1. It enables better collaboration. Working together—even when you’re far apart—is vital for business success today. The latest software takes team collaboration to new levels, whether you’re in the same building or working remotely. For example, Office 2016 let users co-author Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents; you can even see other people’s edits in real time. And with Skype in-app integration, you can talk, chat, or IM onscreen right inside your documents.
2. It saves time. In addition to all the productivity you’ll gain with enhanced collaboration, using cloud-based software ensures your team always has the most up-to-date applications available. No more IT time wasted installing patches or updates manually; no more putting company data at risk because some employees’ computers aren’t updated. With the latest cloud-based software, your applications update automatically in the background so you’re always up to date. And as your business needs continue to evolve, your cloud-based software evolves along with you, continually adding new features and new services to help you accomplish even more.
3. It offers greater security. Data security is becoming more complex—and more important—every day. For a small business, reliance on outdated software increases the risk that sensitive information can be leaked or hacked. When you subscribe to the latest cloud-based software, however, you know you’ve got the most current security measures on your side. For example, Office 2016 has built in data-loss prevention across Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, greatly reducing the chance that any sensitive business or customer data will be leaked.
4. It’s meant to be mobile. You and your team rely on mobile devices to get your work done. Shouldn’t your software be built for mobility? Today’s latest software relies on operating systems, like the new Windows 10, that run across tablets, phones, desktops, and laptops alike. That uniformity means you can seamlessly shift from one device to another and still be able to access the same files, documents, and data, synced so that it’s all current and correct.
The world of work has changed, and your business software needs to keep up—or your business will fall behind.