Written by Justine Javelosa, Microsoft Solutions Consultant – 26th October 2016
Earlier this month, Infinity Group as certified Microsoft Gold Partners were invited to attend the Microsoft UK Partner Summit focused on the power of the Cloud and digital transformation developments
Why should businesses move to the Cloud?
Moving to the Cloud and introducing mobility to businesses has enabled cost savings and innovative business solutions in recent years. The number of new startups increased by 4.6% in 2015 and with 608,100 new registered businesses compared to 581,173 the previous year (Tech City News). The original “Mobile First Cloud First” vision set out by Microsoft in 2014 has since introduced more opportunities and challenges and they are now exploring a more “productivity” “intelligence” and “security” focussed vision. The Secure Productive Enterprise E5 that was recently launched helps achieve this vision and we explore its capabilities later in this post.
Why do most startups use the SaaS model?
To keep costs down, startups usually challenge the norm, and emerge with more agile and cheaper cloud solution and services. By focusing their business operations on a SaaS (Software as a Service) model they own no infrastructure or have to allow or infrastructure maintenance costs.
However, with the ever-changing behaviour and preferences of their customers, more established businesses have to reinvent themselves to remain seen as a major player in the marketplace and that’s where the Cloud starts to play a big part.
SaaS products such as Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10 are appealing to both startups and more mature businesses for both cost efficiency and increased productivity reasons. The majority of larger businesses need enhanced versions of the above to meet the needs of their ever growing business and that where the Secure Productive Enterprise packages come in useful.
Microsoft’s Secure Productive Enterprise E3/E5 Packages
The most trusted, secure, and productive way to work brings together the best of Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10 Enterprise into one package.
Microsoft has revised the monthly subscription packages of these three main elements resulting in the launch of the E3 and E5 option which offer added value to businesses.
What are the core features of Secure Productive Enterprise E5?
1: PSTN Conferencing
Enable attendees to join Skype for Business from any telephone by dialling a local access number, and dial out from a meeting to add others when needed. The dial-in capability is in addition to single-touch join options on PC, smartphone, browser and allows people to join an online meeting even in places with no Internet access.
2: Cloud PBX
Make, receive and transfer business calls in the office, at home or on the road, using phone, PC, and mobile without the need for a traditional phone system. Choose PSTN calling plans delivered by Microsoft where available, or use your existing business phone lines.
1: POWER BI PRO
Non-technical users can easily visualise and analyse data much faster than previously. The live dashboards and interactive reports allow you to gain efficiency and understanding using the metrics within Power BI Pro.
2: Microsoft MyAnalytics
With its intuitive and interactive dashboards, Microsoft MyAnalytics enables you to surface personal and business insights based on information across Office 365.
SECURITY AND COMPLIANCE TOOLS:
1: Office 365 E5: Advance threat protection, advanced security management, customer lockbox and advance ediscovery.
2: Windows 10 E5: Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is a new service that helps enterprise customers to detect, investigate and respond to advanced and targeted attacks on their networks.
Building on the existing pre-breach security defenses built into Windows 10, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) now provides a post-breach layer of protection.
3: EMS E5: Azure active directory premium P2, Microsoft cloud app security, Azure Information Protection P2
Why choose Secure Productive Enterprise E5 and not E3?
Both E3 and E5 plans offer a productive and secure approach for enterprise level businesses. You can view the main differences below and select the right plan that is best suited to your business.
Upgrading to the Secure Productive Enterprise E5 or E3
Upgrading is easy, licenses are available per device or per user through the standard volume licensing program. As Microsoft Gold Partners we are able to offer competitive licensing options for the Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5 for your business. Please get in touch to find out more and discuss your business needs in more detail.