Let CTG’s New Microsoft 365 Services Ease Your Leap to the Cloud
Let CTG’s New Microsoft 365 Services Ease Your Leap to the Cloud
Jul 29, 2020
One of the most controversial arguments in the business world over the last decade has been whether to allow knowledge workers to spend more time working outside the office (read: home). Proponents on both sides had strong feelings, and it looked like the debate was poised to continue for at least another decade, especially as even tech giants began to rescind their workforces’ ability to telecommute.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened and it was game over. Organizations could either allow their knowledge workers to work from home during shelter-in-place lockdowns or severely limit their ability to conduct business. As you might expect, it wasn’t a difficult choice for most.
What many discovered along the way, however, is that making the leap from technology designed for on-premise workers to enabling collaboration via the cloud wasn’t just a matter of subscribing to Microsoft 365 and giving everyone an account. As Han Solo tells Luke Skywalker in “A New Hope,” “(It) ain’t like dusting crops, boy.”
Microsoft 365 is an incredibly powerful tool for mid-to-large-size enterprises. It has many advanced capabilities that enable collaboration and drive productivity across cities, regions, states, countries and even continents. That is, if you know how to take advantage of those capabilities.
While Microsoft 365 does come with some basic templates and functionality to help you get started, to truly get the benefits it offers you need a certain level of expertise and experience, especially when it comes to migrating users and data from older versions of Microsoft SharePoint or server-based applications.
That’s why CTG has now formally introduced our new Microsoft 365 Services. As a longtime Microsoft Gold Partner, we have extensive experience not only implementing but customizing Microsoft 365 for the specific needs of all size enterprises. Our expertise can help smooth an organization’s transition to the cloud no matter where they currently are in their journey.
For those enterprises that were already well on their way to the cloud, CTG can dig in deep to help them achieve higher levels of productivity and collaboration. Despite their success they may still only be using a fraction of what Microsoft 365 offers them.
For those enterprises that were slowly working their way toward the cloud, we can help accelerate the transition while minimizing disruptions to the business – all while freeing their internal IT departments to focus on core technologies that drive business value.
And for those who have, shall we say, had the cloud thrust upon them in the past few months, we can set them on the right path to ensure a successful transition from an office-based environment to one that accommodates the current realities. They can then use this time to decide on their business goals and measure performance, cost and other factors to determine whether telecommuting is merely a bridge to returning to the office or should become a permanent option in the enterprise’s overall work strategy.
CTG’s Microsoft 365 Services encompass three primary areas:
Creating the roadmap. For enterprises that are early in the journey, CTG’s experts can evaluate the business, its goals, its current technologies, its workforce’s readiness and other factors and develop the roadmap for an effective transition to the cloud. This service is valuable even to enterprises that plan to return all or most of their workforce to an office environment once the pandemic has subsided. Microsoft 365 offers a rich set of capabilities that help organizations collaborate and share information more efficiently to drive business value while delivering the highest levels of data security. The current situation is the perfect time to learn what it can do for your enterprise.
Leveraging the platform. There is a huge difference between implementing Microsoft 365 and actually taking advantage of all it can do. Putting all the products and tools in place is just the first step. The real magic happens when business apps are configured and then tailored with enhanced functionality that meet the specific needs of your business. CTG can help enterprises quickly expand from individuals using paper, or simple Excel spreadsheets, in their daily work to achieving widespread collaboration across a range of powerful applications. All without the long development cycles normally associated with this type of implementation. The only limit is your imagination on where you want the business to go.
Support and use. In an ideal world, once applications are implemented they would be understood and enthusiastically adopted universally across the enterprise. Then again, in an ideal world there wouldn’t be a global pandemic disrupting everything. Rather than having to develop your own power users, or relying on your IT staff to understand all the details of every service, CTG can supply full or partial teams to support user requests for additional services. CTG’s experts can develop the applications, deploy them, train users and manage the performance to ensure you are maximizing the value of your Microsoft 365 investment.
One other advantage to working with CTG for Microsoft 365 implementation is the partnerships we have developed across the Microsoft ecosystem of third-party products and add-ons. For example, while Microsoft 365 offers basic data backup capabilities, partners such as Keepit extend those capabilities to ensure faster, more comprehensive data back and recovery services.
CTG maintains a host of partnerships with top organizations offering enhancements to Microsoft 365 to ensure your deployment is optimized for your enterprise while remaining pain-free. And, of course, our status as a Microsoft Gold Partner ensures we remain on top of the latest Microsoft 365 developments and roadmap while learning from the shared experience of the partner network so we can help you keep your enterprise at the forefront of your industry.
Whether the cloud was part of your original technology roadmap or something you had thrust upon your enterprise, you want to be sure you’re deriving the maximum benefit from it. CTG’s new Microsoft 365 Services will help you get to where you’re going no matter where you are on your journey to the cloud.
Director, EIM Solutions, North America
Rick specializes in leading multi-project delivery of IT solutions by leveraging his ability to expertly establish strategic development platforms and design patterns, and to "get it right the first time." He has engineered critical solutions that are used globally to aid manufacturing and business management. Based on the delivery of more $50 million of projects in the last 10 years, Rick understands best practice for utilizing collaboration platforms, workflow engines, and data integration techniques. Rick has architected many software solutions using SharePoint and other Microsoft O365 products, leveraging Azure, and integrating these with other systems for global customers across a variety of industries.