers upon layers of technical requirements, unmet dependencies, and other moving parts, there’s a whole lot of opportunities for things to go wrong. Implementing one update can trigger a domino effect of linked upgrades and incompatibilities occur. Migrating to Office 365 takes the stress out of keeping software up to date, and speeds up IT operations. Leaving Microsoft Office configuration to Microsoft means you can turn your attention to other important tasks that you may need to do.
So call Keycomm today, and wait for all this to be set up!
ISDN nearing End of Life – There’s time to change over
As part of the NBN rollout, soon copper network services will be discontinued by Telstra.
This will happen in stages, giving business time to adjust to the changes.If there are any changes in the NBN rollout schedule, the dates may vary where Cease of Services are applicable.
Type of affected service
Cease of Sale Date for existing services
Disconnection of service/s. Please refer to the following notes.
Affected Services Type 1: ISDN, ISDN10/20/30, Frame Relay: including ISDN2 Enhanced, ISDN Dual Node, ISDN Diverse access, ISDN Backup, Argent (including Argent Dedicated, Argent Connect, Argent TAS, Argent Dail), Business IP Frame Relay, Connect IP Frame Relay and Frame Relay used to connect into IPCOIN.
30 June 2018
(Configuration, software and record changes only)
For areas that have rollout region Disconnection Date (DD) that falls on or before 30 September 2019, the DD will be 30 September 2019
For areas that have a rollout region DD that falls after 30 September 2019, the DD will be as per the rollout region disconnection timetable.
Telstra will communicate these final exit dates and any other information closer to the date. All Geographic regions will be taken off Affected services type 1 by 2022.
What you need to do
As your trusted partner, we’re here to help you make a transition to available alternative solutions.
To make your migration easier, let us do an audit of your services, assess how your business will be affected and we can discuss your migration options.
Once the NBN network becomes available in your area, you’ll need to transfer your services.
Need more information?
If you need us to look at your services and suggest the best option for you post NBN, please call our sales team on 1300 755 615.
Internet access you can rely on Telstra Internet Direct is a secure, high-performance internet service with exceptional availability and scalability. It is designed to support business-critical operations and provide a consistent, quality experience for your staff and customers.
With Telstra Internet Direct, you have a dedicated, carrier-grade link to one of the largest internet backbones in Australia – providing greater national coverage – as well as the global internet. We offer more Points of Presence in Australia than other providers, plus more than 900 Points of Presence world-wide for ease and speed of access.
Our high capacity network has full redundancy and inbuilt security, backed by proactive monitoring and management. You also have the assurance of 24/7 helpdesk support, while an online portal lets you view, troubleshoot and manage your service. Telstra Internet Direct gives you the flexibility to choose from a wide range of carriage types, speeds, usage and pricing, the option of IPv6 addressing, as well as a range of additional services.
An individual, secure, uncontested carrier-grade connection to the internet
Helps you avoid congestion and configuration issues
Direct access to one of Australia’s largest internet backbones through more than 88 Points of Presence locally. All capital city access points are connected with minimum 10 Gbps links
to the core network with a maximum of only two hops
Ease of access to your business across all Australian capital cities and many regional areas with faster speeds
Dedicated internet infrastructure in over 15 countries and more than 900 Points of Presence globally through our partners
Minimised hops internationally for better performance
High levels of clear bandwidth capacity over optical fibre
Helps to reduce latency and packet loss during data transit
Built in security measures at multiple layers and devices
Helps keep your communications and online transactions safe and private
24/7 monitoring and management of our network plus full redundancy
High levels of availability to support your operations
Technical helpdesk, plus a dedicated online helpdesk
Helps to ensure any issues are resolved quickly
A wide choice of data access methods including ADSL, Ethernet Lite, IP Gateway, E-Line, Optic Wave™ and Ethernet MAN (with the exception of satellite and cable)
Flexibility to have the access type that suits different site requirements
A wide range of speeds from 512kbps with Ethernet Lite to 1Gbps with Ethernet MAN and 10Gbps with E-Line and Optic Wave™
Choose the speed that matches your business needs at each site
A choice of pricing plans
Enables you to combine economy with performance.
For Unlimited Plan Users: have greater flexibility through on-demand bandwidth features and your routers will have an enhanced feature for allocating bandwidth to your users.
For ‘Limited’ Plans Users: gain greater flexibility from shared bandwidth allowances.
CustData online portal – a secure portal accessible by most web browsers with easy navigation lets you:
check monthly usage reports
manage usage threshold alerts
configure services eg routing
use performance reporting tools
manage contact details
View and manage your service performance, plan network capacity and budget requirements
Network Visibility online tool
Allows you to assess your network path and routing information, and self-diagnose network issues without needing to contact us.
Static IP addressing
Enables you to host your own content – additional IP addresses are available on request
Option of IPv6 addressing across Ethernet MAN, Ethernet Lite, or Ethernet Line
Future-ready – use the new addressing protocol when you need to
Optional services – Telstra Internet Direct
can integrate with compatible Telstra services, such as Security Services, Cloud Services (through Co-location), and equipment via Managed Data Networks
Combine extra services to suit your business and have the simplicity of one contact point
It’s the Office you know, plus tools to help you work better together, so you can get more done—anytime, anywhere.
With Office 2016, you regularly get new and improved features. Take a look below to see what’s available to you today and come back later to find out what else has been added.
