So you’ve decided to migrate to the cloud as a policy decision, but can’t figure out where to start? You know it starts with software, as it forms the very basic ingredient of your organizational productivity.

Without the right cloud native software to support your cloud data, your move to the cloud would be nothing more than a cosmetic change. As operations grow in complexity, your software needs are also getting ever more specific. Gone are the days of generic, one size fits all solutions.

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Most likely, Microsoft makes up the largest component of your company’s software environment (client OS, Server OS, Office, Exchange), so that’s as good as any place to start. You will probably start with Office, agreed, but what do you need to know to make an informed decision?

Will you be able to find the right version of MS Office over your cloud service, so there are no integration related nightmares? Once you migrate your data from on premise MS Office to the cloud, will your data retain its integrity? These are some huge concerns you need to address.

You’re still on Office 2003 or 2007, and you really need to get to Office 2010, but hear that the system requirements are pretty steep and you won’t dare have that dreaded “machine refresh” conversation with your manager. You know the cloud can help, but again, where to start?

You’ve heard about Office 365, but don’t know much about it. You’ve heard about Office Pro Plus, delivered as a monthly service from a service provider, but don’t know what that means either. You also know that you have some type of Microsoft licensing agreement, but might not know which type or how to leverage it within the existing framework.

What you do know is that the mere thought of licensing causes severe headaches and full body spasms. The wrong licensing decision can be costly, commit you to a long term contract, and worst, may even be non-compliant with regulatory guidelines.

Regulatory compliance in terms of data is getting tougher with every passing day. It is now becoming increasingly difficult to do business without meeting the prescribed regulatory standards. In this scenario, what alternatives do you have if you are non compliant as a business.

Well, the answer is simple, leverage the compliance standards of your service provider like dinCloud. For all intents and purposes, you cloud provider is an extension of your business and it would never hurt if your CSP’s data centers meet compliance standards.

This would then make an even stronger case for a cloud provider such as dinCloud. In addition to leveraging the immense flexibility, scalability and security of the cloud, you also get to become compliant in terms of your industry’s regulatory standards thru dinCloud.

What you need is a Cloud partner that:-

  • Has extensive knowledge of Microsoft licensing programs (EAs, Open Value, Select, Open…etc.), Microsoft Online Services (Office 365) and Microsoft partner hosted solutions (SPLA).
  • Can analyze your existing Microsoft investment and leverage that to get you to the cloud, without adding any unwelcome cost overheads.
  • Most importantly, knows the different flavors of Office to make the best recommendation to get you to the Cloud, some of which include:-
    • Office 365 (all 5 flavors)
    • Office Pro Plus, dinCloud hosted (software “on-demand” – just pay for what you need on a flat rate monthly subscription model)
    • Office Pro Plus through your existing Microsoft agreement to leverage something which you have already paid for
    • Highlighting the benefits of Office hosted or Office 365; and suggesting the better option from the two available alternatives

dinCloud is that very partner which ticks all the above boxes. We can review your needs and deliver the best fit Office solution for your organization. dinCloud – a trustworthy partner throughout your journey into the CLOUD.

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