A company’s technology infrastructure has gone far beyond just a way to create spreadsheets and store digital documents. Today, companies are dependent upon multiple digital tools to power their daily processes and workflows.
Without a comprehensive plan of integrated tools and managed IT services, companies can end up with multiple apps that are doing different things, but not communicating. This leads to problems like:
- Duplication of services
- Inability to automate
- Re-keying of information from one program into another
- Inability to gain a full picture of your business through integrated reporting
- Different security policies across different business apps
A way that companies can avoid ending up with a disconnected group of office tools is by choosing platforms that integrate multiple areas of your workflow to harness their collective capabilities.
It’s hard to find a company that does this better than Microsoft.
Office 365 is already the most popular cloud service in the world by user count and Windows the most popular operating system, with over 77% of the market share. Building on their reputation for world-class productivity tools and IT infrastructure, they brought out a service that combines several of their best tools called Microsoft 365.
What is Microsoft 365 Enterprise?
Microsoft 365 packages several tools that many offices are already using into a powerful suite of products. The basics include:
- Office 365
- Windows 10
- Intune (mobile device management)
- Additional security tools
The enterprise versions offer multiple business-boosting benefits powered by their Azure cloud infrastructure.
With Microsoft 365 for Enterprise, companies can take advantage of even more of Microsoft’s integrated tools to do things like:
- Centralize all their apps and workflows with Microsoft Teams
- Use Forms and Flow to automate tasks and reduce manual entry
- Build custom business apps using Power Apps without needing to know code
- Use MyAnalytics and Workplace Analytics to harness organizational insights
- Dig deep into their data to drill down into the positive with Power BI
- Secure your users, data, and devices with Azure AD
Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3 & E5
The two options that give you Windows 10 Enterprise in a cloud-based platform are Microsoft Enterprise E3 and E5. They each include several Microsoft programs all bundled into a single subscription, with E5 being the more robust of the two.
Here is an example of some of the tools you get:
- Windows 10 Enterprise
- Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
- Office 365 ProPlus
- Azure Active Directory Premium
- Azure Advanced Threat Protection
- Azure Rights Management
- Microsoft Cloud App Security
- Microsoft Intune
- Exchange Online
- Data Loss Prevention
- Microsoft Forms
- Flow for Office 365
- Microsoft Kaizala Pro
- Microsoft Planner
- Microsoft Steam
- Power Bi Pro
- Power Apps
Microsoft 365 is designed to give you just about every tool you need in one plan from document creation to file storage to team communications and more.
How to Take Advantage of Microsoft 365 Enterprise Tools
Powering all your office processes from one platform not only reduces app redundancy it also can ensure a fluid transfer of information throughout your document chain. Here are some of the ways you can harness Microsoft 365 Enterprise to take your business to the next level.
Improve Endpoint & Network Security
Microsoft Enterprise 365 E5 has multiple tools that can eliminate the need to pay for third party security software.
97% of all attacks can be automatically remediated on endpoints. This includes your computers, mobile devices, and other network-connected devices.
Microsoft’s mobile device management application, Intune, can help you reduce the risk of a mobile device being compromised through tools like remote lock/wipe and the ability to revoke device access from a central control panel.
The platform also includes multiple OS and app security measures with built-in AI to detect and protect against even the newest threats.
Keep Your Team Connected
Studies show that teams that are connected and collaborative perform better. Through the use of applications like Teams, Skype, Planner, and StaffHub, you have multiple ways to keep your team on the same page and connected to each other as well as your clients and vendors.
Take Advantage of Business Analytics
Businesses collect more data these days than ever before and that data can give you a roadmap to future growth and success… if you know how to read it. Tools like Power BI can connect to all your data sources and provide you with comprehensive, visually engaging reports that make your data “tea leaves” easier to read and act upon.
Reduce Costs and Improve Accuracy with Automation
Microsoft Flow is the app communications tool that can get your data from one app to another, reducing the need to re-enter information and the potential data entry errors that can cause.
If you saved your team just 1.5 hours per day in manual tasks by automating your processes, that’s 30 hours per month in recouped productivity costs.
Access All Your Apps and Data from Anywhere
Using Azure’s cloud-based platform, Microsoft 365 Enterprise is fully accessible from any location on any device. This eliminates problems with some of your data being accessible via the cloud and some not, because all the MS programs are designed for collaboration and accessibility from anywhere.
Centralize App and Access Management
When you’re using multiple tools from different companies, that means a separate user administration experience for your admin team, which can be both time-consuming and challenging if they don’t all have similar security controls.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise allows your admins one central place to administer your business apps and control access. They can also easily set security policies that are picked up globally throughout your Microsoft 365 infrastructure.
Learn More About Microsoft 365 Enterprise
If you’re looking to streamline your technology infrastructure in the new year, B-Comp Services can help! We can give you a demonstration of Microsoft 365 Enterprise and help you use it to power your growth and productivity this year and beyond.
Contact us for a free consultation today at 303-282-4934 or through our contact form.