7 benefits of Office 365 for businesses

You’ve heard all the talk about Office 365. Your employees have been dropping hints about it. You’ve even taken a look at all the tools and features and now you’re wondering if Office 365 really is the solution for your small business. The answer is yes. Office 365 can help your employees work together in new and more efficient ways. But, Office 365 is more than just a set of tools. It’s a new way of working. Here are seven reasons small business owners should consider using Office 365.

1. Stay up and running, no matter what happens

Let’s face it. If your in-house system crashes or your office building is destroyed by a fire or flood, you’re stuck. You have no data, servers or website. Statistics collected in 2015 by the U.S. Institute for Business and Home Safety showed that 25% of small businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. If you send your data to the cloud, all your business documents and applications, such as email, will always available. You’ll be up and running, no matter what happens.

2. Data security and control

Data security in the cloud is no longer an issue. Office 365 has built-in security and continuous compliance so small businesses can focus on the right things. You always know where your data is and who has access to it. You can also remotely wipe all data if you lose your mobile device. So, go ahead and store your data safely in the cloud. Storing your data online also keeps it safe in case something happens. Imagine losing your laptop or breaking it? Thanks to 1TB of OneDrive online storage, your data is safer than ever before.

3. You can work anywhere at anytime

Working remotely used to mean you needed help from an IT friend or cousin to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) so you could access your files from the office. With Office 365, this isn’t necessary. You don’t need any special configuration or IT skills. All you need is an internet connection and you can start working. It’s that simple!

4. Get Organized

Meetings, email and contact management are a big part of everyday life in a small business. When you use Office 365, email, calendar and contacts are all synchronized to work together. Update a contact on your mobile phone and it will be automatically updated across all your devices. This is a really cool feature to help small businesses get the most from Office 365. You can also access the same data from any device. Save a document on your PC and continue working on it on your mobile or tablet.

5. Predictable Monthly cost

This one is pretty cool for small businesses. Forget about upfront costs! Office 365 has a flexible monthly billing process that lets you add or decrease the number of users to suit your needs. You’re not locked into a contract and you change plans at any time to suit your growing business needs. This kind of scalable solution might be exactly what a small business is looking for to get started in the cloud. Since you don’t have to worry about upfront costs, it will be easier to fit this solution into your monthly budget.

6. Larger mailbox storage

We all have this tendency to store all our email messages in our inboxes. Sometimes we try to clean it up, but we end up keeping every single email we’ve ever sent or received. With Office 365, this kind of housekeeping is behind you! You can say goodbye to that red popup that reminds you it’s time to clean up your email. Instead, say hello to 50GB of email storage space.

7. No more licensing mess!

Sorting out software licenses can be a real headache for a small business owner. One of your employees might be using one version, while another employee is using an upgrade of that same version. The result? You don’t know how to bring everyone up to speed so they’re all working on the same version. Office 365 includes all licensing and it can be deployed company-wide. This means everyone has the same version of Microsoft Office, and all users will get upgrades at the same time.

Want to find out more about our IT Support services and how we can help you work, collaborate and increase your teams' performance. Then why not email us hello@newtonit.co.uk to learn more.

Blog Written by Jason Brown SherWeb’s VP of Products. He is a Product and Marketing executive with 15+ years of experience in the SMB online services industry. With a BA in Business Marketing from Griffith University, Australia, he offers an extensive background in all aspects of Product, Marketing and IT Operations Management.

Why is IT Support important for your business and how do you select the right support company?

Why is IT Support important for your business and how do you select the right support company?

In today’s market, businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on online services and digital technologies. For example, e-commerce websites are now essential in order put products and services to the market, and help desk solutions are fundamental to offer remote customer service to your clients around the clock. For this reason, it is very important to have access to prompt IT support services in order to troubleshoot any issue that might arise.

Newton IT Support Services

IT support is vital to your business because you wouldn’t want to get caught unprepared. If one or more of your systems are experiencing glitches, the downtime might negatively impact your sales or your ability to service your clients properly. Although IT support is critical for your business, it is also very important to trust and select the right support company for you. It is essential to hire a provider that genuinely understands your needs and meets your requirement, with the ability to help you excel, prevent and solve any IT issues you might experience. When looking for an IT support service, make an informed choice: read through reviews and customer opinions and don’t be afraid to ask questions to know what you are going to get!

Are you looking for high quality IT Support for your business, at a price that won't break the bank? Do you need an IT support company who can support your Network Infrastructure, Servers, Desktop and Mobile devices?

Want to find out more about our IT Support services and how we can help you work, collaborate and increase your teams IT performance. Then why not email us hello@newtonit.co.uk to learn more.

Cloud storage and working remotely from anywhere

Due to the many advancements in cloud computing and online networks, working remotely is easier than ever.

Today, many industries are shifting away from the “office environment” and 9-to-5 routines in favour of a more flexible approach.

In this day and age, there are countless entrepreneurs, consultants, designers or other professionals working remotely from home or their favourite coffee shops, on their own schedule.

Cloud Computing

Cloud technologies make it extremely easy to strengthen communication and synergy with colleagues and collaborators located miles apart. Through cloud storage systems, individuals can share files in real time, as well as collaborate on content creation and other tasks from distant places. In addition to that, cloud technologies can enable professionals to remain continually in touch with coworkers or customers, monitoring the progress on any task or making a difference in the way people handle different aspects of a process by collaborating through the cloud.

With all of the aforementioned perks, it is not surprising that cloud technologies are highly regarded as one of the primary contributing factors that led to the boom of remote workforce worldwide. Today, businesses can hire individuals from various country, assembling professional teams by sourcing the best talent from different countries.

