Utilizing your Office 365 investment

By - March 3, 2016

Welcome to the cloud, new Office 365 subscriber.

Do you know what you actually get with your shiny new subscription? Sure, you made the Microsoft brass (and your account rep) happy by joining the O365 team. You have the most recent web-based, full-featured versions of Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint available to you but what exactly is in it for you? Do your organizational challenges just go away?

Given, most people purchase Office 365 to get out of the headaches of managing on-premise servers, or to put an end to the perpetual, “what does this new upgrade of Office give me, and what do I have to wave good-bye to?” question. And thankfully, making the switch to Office 365 does make those go away.

But, what about the other nagging issues you still deal with? Does that file cabinet in the corner with old PO’s and account records automatically send itself to the cloud? Does that cumbersome time-off request process now just magically get easier? What about finding last year’s health care enrollment form to make the updates for this year before the annual enrollment begins?

Having a new version of Office won’t be able to help with any of those. However, whether you know it or not, you did actually buy something that can help you with these headaches – SharePoint.

Most of our clients don’t realize that tucked into their Office 365 subscription is a brand new SharePoint site. For those unfamiliar with SharePoint, it’s a way to replace shared drives and your laptop drive with a secure, centralized storage space for files. Searching for files on SharePoint is not limited to just a folder name and/or a date and it’s on the web, so it’s accessible everywhere.

That’s just the beginning. SharePoint can do so much more, including automating business processes. It can provide an answer for all of the questions that don’t just, *magically,* go away when you become the newest member of the Office 365 family.

To find out more about this or other ways that RSM can assist you with your SharePoint needs, contact our professionals at 800.274.3978 or email us.


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