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Dive into the details of Microsoft 365 and learn about its advantages for your business
An increasing number of businesses struggle to keep up with digitalization requirements that are being catalyzed by the post-pandemic “new normal”. Teams around the globe are finding it hard to communicate while working remotely, which results in disrupted processes.
Among the countless options and solutions, Microsoft 365 has emerged as the most complete and customizable platform for establishing and tuning work processes in just the way an organization or a particular team needs. With more than 50 million corporate accounts, it benefits businesses with the right cloud-based solution enabling swift data analysis and workflow automation.
Microsoft 365 is a solution to copious business problems. Its wide set of tools offers users the possibility to create solutions that meet their businesses’ needs, with little or no need to write code. While we’ll talk about this opportunity later, let’s delve into what the all-new Microsoft 365 consists of in terms of the solutions available.
There is quite an array of products provided in today’s Microsoft 365. All of them are designed to boost productivity, streamline teamwork, and smooth operations within companies. Yet, it seems like many companies missed that very moment when the conventional Office 365 became Microsoft 365.
What are the major differences between Office 365 and its new counterpart? First, Microsoft 365 provides access to a variety of online services, from cloud file storage and communication tools to traditional desktop applications. Office 365 does not suggest that you will receive any upgrade options, while a subscription to Microsoft 365 covers unlimited access to recent security updates, new features, and technical support and with no need to pay extra. Secondly, Microsoft 365 has an alternative payment system that is similar to a subscription plan rather than a one-time purchase. You can cancel the subscription whenever it ceases to fit your needs.
Avenga migrated our client’s legacy work space to Microsoft 365, thus fueling business productivity and enhancing customer experience. [How?].
The difference also lies in the flexibility presented to clients. In this regard, a company can select different subscription plans that suit specific business goals. The platform developed three options for enterprises: Microsoft 365 E3, Microsoft 365 E5, and Microsoft 365 F3. They differ on the scale of available tools, with Microsoft 365 E5 providing the best-in-class productivity apps and advanced security, compliance, voice and analytical capabilities. With their help, you can secure your enterprise and stay cost-effective. Let’s discuss some of the Microsoft 365 online services available for business subscription plans in order to grasp how they can suit day-to-day operations in a company.
The scope of online services provided by Microsoft 365 relies on your preferred plan. Let’s take a closer look at the most popular ones with businesses, due to their extended and on-point functionality.
With these cloud services, businesses can effectively integrate low code/no code development for specific small-scale projects.
Over the last few years, the low code/no code development market has grown extensively. This dynamic is being spurred on by companies’ increasing need to create budget-friendly applications. Low code/no code development is the right choice in this case. Below is a table showing the revenue low-code development technologies that were brought in 2019-2021.
Figure 1. Low-Code Development Technologies Revenue (Millions of U.S. Dollars)
Data processing, data analysis, and their integration into the organization’s decision-making, are crucial for stable and continuous business growth. According to Gartner, low code development applications will constitute more than 65% of all development activities by 2024. What’s more, the low code development market is predicted to expand dynamically in the following years, reaching $187 billion in revenue by 2030. In 2021, low-code application platforms generated up to 30% more revenue than in 2020, bringing $5.8 billion to the stakeholders. As hands-on applications become increasingly necessary in the market, non-programmers can benefit from the multiple advantages of Power Platform – Microsoft’s playground for low code development.
The expansion of non-traditional approaches to coding is predicted to grow in the foreseeable future. The most popular purposes for using low code/no code applications, including data modeling and productivity apps, are shown in the graph below.Figure 2. Usage of Low-Code for Applications Worldwide in 2021
What technology stands behind low code/no code development? In contrast to programming languages, low code/no code apps heavily rely on drag-and-drop interfaces. They make it possible for citizen developers (or non-professional developers) to organize data inquiries and workflow processes that are readily available to users. This approach also allows a business to connect newly crafted low code/no code programs with broader business processes. For example, marketing professionals can create applications that automatically access customer data and launch targeted communication with Microsoft 365 services, including SharePoint, Office 365 and SQL Server. They serve as data sources for low code/no code applications and can be easily connected via web interfaces or mobile applications.
Low code applications provide an extensive range of options regarding automated data gathering and management, standardized data security, or work processes automation. Interestingly, 38% of all applications are used in data modeling and visualization (see Fig. 2). Sometimes though, no code development doesn’t suit the needs of your business or enterprise. Although it may seem like a beneficial solution for small-scale projects, traditional coding is often a must for more nuanced and time-consuming challenges. Moreover, accuracy and realistic expectations towards no code development are central to your data project’s success.
Fusion developer teams can also assist your company in setting up applications for goals that require a combination of traditional coding and low code/no code technologies. Collaboration between code-first developers, citizen developers, and IT developers can help your business gain tech solutions that suit your business objectives in the shortest terms. This approach can be optimal for strengthening your company’s competitive edge. You can also opt for IT consulting services to ensure the smooth implementation of technologies. Discover more on Why IT Consulting Services are at the Heart of Business Resilience.
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As stiff market competition requires enhanced business efficiency, Microsoft 365 provides the right set of tools. So, what are the primary advantages of integrating Microsoft 365 into your company’s functioning?
Microsoft 365 can simplify business operations while making the organization more efficient and agile.
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In recent years, Microsoft 365 has evolved into a cloud-based solution that promotes company organic business growth, with 731 000 companies in the United States alone using this office suite software. Given the rapid demand for low code/no code development, it also allows organizations to develop low code/no code applications within time-constrained circumstances. It also offers integral building blocks that empower cooperation within teams and smooths out workflows.
Experiment with the benefits of Microsoft 365 and use this tailor-made solution to build your business advantage and safeguard your data.
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