Henry Ford did not create the first automobile; in fact, his success was built on the foundation of several innovators that came before him. What Henry Ford did innovate, however, is the efficiency with which the automobile was produced. Commonly attributed with saying, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses,” Ford looked at the future of transportation and knew that demand for long distance travel was going to increase faster than the market’s capability to sustain it.
IT is undergoing a similar innovation revolution. As our capacity for mobility increases, so too does our need to access business productivity applications while on the move.
However, just as Ford encountered market resistance, so too has the cloud. The cutthroat affordability and availability of the Model T silenced his critics. Sometimes naysayers just require the right product to prove them wrong. Enter Office 365 and its cutthroat affordability, availability, and simplicity. Below are 3 common misconceptions that create the cloud’s market resistance:
1. The Lack of Backwards Compatibility for Legacy Integrations
You can continue to keep your currently owned perpetual license and use it the same way you always have. Remember that when your Software Assurance expires, you are limited to the current edition and every edition previous to the current edition due to Volume License Entitlements. When you move to Office 365, in most cases, you keep your current license entitlements so you don’t have to change your office deployment.
Office 365 has a new API to integrate solutions into the Office Products. We are now talking about redesigning the integration, but rest assured, you can do the same things in Office 365 that you did with the on-premise version of Office.
2. Migrating to the Cloud Requires 100% Infrastructure Commitment
Although Office 365 has cloud components, you do not need to go to the cloud entirely. For example:
- You can install Office 365 and deploy through a software distribution package.
- You can purchase just the on-premise Office Apps for Office 365 with Office 365 Pro Plus and get the full 15 install entitlement (5 Advanced OS, 5 Tablets, and 5 mobile devices).
- You can purchase a services package like Office 365 E1 and receive all of the on-premise entitlements like your Exchange STD CAL, SharePoint STD CAL, and LYNC ENT CAL.
- You can restrict where users access their Office 365 apps or entitlements based on several logical constructs, such as only in your private network.
3. The Need to be Constantly Connected to the Internet
Office 365 is only different in the compilation of the app, not in the functionality set nor the location of the code.
Office 365 is more functional than Office 2013 using Microsoft’s App-V process. This is a local, fully functioning version of Office 365. The only need for internet is once a month for license verification.
Instead of compiling an install package such as the MSI Install, APP-V creates a local payload that runs the app entirely in its own memory space, thus allowing the user to run both Office 365 and any of its MSI-base predecessors on the same machine at the same time. This goes in lock-step with the above backwards compatibility of legacy versions as well.
Office 365 is the very definition of business productivity on-the-go. If you have any additional concerns that are prohibiting you from making this smooth transition, click the banner below for one of our Technical Specialists to walk you through the finer details.
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