Construction Companies Partner with Microsoft and Office 365 to Work Smarter
Today’s businesses are looking to succeed by working smarter, faster and more efficiently, and construction companies are no different in that regard. Where they do often differ from most other businesses is in their structure. Many construction companies have lots of employees in numerous offices scattered across the country and sometimes the globe. This presents challenges in building a scalable and secure IT environment for their employees.
How are some of the leading construction companies meeting this challenge of providing effective computing and productivity solutions to their dispersed workforces? They’re doing it by teaming up with Microsoft, the world leader in cloud computing and trusted partner with over 30 years experience providing enterprise solutions for businesses. Let’s take a closer look at three examples of how Microsoft is helping the construction industry.
At the heart of any construction company is project work and management. Construction solutions firm Hilti Corporation was looking to coordinate projects in its offices in over 20 countries spread out over 6 continents. How did Hilti keep its projects organized and moving forward when contributors where scattered across different time zones around the world? Hilti chose Office 365 and Microsoft Project Online over a homegrown solution for the security and global availability with the added flexibility to quickly scale out and up – all at a fraction of the cost of building their own solution. See how Hilti bolsters its bottom line with Microsoft Project! >>>
Learn why more and more businesses are playing it smart and trusting Microsoft to help them with their cloud computing needs. See how Microsoft Office 365 delivers the productivity tools we’ve all learned to trust like Word and Excel, along with services and apps like Sharepoint, Skype and Project that allow teams, whether local or remote, to work efficiently and collaboratively.
Construction Firm Uses Cloud-Based Tools to Advance Mobility and Productivity
The Walsh Group, a construction firm, is busy building strategies to accommodate the proliferation of employee-owned devices used on job sites across the United States. For Walsh, the business case for enabling BYOD (bring your own device) is clear: the more employees can use their devices to access and share corporate resources from anywhere at any time, the better they can collaborate on efficient project management. The company turned to the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite to enable this new workplace scenario.
Founded in 1898, the Walsh Group is a family-held business that specializes in large-scale construction projects, including airports, highways, and correctional facilities. In 2013, Walsh was recognized as the top bridge builder in the United States by Engineering News-Record. Walsh builds its business with as much care as it constructs large-scale installations for its clients, always managing its workload to minimize financial risk and never undertaking a contract without the proper resources to guarantee its success. To that end, the company has invested in a modern technology foundation to support every aspect of its business, using solutions that drive efficiency while minimizing costs.
Taking Steps to Promote Mobility
Most recently, Walsh turned its attention to new IT strategies that boost mobility and productivity for employees. “As a general rule of thumb, the more time our project managers and engineers spend in the field, the better we are as a company,” says Patrick Wirtz, Innovation Manager for the Walsh Group. “These managers are responsible for information flow and the cost of the project. Instead of sitting at their desks looking at blueprints, they’d prefer to be out walking the site, talking to supervisors and tradespeople. They need to access and share critical project information in the field so everyone stays informed about project developments. If an issue arises, everyone can work together to take action and avoid costly rework and delays.”
Walsh took one of its first steps toward promoting employee mobility in 2013, when it subscribed to Microsoft Office 365. Employees began bringing their own devices to work to access the cloud-based business email, collaboration, video conferencing, and file storage services, as well as Microsoft Office applications. They liked the convenience of anytime, anywhere access to their business productivity tools. “We saw a proliferation of unmanaged, non corporate-owned devices, and we were getting requests to access more and more corporate data and resources from employees using their own devices on the work site,” says Wirtz.
Walsh owns approximately 1,500 iPhones. These, along with 300 iPads, are deployed to management staff. However, Wirtz estimates that there are approximately 2,400 employee-owned iPads carried onto job sites across the country every day. “We wanted to accommodate users’ requests to access data on their own devices because we know the business value in enabling mobility. But to do that, we needed a better handle on who was using what device to access what data,” says Wirtz. “In the construction industry, we deal with a lot of confidential data, especially with government contracts. It is vitally important that proprietary information, such as data that we use when bidding for new contracts, doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.”
