Successful business ventures will often look to establish an advantage or some type of competitive edge on the rest of the market. One way to accomplish this task is with superior and less expensive IT infrastructure. With more and more businesses looking to take advantage of Cloud Services, Microsoft have released the Microsoft 365 platform to specifically target SMEs to support their journey to the cloud.
Microsoft 365 is an integrated bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (aka EMS, which includes Intune device management, analytics and some Azure Active Directory capabilities), sold on a monthly subscription basis. SMEs can use Microsoft 365 to deploy IT infrastructure that incorporates desktop and mobile devices, and the security and authentication systems required to keep data safe in a mobile workforce environment. Microsoft 365 combines features and toolsets from the Windows 10 operating system, the Office 365 productivity suite, and the Enterprise Mobility and Security package, which establishes authentication and security protocols for employees and systems to protect data and infiltration by outside influences.
Microsoft 365 Business is a new unified Cloud based solution that comprises of Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility +Security (providing Mobile Device Management) combined with the Windows 10 Professional operating system to provide a highly secure platform.
There are two flavours of Microsoft 365: Microsoft 365 Business and Microsoft 365 Enterprise. Microsoft 365 Business is designed for SMEs that are looking to deploy an integrated, collaborative work environment that is simple to use and support. The Business version will work best with SMEs that do not use an Active Directory domain controller or need to upgrade or replace ‘on-premise’ server hardware.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise is designed for larger businesses that will integrate the various parts of the suite with an already established IT infrastructure as part of a Hybrid Cloud. The Enterprise version will work best for enterprises looking to integrate a collaborative working environment with legacy systems.