Making IT work… in The Cloud
Entrepreneurs spend a lot of time with their head in the clouds, and now this can be further encouraged by running their business on the cloud.
So what does this actually mean? Previously, you would have spent between £200 and £450 on a licence per user for Microsoft Office Professional, which is ubiquitous in the world of business. With Cloud you sign up for free, choose your licence and pay monthly, typically just under £15 per user per month.
How does Cloud work?
The software is installed conventionally on your computer, and you can install office on up to 5 computers, which you access with one user account. Great if you have a PC in the office, and a laptop or tablet. One licence for you for both devices. Brilliant flexibility and value for money. So the difference with Cloud is the licence is with the user, not attached to the computer.
So what do you get for £15 per month? Well, surprisingly quite a lot:
- Hosted email with 50GB of space
- Web conferencing and Instant Messaging
- SkyDrive – 25GB of storage per user
- Public website
- Spam and malware protection
- IT-level web support and 24/7 phone support
- 99.9% uptime guaranteed
- SharePoint Intranet
- Office Mobile for iPhone and Android
Being in the Worcestershire area, you are lucky in that there are a number of IT experts who have vast experience of moving and supporting businesses in this area.
Recently, OGL Computers held a Cloud Computing event, and First Solutions have been helping a number of well-known businesses in this region move into The Cloud.
Therefore, if you would like a demonstration of what is possible, speak to these local experts and they will help you understand the benefits and costs for your business and staff.