Startups and Office 365: A Beginner’s Guide

June 12, 2017Manhattan Tech Support

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The question of whether startups should outsource parts of their business, and which parts are best outsourced, is hotly contested. Some view it as a waste of valuable capital, others see it as an excellent way of freeing your employees up to use their time where it’s best spent.

Among the areas often considered best suited for outsourcing are the IT needs of the company. In particular, office 365 support and office 355 migration are two services that are best handled by trained professions.

But Wait, Isn’t That Just Word?
While Word, Excel, and Access are all components, Office 365 benefits have exploded in recent years. Today, these Office 365 benefits include encrypted cloud-hosted email and cloud storage, as well as two popular new programs: SharePoint, an advanced shared document storage and management system; and Microsoft Teams, a group chat tool that allows for faster messaging than traditional email allows.

But Why Can’t I Just Set That Up?
You can! But for all the advantages of using Office 365, there still remains a significant learning curve for the software. Office 365 support options will allow you to optimize your utilization of the software and train your staff to be as efficient as possible.

If you are switching to Microsoft 365 from another type of program, then there is also the difficult process of Office 365 migration.

What is Migration?
Migration is the process by which your companies documents and information are moved from their previous home, whether that is a LAN based server or another cloud based system.

In order to protect your company, you must not only ensure that your migration is through, but also that your sensitive information is well protected against a cyber threat. As 58% of sensitive information stored in the cloud is in office documents (30% alone on Excel), it is important that you have the infrastructure in place to protect your documents.

About That Learning Curve
While many aspects of Microsoft have become second nature, even fairly well-known programs such as Access can cause problems for first-time users. If your startup is making the switch to Office 365, then it might be prudent to seek outside help with training. Even if your staff is technologically competent, training can greatly reduce the amount of time spent adjusting. That can have a huge benefit for your new business.

While Microsoft 365 has been around since 2011, the products are among the fastest evolving business software on the market. If you have a startup, it might be tempting to forgo outsourcing the implementation of Office 365 to cut costs. But hiring an expert in office 365 benefits your business far more than it costs.

Manhattan Tech Support provides the best Office 365 support NYC has to offer. Contact us today to see what our Office 365 admin can do for your startup.

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