Office 365 adoption growing; 4 SMBs share experience
By Asia Cloud Forum editors 17-May-2012
One such tool is Microsoft Office 365, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution. From US$6 per user per month, the SaaS solution offers the Office applications -- Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Outlook -- connected to communication and collaboration services, including Exchange, SharePoint and Lync. The number of Office 365 subscribers grew 400% in the last three quarters, said Pickup.
By using the document sharing and access and automatic data backup features in Office 365, the company now saves US$13,000 annually.
"Zepto is young and passionate, and we embrace new technologies," said Jabez Gan, project director at Zepto Consulting. "That's why we're using Office 365. We'd rather work smart than hard, and it helps us use our time more efficiently." Overall, Gan estimates Office 365 has improved the company's bottom line by about 10%.
"Better collaboration is usually the top organizational priority that will drive business growth and we are seeing more SMBs in the region invest in collaboration tools that support business goals."
- Andrew Pickup, Microsoft
"We tried Google Docs but found that it was a departure from the Microsoft software we'd already invested in," Beauchamp added. "Sometimes the free offering is not always the best offering." The company is a diversified manufacturer that makes products ranging from file and storage cabinets to museum exhibit cases, home safes and plastic products.
"A business owner has so many other things to worry about including staff, marketing, and getting orders out on time. With Office 365, I have employed the best IT staff to look after my information 365 days a year," he said.
In addition, Soh estimates that SD Group is saving US$1,000 to $2,499 per month with Office 365 by eliminating other solutions. Being able to access employees' calendars has also minimized time required to set up meetings. "We expected to be more productive, but we were astounded to learn that not having to coordinate schedules via multiple emails makes us 80% more productive," Soh said.