A Blueprint for Enterprise Mobility
So instead of supporting a small, managed set of corporate-approved hardware, Walsh IT staffers needed to address the challenges of an emerging bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenario. More employees wanting to use their own devices, and a growing demand for ubiquitous—and secure—access to information had changed the IT landscape with as much impact as a bulldozer clearing a new job site. Instead of focusing its management objectives on corporate devices, Walsh needed to turn its attention on accommodating employees and how they wanted to access their applications—anywhere, anytime, on any device.
“We had to start with identity before we could manage users’ devices,” says Wirtz. “We wanted a centralized identity management solution that covered employees’ access to both cloud and on-premises applications and data. Next we needed a tool to manage and secure their devices, and finally we needed a way to protect the corporate data that was being accessed and shared. In other words, to enable mobility and productivity, we needed to know our users, know their devices, and know that our data was safe.”
Walsh didn’t want to buy and manage multiple third-party tools to enable this scenario. “We are committed to moving to cloud computing where we can,” says Wirtz. “It’s cost-effective and frees up time for IT staff to deliver more strategic value to the company. So we began looking for a single, cloud-based solution that would take us as far as we could go with our enterprise mobility strategies.”
The Walsh Group found the cloud-based mobility solution that it needed: the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite. IT staffers are using the suite’s three cloud-based services—Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, Windows Intune, and Azure Rights Management—for user identity and access management, mobile device management, and file and data protection capabilities. “The Enterprise Mobility Suite offered everything we needed in one, cost-effective package,” says Wirtz. “We spent less on 2,700 licenses for the entire suite than it would have cost for one third-party mobile device management solution.”
Walsh deployed the Enterprise Mobility Suite in June 2014. IT teams were impressed with how easy it was to subscribe to the services and set up the components. “With a lot of the features, we could see immediate benefits with only a couple of hours’ worth of work,” says Wirtz. “We deployed the different components of the suite concurrently; for example, the network team worked on the application proxy capabilities and the help desk worked on the self-service and password reset features.”
Walsh also took advantage of usage rights for Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager server and client access licenses (CALs) that are included with the Enterprise Mobility Suite. Walsh gets an unlimited number of server licenses and a CAL for every Azure Active Directory Premium licensed user.
A Unified Environment
An added benefit for Walsh is that most of the components work with the on-premises technology that the company already has. Azure Active Directory Premium works with Active Directory, the directory service that comes with the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. The Walsh IT staff gains a directory in the cloud for identity and access management to software-as-a-service applications that syncs with its on-premises directory for single sign-on across cloud and on-premises applications.
Similarly, Windows Intune, the mobile device management element of the solution, connects with the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager component of System Center 2012, thus providing a single console for both tools. IT staffers use this console to develop user-centric device and application management policies that cover both devices that are domain-joined and those that are not domain-joined.
Finally, Walsh IT staffers who are familiar with file and data protection features in Active Directory Rights Management Services, a server role within Windows Server 2012, now get those capabilities and more from Microsoft Azure Rights Management, the cloud-based service.
“The Enterprise Mobility Suite gave us the benefit of deployment flexibility,” says Wirtz. “We could enable features as we saw fit, without replacing our existing technology. Everything runs in tandem with our existing infrastructure, so we don’t have to worry about affecting the organization with a disruptive upgrade—and we maximize the benefits of both on-premises and cloud-based IT investments.”
Walsh is using Windows Intune to administer 2,400 non domain-joined devices. When employees enroll their devices in the Windows Intune service, they can access the Windows Intune Company Portal to download company-endorsed applications and services such as Office 365 services like Microsoft SharePoint Online collaboration sites and OneDrive for Business online storage space. “It is only because we use Windows Intune to manage and secure employees’ devices that we can enable mobile access to corporate resources,” says Wirtz.
By choosing the Enterprise Mobility Suite, the Walsh Group got the comprehensive cloud solution that it needed to support people-centric IT policies that embrace employee BYOD. By taking this step to accommodate a new workplace reality, IT staffers at Walsh are helping their organization increase productivity. “We use the Enterprise Mobility Suite to empower employees to use their own devices to securely access and share their data,” says Wirtz. “The upshot? We’re improving project management and reducing costs.”
