From small companies to large enterprises, cloud computing is an important new revolution in how we think about software and services.
PCs started transforming the workplace in the 1990s, when the emergence of personal computers made highly-specialized applications more accessible to everyone. When the Internet emerged, many applications became “internet-facing,” which means that they could communicate over standards-based Web protocols. This idea was revolutionary—and still remains popular—because you can reuse simple parts to create more complex solutions.
Cloud computing is the next logical step in this revolution. With cloud-based computing, you use the same applications used in the internet-facing model. The only difference is that they’re outside the company and you access them over the Internet. Because someone else manages the infrastructure you’re essentially subscribing to software as a service, rather than a product loaded onto a specific hardware on your premises.
Simpler software acquisition
Cloud computing isn’t a new concept. If you think about accessing services online, we’ve been using the model of cloud computing for years. For example, if you’ve ever subscribed to an online newspaper, you’ve participated in cloud computing. You’re paying for a service—in this case, getting news.
But where cloud computing really shines is in the delivery and acquisition of software. Why? It comes down to business flexibility and agility. It’s easier to get the exact technology you need. It’s easier to meet the needs of specific users or departments. And it’s easier to manage your IT infrastructure because someone else manages your applications and data centers.
Flexible ways to provision
Whether you’re a small business that doesn’t have an internal IT department or you’re a large enterprise company that would like to save costs by using a combination of locally-hosted and cloud-based services, we have solutions that will give you precisely what you need. Microsoft offers many software products in a cloud computing model under the umbrella of Microsoft Online Services.
Microsoft has expanded its portfolio of online services offerings available through Volume Licensing to include: Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. All of these cloud based services are available to any size company and can be tailored to meet the profile of the workforce. The Enterprise Agreement provides the best way to license Microsoft’s on-premises software and online services within the same agreement, by providing the flexibility to tailor your on-premises licenses with online services subscriptions - and adjust them over time.
Microsoft Online Services in action.
Microsoft Online Services deliver software through a cloud-based computing model. But how can you use these services? In what instances should you consider subscribing to software online? There are many reasons a company may opt for cloud-based services:
- Preserve Limited capital. With Online Services, companies can preserve valuable capital for other projects and use operating expenses for the online services subscriptions.
- Utilize the latest technology. Online Services means upgrades to latest technology, maintenance, operations and integration are all taken care of by the Service Provider.
- Cope with a lack of IT resources. Whether a company has no IT department or would rather refocus its IT department on strategic efforts or speed up new application deployment Online Services are a great option.
- Support Remote employees. Online Services helps companies easily provide all their employees with the same applications regardless of location.
Get started with Microsoft Online Services
Whether you have five employees or 50,000, getting Microsoft Online Services is simple. If you don’t already have an existing Microsoft agreement or if you have an existing Enterprise Agreement contact your Microsoft representative or partner to add Online Services.