The modern workplace is rapidly evolving, and it has never been more important to have the right digital tools to empower your workforce. Plus, with cybercrime and security issues on the rise, ensuring you have the right suite of solutions to keep your business protected is key.  

This is where Microsoft 365 comes in. Microsoft 365 offers a unified solution that can transform how people work within an organisation. In this article we explain what to expect from Microsoft 365 and how it can better your business.

What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is the combination of Office 365, Enterprise Mobility and Security, and Windows 10/11. It’s designed to meet all the requirements of a modern workplace. Think of it as a complete productivity suite that includes the productivity applications required to get work done, and the security applications required to secure your applications, passwords and devices. You could say it is Microsoft’s attempt to offer a full range of services, removing the need to use solutions from other vendors, one bundle for everything. Here is what to expect from M365.

Enhanced productivity

When it comes to boosting productivity, you can’t get much better than the Office 365 suite. With M365 you get a growing collection of over 20 services and applications that aim to offer seamless collaboration across your organisation. Office 365 gives you and your employees the ability to work anywhere from any device, securely and efficiently. Whether online or offline, you can access Office apps, and work together with files stored in the cloud to ensure you’re always working on the latest version. Apps include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, OneDrive and more.

Advanced security

One of the main benefits of M365 is the amount of security you receive with the bundle. Enterprise Mobility + Security does more than expand upon the security features inherent in Office 365. It provides an identity-based, defense in-depth approach to security for thousands of cloud and on-premises apps to protect your data against cyberthreats. Creating this unified identity helps increase security and employee productivity across all your applications. When it comes to threat protection you have the following areas covered to ensure you are protected on all fronts:  

  • Identities – Validating, verifying and protecting both user and admin accounts  
  • Endpoints – Protecting user devices and signals from sensors  
  • User data – Evaluating email messages and documents for malicious content  
  • Cloud apps – Protecting SaaS applications and their associated data stores 

Device management

Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a management and security service that is made up of several existing products brought together to provide a new solution. Microsoft Endpoint Manager allows organisations to manage their data and devices securely in the cloud and on-premises. It includes the services and tools you use to manage and monitor mobile devices, desktop computers, virtual machines, embedded devices, and servers. Endpoint Manager combines services you may know and already be using, including Microsoft Intune, Configuration Manager, Desktop Analytics, co-management, and Windows Autopilot.

These services are part of the Microsoft 365 stack to help secure access, protect data, and respond and manage risk. Microsoft Intune, a component of Microsoft Endpoint Management [MEM] integrates closely with other endpoint management components, including Azure Active Directory [Azure AD] for identity and access control and Azure Information Protection for data protection. When you use it with Microsoft 365, you can help your users be productive on all their devices, while protecting your information. 
You get full centralised management of mobiles and laptops with Intune, remote wipe of lost and stolen devices, enforce strong pin requirements along with wifi and VPN profiles.

One of the main draws of M365 is the amount of security and protection you get from the package. If you would like to know more about Microsoft 365 and how it can benefit your business, our team of experts are here to support you with any questions you might have. Contact our team for more information.