Are you starting a startup or thinking of starting one? If so, you may want to strongly consider the cloud. Why consider the cloud? Well, for the typical reasons: time and money. And while you are considering the cloud, you might as well consider one of the top clouds in the world: Microsoft's Office 365. Microsoft was recognized by Gartner as a leader in cloud in the Magic Quadrant since 2014 (latest blog here: http://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2016/01/31/microsoft-in-40-gartner-magic-quadrants-january-2016...) and Microsoft's cloud, Office 365, can save you both time and money.
You Don't Have All the Time in the World
You are starting a business and time has become an even more precious commodity than it already was. There are only 24 hours in a day after time to eat, sleep, rest, and take care of yourself and loved one, the time in a day is short.
Consider the time it takes to start up an business. Time with paperwork as well as possible office space planning and setup and hiring people can be a big investment of time. Setting up the company IT infrastructure can also be a time huge investment but you can get some of that time back. Imagine getting the tools on an infrastructure that you don't have to setup, only have to subscribe to. Office 365 (Not to be confused with Office. Learn the difference here) contains all of these things that most startups (as well as established organizations) need:
Speaking of security, it is secure and compliant, all without you having to lift a finger. If you go to http://trustoffice365.com, you can read all about Microsoft's compliance, security, privacy and transparency measures. Namely, the following:
Leveraging the cloud as your company's infrastructure can minimize some of the time you would spend setting it all up from scratch. And speaking of time…
Time is Money
Time is money so saving time is equal to saving money. The less time you spend setting those parts up the more time you can devote to other things and the less money you have to devote at your payrate or at your IT person's payrate to do something that is already done. Why recreate the wheel? Check out this blog and this whitepaper for a more in-depth look at the return on investment (ROI) that Office 365 offers.
Money is Money
So how much does it cost? Check this out!
Full Enterprise plans pricing chart with features: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/compare-more-office-365-for-business-plans
Full Business plans pricing chart here: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/compare-office-365-for-business-plans
When you take those costs and compare them to how much it would cost to buy the server, the Office software, tools that enable mobility and backup recovery, tools for collaboration for each of your employees, you can easily see the cost savings. So get Microsoft's cloud, Office 365, and watch your ROI grow!
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