More Connecticut small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are seeing the silver lining in cloud computing. Migrating to the cloud means fewer servers and network components, less demand on IT staff time, and lower IT overhead. For most CT SMBs, the first step into the cloud is migrating from their old Microsoft Office workstation software and adopting Office 365.
Microsoft Office 365 Security concerns? You are not alone. I recently attended a networking event where the guest speaker gave a talk about Software in the Cloud. He touched on Microsoft Office 365, but his main topic for the evening was focused on Adobe’s recent move to cloud-only subscription based software, as the majority of attendees were Adobe users. As the presentation moved along, questions erupted from the audience, and not surprisingly, the major concern among cloud software subscription users (or soon to be users) was SECURITY. Runner up: The potential that you would “Pay Forever”. Several people wondered why anyone would pay for software that you could get for free, i.e.: Google or GIMP.
We have to admit; we were not immediately sold on MS Office 365, but during the last couple of years we have noticed that Microsoft has listened to consumers and the product is clearly a contender, especially for small businesses looking for a solid cloud-based productivity suite. Any company who is willing to admit that the START BUTTON is important, and humble enough to resurrect our long lost friend, can’t be all bad.