Local Software Company helps Charities get more from their Office 365 subscriptions

12th April 2017

The increasing adoption of Microsoft Office 365 comes at the time of a wider shift in the way organisations handle their IT systems, from a traditional segmented approach, to a 'single platform' cloud based approach.

The Office 365 suite is continually improving and growing, with additions and enhancements being made frequently that help to maximise the return on investment for businesses. This process of continuous improvement has helped the software grow rapidly in favourability, as users continue to receive more and more utility and benefits from the Office 365 suite. Microsoft's subscription based Software as a Service pricing model has also played an important role in allowing the Office 365 suite to grow so impressively in popularity, as organisations can pick and choose what services they want to access and have a mix of functionality for different users across the business. A sensible choice for charities: Organisations with a recognised charitable status can receive Microsoft Office 365 as a donation or at a significant discount as a result of Microsoft's Office 365 Nonprofit pricing scheme. This pricing scheme is extremely valuable for not-for-profit organisations as it means those organisations, who qualify, can benefit from the Office 365 suite for free or a very low cost. Maintaining a low level of costs is evidently a crucial aim for not-for-profit organisations and therefore receiving such a powerful suite, at a discounted rate or donation, can be extremely beneficial to their operations. As a result of their Nonprofit pricing scheme Microsoft's Office 365 suite has grown to be incredibly popular within the not-for-profit sector. PointSolutions delivered a seminar alongside Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice on the 17th March that helped to explain how not-for-profit organisations could make better use of their Office 365 investment and extend this into solving their HR management and people development needs. The seminar was attended by a number of Sheffield and Rotherham based charities who all commented on how insightful the session was. Dave Bailey Marketing Director at PointSolutions adds: -PointSolutions have been working with a growing number of not-for-profit organisations to help them realise the full potential of the Microsoft Office 365 eco-system. In the main helping organisations like Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, Martin House Children's Hospice and Rotherham Hospice by providing them with a low-cost option to achieving their HR Management and people development needs. The cost saving elements boasted by Office 365 are not just presented by Microsoft's pricing models but also in its cloud based nature. Being in the cloud helps to bring costs down for organisations as it allows for reduced investment in server space, infrastructure and maintenance. This reinforces the concept of a digital transformation in the workplace as it allows organisations to reduce their dependency on the technological expertise associated with running on-premises infrastructure. Overall the remarkable rise of Office 365 can be seen as part of an overarching digital transformation in the way businesses approach their IT systems. As part of this more and more organisations are realising the benefits of having their HR, learning and people focused systems work alongside the Microsoft Office 365 suite. To find out how your organisation could take advantage of this new opportunity, please contact one of the PointSolutions team. PointSolutions is a SharePoint Solutions Specialist based in the UK. PointSolutions work with organisations to provide, HRMS, LMS and people focused systems for SharePoint and Office 365. As the popularity of Office 365 increases, businesses are realising the benefits of having their HR, learning and people focused systems and processes in one place. PointSolutions have created PeoplePoint 365 which has been designed specifically to sit alongside Office 365 and utilises the SharePoint Online environment to provide 'hire to fire' functionality and flexibility that other HR Management Systems struggle to provide. www.pointsolutionsuk.com +44 (0) 0114 321 6104 info@pointsolutionsuk.com

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