Improved Security Boosts Competitive Advantage
When Walsh bids for government contracts, it has to be able to protect confidential blueprints, especially for maximum-security buildings such as correctional facilities. If blueprints are lost or stolen, it could cost a construction company many millions of dollars to redesign the building. Before subscribing to the Enterprise Mobility Suite, Walsh locked its blueprints inside a trailer at a construction site, and project managers wasted time walking back and forth every time they needed to refer to the documents. “By using the Enterprise Mobility Suite to manage employee access policies, we are now securely delivering blueprints to project managers’ devices, right in the field,” says Wirtz. “Such capabilities give us a competitive advantage when we are bidding for government contracts.”
Walsh uses the Enterprise Mobility Suite to enhance data security and reduce risk in other ways. According to Wirtz, there’s an uptick in “suspicious sniffer traffic from abroad” when the company is working on a US government contract. A sniffer is a piece of software that “listens” to the data flowing into and out of a computer attached to a network. Today, Walsh is mitigating the risk of network vulnerabilities by using the reporting capabilities in the Enterprise Mobility Suite to flag abnormal logons. “We can see anomalies, such as one person logging on to two different machines on the East Coast and the West Coast at the same time,” says Wirtz. “Now suspicious activities can be investigated before any damage is done.”
Walsh also uses the multi-factor authentication capabilities within the Enterprise Mobility Suite to help mitigate the risk of spear phishing, which focuses on a single user or department within an organization. “We like the flexible multi-factor authentication options because they help to minimize impact to our users,” says Wirtz. “We are using the option that requires multi-factor authentication only in certain scenarios, such as when the employee isn’t in the office or is using a new device.”
Enhanced Collaboration Promotes Business Agility
As requests for proposals come on the market, Walsh could be competing with a company for one contract and very quickly be working with the same company in a joint venture on another project. The faster Walsh can move to grant access to the appropriate project information to federate with these new partners, the quicker both companies can get to work and stay in control of project deadlines. Walsh uses identity federation within the Enterprise Mobility Suite to help quickly and securely share data and collaborate with external businesses. “We quickly grant access to documents stored in our SharePoint Online environment to employees in a partner company using their own Active Directory user name and password,” says Wirtz. “Just as quickly, we can remove that access. And individuals who leave a partner’s employ are automatically blocked from access to Walsh data.”
Walsh is investigating using the Enterprise Mobility Suite to publish its applications on the Internet in a more secure manner than its current method of using a perimeter network (also known as DMZ, demilitarized zone, and screened subnet). “We want to share elements of our enterprise resource planning solution with contractors for cost reporting, so we need that application to be as secure as if it was behind our own firewall,” says Wirtz. “We can achieve this using Application Proxy capabilities within the Azure Active Directory Premium service.”
Improved Information Flow Helps Win Contracts
At Walsh, bidding for contracts is a collaborative effort that requires sharing sensitive information. In order to estimate costs and profits, the company needs to calculate the “production rate,” which sums up historical data from past jobs, such as how much concrete can be poured at a time. If competitors get hold of this information, it means they can underbid for the contract. To protect its data, only senior estimators at Walsh were entrusted with distributing production rates to other estimators around the country so they could bid on different contracts.
“Our senior estimators challenged us find a better way to securely distribute production rate data throughout the company, so we turned to the Enterprise Mobility Suite,” says Wirtz. “Now chief estimators use the Azure Rights Management service to assign policy-based access to the Microsoft Excel spreadsheets they send out. So only those employees who need to see production rate data will be able to.”
With this extra level of security at the file level, Walsh can distribute its content more directly throughout the company. “We are compiling our bids approximately 20 percent faster so we get our quotes in ahead of the competition,” says Wirtz. “Also, we are reducing the opportunity for manual errors while creating quotes, which could potentially save us millions of dollars due to inaccurate estimates.”
This capabilities also means that if a competitor gets access to the Excel sheet that contains Walsh production rate data, that person won’t be able to open or read the data because Azure Rights Management checks the identity of the user before the file can be opened.
