3 ways to use the cloud to your advantage – now!

Increasing business efficiencies with online connectivity

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for several years, you will have heard people you know speak about the “cloud”. Of course, we’re not speaking about big white fluffy things in the sky, but rather a world of online connectivity which, if used well, can help to increase your business efficiencies. Here are 3 ways how you can use the cloud to your advantage, right now:

1. Microsoft Office 365

Picture the scene, you’re upscaling, new employees are joining your team and your IT team are hit with a backlog of software installation requests to get them up and running. Sound familiar? With cloud-based Office 365, the days of installing physical software on an individual basis are long-gone. Employees simply sign into the Office 365 cloud via a browser and download the most up to date software directly onto their own device. Once signed-in, staff can access their documents across all devices where Office 365 is installed, and new versions download and install in the background, saving time and money.

There are too many benefits to Office 365 to list, but here are some of our favourites:
Real-time, synchronised data: With Office 365, all of your emails, documents and files can be stored across all of your devices in real-time. With the software being cloud-based, all data is backed-up to the cloud, meaning no matter where you are or which device you are on, you can be up and running simply by signing in to your Office 365 account. Never before has working been so flexible!

Your IT team set-free: Setting up Office 365 is as easy as signing-in, downloading software and go. No more Microsoft Office product discs, expired serial numbers and employee installation schedules. Your IT team can now focus on the things that make a difference…

Collaborate between teams: Empower your staff to upload and share reports, presentations and projects with cloud-based tools such as SharePoint. Staff can create and access project folders and team collaboration microsites with ease – eliminating the age old “can you remember where I saved that?” question!

Speak to Dynamic Edge about how we can get you up and running with Office 365 with our tailored deployment solution.

2. Skype for Business

Open up your workforce to global and instant connectivity with Skype for Business. A simple but powerful tool, Skype for Business allows your workforce to instant message, video conference and share across your whole company in real-time with ease. Offices in multiple locations? Skype can tell you who’s online, where they are and when they are next available. Instant messages can be dropped with colleagues for quick answers when they’re needed and multi-locational video and voice conferences can be set-up in seconds with crystal clear sound and sharp video capability over your business network. Use Skype for Business to send files, screen share and co-present – saving time and travel costs.

Grab a coffee with Dynamic Edge and ask us about our Skype for Business integrations for your business.

3. Microsoft Azure

It’s not just Office that can be stored in the cloud. Whatever bespoke software or application your business uses for its specific needs, it can be stored in the cloud with the use of Microsoft Azure. Using virtual machines and networks, Azure can allow users to access the tools they need to do their job no matter where they are through a simple network connection. Whether it’s your company website, a bespoke monitoring system or something more complicated, we can help you virtualise it using Microsoft Azure.

Our team have migrated over 120 businesses onto cloud solutions to date, get in touch to understand how we can help you to realise the benefits of the cloud for your business.