In the last few years, we’ve witnessed a dramatic shift in the role of IT in running a business. The job has always been about overseeing workplace modernization and ensuring that employees have the technology they need – but as the workforce has collectively moved toward hybrid work, that’s become an entirely new challenge. Today, IT is a matter of empowering a digitally connected and distributed labor force and guiding them through uncertain times. All the while, you’re trying to reduce cost and complexity as you go.
For all of these reasons, “do more with less” has become a mantra for the modern era. IT teams today have a massive challenge in front of them, and limited resources with which to tackle it. Increasingly, they’re looking for multi-purpose IT solutions that can help them accomplish many goals at once. According to Forrester Consulting, 64% of SMB decision-makers are looking for a “suite of solutions” rather than purchasing individual IT tools a la carte.
One great example of such a suite is Microsoft 365. According to a recent study that was conducted by Forrester and commissioned by Microsoft, adopting Microsoft 365 will save the typical organization about $1,500 per user per year – meaning it pays for itself in a matter of three months.
To better understand how this is possible, let’s take a deep dive into the benefits of Microsoft 365 adoption:
Eliminating redundant IT solutions
Many companies today are saddled with too many IT solutions that all do the same thing. They’ve got multiple tools for email, for chat, for managing cloud data, for coordinating documents and spreadsheets, and so on. Microsoft 365 silences all that noise and simply gives you one straightforward, coherent way to meet everyone’s technology needs. And when you simplify your IT, you can get rid of unnecessary licensing costs and save some serious money.
Simplifying IT management
When your IT is overly complicated, that can have a ripple effect that disrupts all aspects of your organization. The time and money you spend deploying and managing new software can drain your budget and distract your workforce, making it difficult to focus on other strategic aspects of the business. But when you move to Microsoft 365, you can expect to decrease your software management burden by 25% or more – not to mention speeding up deployments, reducing downtime, and cutting down on helpdesk tickets.
Empowering a hybrid workforce
The workforce of the modern era is a hybrid workforce. Some people are in the office, others are at home, and still others are buzzing back and forth between the two. But with the right technology, you can ensure that everyone has the tools they need to be successful, no matter who they are or where they work. A platform like Microsoft 365 works so well because it supports everyone, all around the globe, giving them everything they need to work productively and securely.
And if you need a little help deploying Microsoft 365 for your business, never fear – Zones is here to help. We are an authorized Microsoft Licensing Solutions Partner as well as a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider, which means we know everything there is to know about getting up and running with Microsoft solutions. With help from the dream team of Microsoft and Zones, you can build the ultimate hybrid workforce.
Connect with a Zones Account Manager today, and find out for yourself.