Microsoft has made great strides over the years to become a cloud-based vendor. Plenty of organizations likely already use the tech giant's Office productivity suite, but some may not know there is a new iteration designed to function anywhere at any time. Office 365 is available through a cloud environment, enabling employees to complete documents, collaborate with coworkers, and participate in video conferences outside of the office.
Although Office 365 offers much broader functionality than the standard Office suite, have businesses ditched the old and embraced the newer solution? WindowsITPro contributor Tony Redmond did his best to figure out how the cloud-based alternative has fared so far. In November 2013, Microsoft reported an annual run-rate of $1.5 billion, which he surmised meant the vendor had more than 15.6 million paid subscriptions.
In July of 2014, Microsoft Corporate Vice President John Case said annual run-rates of Office 365 were $2.5 billion, up 67 percent in just nine months. Going by his previous estimations, Microsoft's subscribership is now approaching 30 million strong.
"Given that the majority of Office 365 users are coming from customers who are shutting down old on-premises deployments (like Exchange 2003), that's a lot of mailboxes moving to the cloud," Case added.
Make the transition as easy as possible
Office 365's rapid growth means a lot of organizations are first-time adopters of cloud computing services. Businesses that have yet to implement the cloud suite should not rush the process to try and get a leg up on the competition. Firms should use this opportunity to take a step back and find the right partner to make the most informed decisions pertaining to cloud environments and Microsoft products. This approach will position them to maximize their investments over the long run.
Case noted the transition from on-site deployments to cloud-based environments is not always the smoothest process, given that so much content - especially corporate mailboxes - is being transitioned to the new platform all at once. This is where a service provider, such as Summit 7 Systems, can help. Summit 7 Systems, delivers end-to-end cloud solutions that help customers achieve a successful cloud implementation, especially for Office 365 suites.
A successful cloud implementation requires:
- Stringent planning and analyzing client requirements
- Designing information architectures, systems, and governance plans
- Preparing Microsoft Exchange mailboxes and SharePoint content for a cloud migration
Summit 7 Systems provides assistance to all types of organizations to meet their cloud needs and Office 365 requirements from helping large companies better manage all of their IT assets, to assisting nonprofits and small businesses prepare their infrastructures for new solutions.
If your organization is considering a move to the cloud, contact Summit 7 Systems to ensure a successful implementation and migration.