10 Myths about moving to Office 365

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10 Myths about moving to Office 365

When considering Office 365 to power your organisation, you need to know the facts. Your business depends on it. Ready to learn which of the top ten Office 365 business cloud myths you may have thought were true—but aren’t?

Myth 1 – Office 365 is just Office tools in the cloud and can only be used online.

Office 365 is installed on your device, so it’s available even when you are offline. And you have a choice of storing data on-premises or in the cloud.

Myth 2 – If our data moves to the cloud, IT will no longer have control and IT jobs will be cut

IT isn’t rendered obsolete when you move to the cloud—but the headaches and time spent maintaining hardware and upgrading software are significantly reduced. IT can focus on becoming a value-added service broker, rather than a repair service.

Myth 3 – Keeping data on-premises is safer than in the cloud.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that on-premises systems aren’t inherently more secure than they’d be in the cloud. And, Microsoft Office 365 has a 99.9 percent
financially backed uptime guarantee.

Myth 4 – You have to move everything to the cloud; it is an all-or-nothing scenario.

Most implementations start with a hybrid approach, moving a single application, like email, and growing from there. The hybrid cloud creates a consistent platform that spans data centers and the cloud, simplifying IT and delivering apps and data to users on virtually any device, anywhere.

Myth 5 – Cloud migration is too much for my business to handle.

When considering how to move petabytes of data to the cloud, it’s easy to see why some people think “going cloud” is too big a challenge. Your service provider helps every step of the way with information and tips on firewall configurations, reverse proxy requirements, identity options, migration possibilities, and a phased approach for hybrid setups.

Myth 6 – Corporate spies, cyberthieves, and governments will have access to my data if it is in the cloud.

Your company remains the sole owner: You retain the rights, title, and interest in the data stored in Office 365. Strict controls and design elements prevent mingling of your data with that of other organisations.

Myth 7 – I have to learn all new tools to manage SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online shares the same familiar administration and management tools, whether your deployment is in the cloud, on location, or a hybrid of the two.  Although your customisations aren’t populated to the cloud, all the administrative controls remain the same.

Myth 8 – Skype and Skype for Business are one and the same.

Skype that you use at home is great for a small number of users and is free to use, unless you want to buy credit to make calls to landlines and mobiles. Skype for Business lets you add up to 250 people to online meetings, gives you enterprise-grade security, allows you to manage employee accounts, and is integrated into your Office apps.

Myth 9 – Email isn’t any simpler in the cloud.

By moving your business email to the cloud, you can rest easy knowing that the experts who created the software are taking care of the tricky maintenance work, while your IT team keeps control of your company’s capabilities and of how your employees use features. Software updates and fixes are delivered automatically as soon as they are released, and Exchange Online is always first in line for updates.

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