What is Office 365 business?
Microsoft Office 365 Business is a cloud-based digital subscription service, or suite of digital applications, that encompasses the complete Microsoft Office product line. Together, these applications enable businesses to improve collaboration, enhance teamwork, increase productivity, leverage advanced business analytics and manage information with out-of-the box software that requires relatively low maintenance and upkeep.
Business Applications in Office 365
Beyond the traditional Office 365 productivity tools – namely OneDrive, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher – Office 365 Business incorporates a number of powerful applications for a variety of business purposes and use cases. The most notable of these applications are:
Microsoft SharePoint is a web-based collaboration and content management. In short, organizations use SharePoint to create websites. These SharePoint websites are more prominently used for internal purposes (commonly referred to as intranets or portals), however you can also use SharePoint to create external public-facing websites. SharePoint intranets allow you to create a secure place to store, organize, manage, share and access information across any digital device and can significantly improve collaboration, employee engagement and productivity at your organization.
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Microsoft Power BI
Microsoft Power BI is an innovative business analytics and reporting service that comes with Office 365. Power BI can enable your business to transfer data into insights with customizable, rich, interactive visualizations that can be shared on any device leveraging the Power BI desktop and mobile applications. With Power BI, you can gather data from a variety of sources – including Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, IBM, Google Analytics and more – to create the reports you need. Highlights on Power BI include:
- Recognized by Gartner as a leader in analytics and business intelligence (BI) services for 12 consecutive years
- Leader in enterprise business intelligence (BI) platforms in the Forrester Wave report
Dynamics 365 is an industry-leading customer-relationship-management (CRM) platform with powerful tools and applications for sales, customer service, field service, finance, retail, marketing and more. Dynamics 365 enables businesses to make better decisions pertaining to marketing and sales with data-driven insights, enhance customer relationships and improve operational efficiencies with process automation and workflows. Prominent organizations such as HP, Renault Sport, Michael Hill and much more use Dynamics 365 as their CRM tool.
Microsoft Flow is a powerful way to create automated workflows between your Office 365 applications without having to code or implement custom software. For example, you can set up automated document routing and approval processes to enforce company policies more efficiently, implement a flow to automatically capture Tweets and add them as leads in Dynamics 365 or other CRM tools and much more. With Microsoft Flow, the possibilities to optimize your processes and make your business more efficient are endless.
Microsoft Teams is a business chat and video meeting service within Office 365, available as a cloud-based application on desktop (Windows and Mac OS) and mobile (Android, iOS, and Windows). Teams takes business chat software to the next level by being able to integrate various other tools – including other Office 365 applications – onto the same platform where you communicate with coworkers, thus drastically simplifying the collaboration experience.
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Microsoft PowerApps – as part of Office 365 – enables employees to create custom business applications with no code. With PowerApps, you can rapidly build apps with a point-and-click, drag-and-drop approach to app design and either choose from a large selection of templates or build from scratch.
The Benefits of Office 365
Microsoft’s mission is to empower every individual and every business to achieve more. Office 365 Business plays a significant part in making this happen. With the powerful Office 365 applications in place, employees can be more effective by utilizing powerful software that enables to complete tasks in new, innovative ways and far more efficiently.
Office 365 enables organizations and their employees to collaborate, share and communicate despite physical boundaries due to holistic collaboration tools run on cloud-based infrastructure that enables any time, any device access.
Powerful CRM and data analytics tools enable businesses to learn and know more about their customers, their industry and their operations. With these tools in place, your organization can better serve customers and refine business processes to optimize how you work, ultimately leading to an increase in the bottom line.
Manage Information Securely
Backed by the Microsoft cloud, Office 365 enables your organization to safely and securely store critical content, data and information without the headaches and costs associated with running your own servers.
MRS and Office 365
MRS is a leading provider of Microsoft Office 365 services solutions for businesses. If your organization is considering adopting Office 365, you are curious as to what it can do for you, or you are looking to find a long-term Office 365 partner than can help you maximize ROI, we are here to help.
Highlights on the MRS Office 365 practice include:
- 10+ years of Microsoft Office experience
- 200+ Office 365-based projects completed for medium-sized business to enterprise
- Premier Microsoft Gold partner for 20 years
- Full-service Office 365 practice, including consulting, deployment, upgrades and migrations, holistic Microsoft cloud services, Office 365-based custom business applications and more