Want to find out more about our cloud solutions and how we can help your team work from anywhere?  Then why not email us hello@newtonit.co.uk to learn more.

 

Alexa, who is our winner?

Amazon Echo

Last week the Newton IT team attended the Civil Society Technology Conference at the Mermaid Centre in London. This is the ninth year that Newton IT Solutions has supported this fantastic event, and yet again the conference was sold out and a huge success.

Newton IT were amongst the specialist exhibitors on hand to speak with delegates about technology solutions and the latest products and services available to businesses and charitable organisations. Throughout the conference, Newton IT offered delegates the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win a fabulous Amazon Alexa Echo, the AI (Artifical Intelligence) home automation speaker.  Delegates needed to complete a short questionnaire about the technical challenges and requirements for their organisations to be within a chance of winning the superb prize.

The lucky winner was drawn randomly during the last session and the winner was Claire Edwards from the Samaritans, huge congratulations to Claire from all of the Newton IT team.

Claire Edwards - Winner of the Amazon Alexa Echo at the Charity Technology Conference 2017. Prize awarded by Jay Patel, Managing Director of Newton IT Solutions. 

Claire Edwards - Winner of the Amazon Alexa Echo at the Charity Technology Conference 2017. Prize awarded by Jay Patel, Managing Director of Newton IT Solutions. 

Jay Patel, Managing Director of Newton IT commented;

"This year's Charity Technology Conference was another huge success. It was yet again such a pleasure to be involved with such an important conference and have the opportunity to meet with so many charities. We look forward to working with and supporting all the charities we spoke to throughout the conference. And finally congratulations to Claire Edwards our winner of the prize draw, I am sure Alexa will feature highly in your offices at the Samaritans".

If you would like to learn more about the Civil Society Technology Conference then you can visit https://www.civilsociety.co.uk for more information.  

 

 

 

 

Civil Society Technology Conference

Today Newton IT are exhibiting at the Civil Society Technology Conference in London. Newton IT has been supporting the technology conference for the last several years.

Jay Patel, Managing Director of Newton IT commented;

 "We have been supporting and helping charities for the past 10 years, providing honest and professional advice, thus allowing charities to decide what technologies and IT solutions would be beneficial to their s organisations".

With Information Technology moving at such a fast pace, the Civil Society Technology Conference is a brilliant opportunity for IT decision makers to find out about the latest technologies and speak with many different solutions providers throughout the day. 

Newton IT Stand

 

 

For more information about the conference visit  https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/technology.html

 

They think it's all over, it is now!

Wembley London

After months of planning and preparation, the Newton IT Cyber Security & GDPR event at the Iconic Wembley Stadium finished on a high. 

Just over 48 hours have passed since the final whistle was blown at the Cyber Security & GDPR conference on Wednesday 11th October. The feedback received so far has been fantastic and it is very rewarding to hear such positive comments. 

We would once again like to thank all of our speakers, sponsors and partners who helped make the event a real success. If you would like to get in touch with our expert speakers, below are their contact details below.

David Bell - (Newton IT & Simboc) david.bell@newtonit.co.uk

Jay Patel (Newton IT) jay.patel@newtonit.co.uk

Joseph Cooksey (Barclays Bank) joseph.cooksey@barclays.com 

David Gibbs (Essex & Kent CyberCrime Unit) david.gibb@essex.pnn.police.uk 

Paul Rolison (Cyber Strategies) paul.rolison@cyberstrategies.co.uk 

Nick Looby (Feet on the Ground Training) nick@feetontheground.co.uk 

Yasmine Lupin (Lupin Solicitors) y.lupin@lupinslaw.com 

Steward Connors (TermSet) stewart@termset.com 

We have uploaded a number of pictures from the conference to our Facebook page, which you can access by clicking this link Cyber Security & GDPR Photos  Please don't forget to like and follow our page too!

If you attended the conference we would welcome your feedback and would ask you to complete our simple 60-second survey. Just click this link to access the survey and let us know how we did - Conference Feedback Survey 

We would once again like to thank all our guests for attending the conference and we look forward to catching up with you all very soon.

Meanwhile, if Newton IT Solutions or any of our speakers can be of any assistance, then please get in touch.

Here is some of the fantastic feedback received so far;

"I enjoyed the event at Wembley.  A good mix of speakers, with valuable content, and a great tour of Wembley Stadium to finish the day"

"A superb day; informative, fun and great to be in the company of such experts"

"Before time rushes away I just wanted to say a huge thank you for today. It was superbly organised at an incredible venue and all the finishing touches and layout made it probably the best I’ve been to. Loved the care and attention put into the refreshments etc and the event itself was brilliant. Thank you! And please pass on my sincere thanks to the sponsors and the efficiency of the Wembley staff too"

"Just wanted to thank you for putting on a great day today and for being so kind to allow me to attend"

"The keynote speakers were all great and definitely very knowledgeable in their area of expertise" 

"It was superbly organised at an incredible venue and all the finishing touches and layout made it probably the best I’ve been to. I thought it was great how all the speakers were in agreement with the over-arching subject; each highlighting the others' points. Loved the care and attention put into the refreshments etc and the event itself was brilliant. Thank you! Please pass on my sincere thanks to all the sponsors and the efficiency and helpfulness of the Wembley staff too"

"The possibility to attend a conference at Wembley was awesome. Focusing on both GDPR and Cyber Security was brilliant. The conference time was perfect, and the speakers hold a very high standard"

"Very well structured and informative. Amazing venue and all keynote speakers were great"