All types of organizations have always had to keep a close eye on their budget and make sure that the dollars they spend are spent wisely. Budgets are tight for non- and for-profit organizations alike but the challenges mostly remain the same and trying to operate without the right tools can impede or even thwart success. Having effective collaboration and productivity tools are especially critical but, in the past, they could be cost-prohibitive. Tools such as professional, business class email and website, web-conferencing, internal portal for your team, storage space for your people’s documents, and more are an essential need for all, no matter the size, but many, especially in the SMB and nonprofit space, have unable or barely able to afford the cost of the proper tools. As a result, they tend resort to using Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo for the email and free website spaces for their website which makes them look very unprofessional. They have people, staff, vendors, and possibly even clients, that they are unable to collaborate with in a timely manner and their experience productivity loss on a daily basis. All of these challenges add up to revenue loss which perpetuates a vicious cycle.
Today, there are now choices that give businesses and organizations those valuable tools at an affordable price through the “CLOUD”. What is the cloud, you might ask? It is a dawning of a new technological g where such needed tools become more affordable and are always up-to-date since the company offering those tools offer them as a service instead of the traditional, and typically expensive, pay-up-front model. Now, these tools are available as a low monthly subscription. This new model can also be helpful because it changes that expense from a capital expense to an operating expense. Some tools even help with data backup and emergency restoration.
One such platform of tools is from Microsoft. It is called Office 365 and it is the affordable answer you and your organization have been looking for. If you are 501(c)3 non-profit, then it gets even better because it can be FREE (or super low cost). If you are a 501(c)6 nonprofit, you may be able to participate in a half price program which is now available through April.
So what does Office 365 include? Prepare for your socks to be knocked off! Office 365 gives professional email (50 GB), web/audio/video conferencing for up to 250 people, instant messaging and presence, productivity and collaboration environment, personal storage to backup your files (1TB), Office web apps for Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote and Office Pro Plus on your desktop (depending on subscription level). There are also discounts for a public facing website! Loads of the tools you need to look professional, increase collaboration and productivity, and save money!
So, does this sound like what you have been missing? Well, just wait… there’s more:
Awesome, right? Right! So what are you waiting for? Grab a Microsoft Partner (like yours truly) and get started! Every moment you spend without it is money and productivity loss which you can’t afford to lose.