If you’re thinking about moving to Office 365 for your credit union—or if you’ve already made the switch—you may consider having it hosted for you. We’ll explore a few of the benefits of moving to a managed solution for your productivity suite.
Here’s the thing: very few people like performing mundane IT duties, such as migration, onboarding, server maintenance, or fielding calls to troubleshoot emails. In fact, the people who are most often tasked with productivity upkeep already have a lot on their plate.
Fortunately, not every credit union has to keep a team of experts on board to help manage their software. There are managed solutions available for any institution interested in freeing up their IT staff to work on higher-level functions. Some people actually enjoy getting their hands dirty with productivity software. Providers like Ongoing Operations have scoured the country for people who enjoy precisely that. Bonus: they’re good at it.
Making the Switch
If you’re still using an older version of Microsoft Office, the move to Office 365 might sound daunting. If you run everything internally, your IT department may scramble to perform their daily operations while also navigating the ins and outs of migration.
Fear not! Hosted Office 365 means seamless migration with absolute minimal downtime. What could take a couple days instead takes a couple hours.
For credit unions who haven’t yet moved to the cloud, the first measurable benefit of opting for a hosted solution is the headache-free transition. Your IT department will be free to continue working on higher-level services while we do all the heavy lifting to get you on board.
Already on Office 365?
If you’re already using Microsoft’s cloud, or if we’ve helped you get situated with it, this is where the real magic begins. Using a hosted solution means a world of committed support and protection. Some of the largest benefits to your credit union include
- Increased security
- Dedicated support team
- Streamlining the onboarding process
- Manage accounts
Although Office 365 is a very secure platform, we understand that nothing in the world is completely hack-proof. Add to that the possibility of human error or sophisticated phishing attacks, and you can see where even Microsoft’s robust built-in security could use a little extra help. The extra layer of protection provided by a host keeps you and your business safe.
One of the other great things about managed productivity suites is that, well, they’re managed. If you need a new user account set up, you don’t have to go through the frustrating, time-intensive process to create, connect, and test the account yourself. Instead, your Office 365 host can perform that duty for you quickly and reliably, without needing to stress IT about it.
Productivity is the Name of the Game
At the end of the day, you want your productivity software to work for you, not for you to work for it. The easiest way to ensure maximal productivity and minimal downtime is to get an expert to run it for you. It’s safer, more efficient, and much faster.