Cloud computing differs from on-premises software in one critical way. A company hosts everything in-house in an on-premise environment, while in a cloud environment, a third-party provider hosts all that for you.
This allows companies to pay on an as-needed basis and effectively scale up or down depending on overall usage, user requirements, and the growth of a company.
A cloud-based server utilizes virtual technology to host a company’s applications offsite. There are no capital expenses, data can be backed up regularly, and companies only have to pay for the resources they use.
For those organizations that plan aggressive expansion on a global basis, the cloud has even greater appeal because it allows you to connect with customers, partners, and other businesses anywhere with minimal effort.
Additionally, cloud computing features nearly instant provisioning because everything is already configured. Thus, any new software that is integrated into your environment is ready to use immediately once a company has subscribed. With instant provisioning, any time spent on installation and configuration is eliminated and users are able to access the application right away.
Office 365 is an integrated experience of apps and services, designed to help you pursue your passion and grow your business.
It features fully-installed and always up-to-date versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Windows or Mac, OneNote (features vary), and Access and Publisher (PC only).
Use Microsoft Teams, where chat, content, people, and tools live together, to provide instant access to everything your teams may need.
SharePoint is a website-based collaboration system that uses workflow applications, “list” databases and other web parts and security features to empower business teams to work together.
SharePoint also gives the company using the platform the ability to control access to information and automate workflow processes across business units.
We recommend Sharepoint for mobile Organisations that don’t need an on premise server infrastructure. This works very well for users that need access to files from anywhere, collaborate in real time and get new updates from changes to their file systems.
Some companies can use Sharepoint as their Intranet for information like:
- Human Resources
- Directory services
- Project Management
- IT Help desk
- Health and Safety
- Training resources
While no software is perfect, with a bit of time and effort, this can be a very powerful tool.
OneDrive is a cloud-based storage system and allows you to sync your SharePoint libraries to your desktop.
OneDrive allows you to have all your files and folders on your desktop and you work with them as normal however they are also stored in the cloud in either OneDrive or SharePoint storage.
If you install and setup your OneDrive on a second computer let’s say in an office at another branch / site then all your files are available there also, any changes made in either location will be synced to the alternate location