If you’re new to Office or new to an app, check out the Office 2016 Quick Start Guides. If you want to learn about available training, visit the Office Training Center. If you want to find out why you should upgrade to Office 2016, watch this video.
Work with others simultaneously on a document regardless of the device you’re using.
In Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Just click the Share button in the Ribbon for easy sharing right from your Office documents. See who has access to a given document and who is currently working in the document, and change individual authoring permissions for any document you own.
Collect any and all relevant information (e.g., photos, videos, clippings, drawings,…) in one central location, work with others, and watch the app sync changes within seconds.
As you collaborate with others in a document, see where others are working and view their edits as they happen.
Attach a document from your recent items and share them from OneDrive or SharePoint with email recipients. Also configure sharing permissions so that all the recipients have access to the attached file without having to leave the app.
The Clutter feature learns how you prioritize your mail and then helps you by putting low priority messages in a separate folder (while still giving you a daily summary so you don’t miss anything). When on the go, you can also take advantage of this capability by using the Focused Inbox.
Improved Version History
In Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Refer back to previous snapshots and earlier drafts of documents during the editing process as you collaborate with others.
With one simple click, create forecast charts based on historical data and predict future trends. This new capability uses the industry standard Exponential Smoothing (ETS) algorithm to give you reliable forecasting data.
New Chart Types
In Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Visualize financial or hierarchical data, and highlight statistical properties of your data with new chart types: Treemap, Waterfall, Pareto, Histogram, Box and Whisker, and Sunburst.
Export Data Source Information to Excel
Get a list of all the linked data sources from your Access database application into Excel for reference.
More Flexible Timelines
Not only leverage multiple timelines to illustrate different phases or categories of work, but also set the start and end dates for each timeline separately, to paint a clearer overall picture of the work involved.
Better Control over Resource Scheduling
Negotiate an agreement, called a resource engagement, to make sure that resources with limited availability are being used appropriately and effectively throughout your organization.
Improved Data Connectivity
In Visio Professional
Connecting your diagram to Excel data is now just one step away. Make sure there is a one-to-one match between values in an Excel column and the text for each shape on the diagram, and simply click Quick Import on the Data tab.
Take advantage of the many redesigned shapes that are now available. In Visio Professional, the Basic Electrical template now has shapes that are compliant with the IEEE standard. In Visio Standard, the Office Layout shapes have been updated. Also check out the Starter diagrams to quickly get going.
Better Together with Windows 10
In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Mail, Calendar, and OneNote
Take the Office mobile apps for a spin and find out why they are the perfect option for on-the-go productivity. They help you do great work anywhere, anytime, with documents in full fidelity across all your Windows 10 devices.
In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Project, Visio, and Publisher
Pick the Office theme that’s right for you. The Dark Gray theme provides a high contrast look and feel that is easy on the eyes. The Colorful theme offers a modern and fresh look. The White theme provides a traditional Office look.
In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Project, Visio, and Access
Simply type what you want to do in the app using your own words, and then Tell Me will guide through the process as well as offer additional resources.
In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook
Fact-check or explore terms in your documents with Bing-powered Smart Lookup. Simply highlight terms in your document and use this feature to bring in search results from the web right into your reading or authoring environment.
In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook
Access your Office documents from anywhere and any device by saving them to OneDrive, pick up anywhere you left off, and co-author with others from the comfort of your office or home, or even on the go.
Use Skype to check in and collaborate with someone using Instant Messaging (IM), voice, video, or screen sharing. Also join online meetings while on the go using the Skype for Business mobile app. See who is online, IM meeting participants, and follow along when a presenter shares his screen – all from your tablet or phone.
In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook
Easily switch from one device to the next without missing a beat. View and edit your Office documents across Windows, Android, and Apple devices. Review, edit, analyze, and present with a consistent look and familiar user experience across your devices.
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Office Mobile is pre-installed on the new Lumia 950 to help you do more on the go. The Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar apps are touch-friendly and easy to use. Access your docs from anywhere, then share, review and add comments, so you won’t miss a beat when you’re on the move. You can even use the Office apps on your phone like a PC with Office support for Continuum.
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Global Internet Of Everything Market To Reach $23.97 Trillion By 2020
Here are some big numbers to think about! One of the hottest markets on the planet is the Internet of Everything (IoE) that is termed as being the next level of Internet of things.
While the latter has been in the news everywhere, researchers are already shifting their focus to IoE, which is basically the combination of person to person (P2P), machine to machine (M2M) and person to machine (P2M) connections.
This is nerdy stuff, but how does it impact our lives?
IoE technology allows smart devices to intelligently communicate with each other over the Internet, collect, analyze and process the data without requiring the involvement of people, and delivering information to users on demand.
IoE market is still in its infancy, there are signs of skyrocketing demand and rapid growth in this highly important field, thinking of target marketing, data and reach.
Fueled by interest not just from consumer and enterprise sector, but government too.
The global IoE market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 15.3% in five years, that being 2015 to 2020, with major companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Qualcomm and Cisco planning to create and bring to market their products and services to support this growth.
All preparing for the time when more than a billion devices connect to the Internet, and generate massive amounts of data in the process.
Interesting times, straight ahead! Is your website accessible on a phone? Do you think about this when you look at your marketing planning & projections?
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