This is a question Microsoft experts must get used to hearing on a regular basis. Because cloud computing is still a relatively novel enterprise technology, there hasn’t been enough time to fully grasp its potential which causes confusion to crop up about what it is capable of.
In fact, as Office blog guest host Tom Werner discovered, there is often a discrepancy between what people think the cloud is and what it can actually do. In short, people tend to undervalue both the current role cloud computing plays in the small business world, as well as its potential.
To shed some light on what Office 365 can do for your business, Tom sets out to show managers how they can use the cloud to benefit their bottom line, and he busts a couple of common myths while he’s at it.
Myth #1: “I’m not using the cloud on the internet.”
A response we commonly hear from our small business managers is: “I don’t need cloud computing, nor do I want to work with the cloud.” However, as Tom accurately points out, if you are using the internet for your business then chances are you’re already in the cloud and just didn’t know it. In fact, you’ve probably been using cloud technology for years now.
“If you’re on Facebook, if you purchase products on Amazon, if you have a Hotmail account, Gmail account, you’re already on the cloud,” Werner says. “You’ve probably been there the last 10 years. But now we’re moving businesses to the cloud, not just your email—your documents, your mediums, everything’s in the cloud.”
Myth #2: Office 365 is just an online version of Microsoft Office
Like loads of office managers out there, you might be thinking, “Isn’t Office 365 that free version of Office that everyone can use?” Well, yes it is that, but it’s also a heck of a lot more. On top of online Office applications, Office 365 provides:
- Team sites and a professional website for your business for easy collaboration
- Business-class email and shared calendar support
- Online meeting capabilities
- Built in anti-virus security and data backup
- And much more…
Of course, listing all of the features would require its own post entirely. For a more in depth discussion on the many Office 365 features and how it stacks up to other cloud platforms, visit our Knowledge Center.
Check out Tom’s entire 15-minute webinar to get answers to some other commonly asked questions about Office 365, including:
- Why do I want to store stuff in the cloud?
- How does Office 365 work?
- How do I access my Office applications online?
- How to create a new project with Office 365?
- Do I need to download the actual software on my computer to use the Office applications?
Finally, let one of our Microsoft gold-certified experts determine how your company can benefit from the cloud by taking our quick hit Cloud Readiness Assessment.