The take up of Office 365 is huge, and it is growing

Read the reports being published,The take up of Office 365 is huge, and it is growing… Articles search the web, listen to the newly emerging ‘experts’ and the main attraction is that O365 offers very much lower cost per user than conventional local area network. The savings are derived from –
1. Large amounts of free cloud storage per user license.

2. Bundled Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point etc.).

3. The O365 suite is web based and may be accessed by almost any machine that runs an Internet browser, so many users don’t even need a full blown PC to use it.

Sound enough reasons for any business to start planning a move to Office 365. However, a good IT service provider or consultant will advise customers of the many issues to be taken into account at the start of any such planning.

The first of these is that Office 365 is SharePoint on-line. That means, apart from Exchange (email), there is NO part of Office 365 that is not SharePoint. All files migrated into or stored in Office 365 are written to a SharePoint workspace. SharePoint appends substantial metadata to imported files and this In turn this means that storage limits, gigabytes, terabytes or numbers of files have very little relationship with storage limits on conventional file stores, or even with storage limits on other cloud storage.

Office 365 is not just another cloud storage, it is completely different.

Organisations advised that they can simply migrate file stores and users personal folders to Office 365 One Drive for Business invariably encounter major issues. A good IT service provider or consultant will identify these issues at the planning stage, before migration starts. This will result in additional preparation and training costs. There are many file storage practices that will not translate 속초op to Office 365, deeply nested sub-folder structures and long path names, being just two. If incompatibilities are not addressed before migration starts business can be severely disrupted, or even stop entirely, while issues are sorted out.

So, is Microsoft mis-selling Office 365 with offers of huge amounts of storage?

No. The advertising simply states what you get,. If the buyer fails to do sufficient research, or is badly advised on specific issues, it does not detract from the fantastic value of Office 365.

Once users get used to the concept of file storage in sites, libraries and lists instead of hopelessly complicated nested folder structures they discover a vastly more efficient way of working and collaborating with colleagues.