Reduced IT Labor Enables Better Service to the Business
Since deploying the comprehensive enterprise mobility solution, Walsh IT staffers spend less time on administrative details. Wirtz estimates the IT department will save 15 hours a week by not having to manage the perimeter network. The help-desk staff is saving two hours a week from the 40 password reset requests that it usually gets every week, thanks to the self-service password reset capabilities that come with the Enterprise Mobility Suite.
“Because we now have a single source of truth regarding user identities and access to cloud and on-premises applications, we are offloading a lot of work in IT,” says Wirtz. “Beyond all the direct business benefits to the company that the Enterprise Mobility Suite delivers—a better competitive advantage, improved business agility, enhanced security, reduced costs—the big benefit for IT is that it enables us to be more of a strategic partner for the company. It’s been a great experience so far.”
Empower enterprise mobility
The Enterprise Mobility Suite from Microsoft unifies identity, data, and mobile device management in a people-centric approach. Company employees can be more productive by having the freedom to work from anywhere on virtually any device—with full, highly secure access that IT can monitor and manage easily and effectively.
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Mobility, Collaboration and Networking for Construction Companies
Microsoft Office 365 is more than just Word and Excel – Mobility, Collaboration and Networking
Everyone knows that Microsoft Office is the gold standard when it comes to office productivity suites. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook have been mainstays in the business world for decades. What many don’t know is that Microsoft has been quietly transforming Office into a powerful tool for our increasingly mobile-first, cloud-first world. This has resulted in an ecosystem of applications built around the core products that are changing the way that businesses operate and interact with their customers.
Construction companies are starting to take advantage of these powerful new features offered by Microsoft Office 365. Looking beyond the core applications of Word and Excel, this new version of Office has much to offer the construction industry. Let’s look at some of the more popular applications and how they’re being used by companies in your space:
Skype for Business
Virtual meetings are now a common practice in office environments, with meetings between offices, clients and partners taking place in front screens regardless of distance or time constraints. Mobile devices equipped with Skype for Business make it possible for construction companies that have crews on jobsites and project managers back in the office to quickly and efficiently coordinate virtual meetings out in the field. McClone Construction is providing all of its employees with Skype for Business on their phones, tablets and laptops to promote more personal and precise communication between employees. See how McClone is becoming a more mobile, agile and connected construction company.>>>
Microsoft Project has long been a favorite of project managers everywhere. Now that Project is available in the cloud, team members, project managers and executives can collaborate quickly and from virtually anywhere to keep projects running smoothly, on time and on budget. Construction solutions firm Hilti Corporation uses Project Online to coordinate projects in its offices in over 20 countries spread out over 6 continents, talk about collaboration! Best of all, because Project Online is in the cloud, scaling up can be done quickly and cost effectively. See why Hilti feels Project Online meets nearly 100% of its project management needs.>>>
Social isn’t just for personal communication any longer. Businesses are starting to see that there are huge productivity gains to be had by keeping employees social in the workplace. Yammer is a new private social network that helps employees and teams stay connected. Whether it’s collaborating on files and organizing around projects or simply starting conversations and keeping in touch, Yammer allows your people to stay connected anytime, anywhere. Shopping center operator Westfield Group uses Yammer to allow its people to share best practices across company functions and geographies. Everything from employee training, cross-center communication and keeping the global team abreast of real-time happenings is handled on Yammer. Watch a short video below on how Yammer is helping Westfield improve the management and operations of all their properties.
With Sway, employees have the ability to create and share powerful interactive presentations, reports, electronic newsletters and more. In just minutes, users can add their content and Sway will quickly and easily deliver a polished presentation or report. Best of all, one can use all manner of rich content - photos, videos, maps, diagrams, audio files and music - to create interactive and immersive experiences. Sway is an intelligent app that will suggest images, web links, and social mentions based on your content without the need to have multiple apps running. From a productivity perspective, Sway is fully mobile and integrated with Office 365 workflows allowing your employees to use Sway on the go, in the filed. Businesses are changing the way they communicate using Sway.
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Skype for Business Customer Story: Construction firm unites workforce, speeds pace of business with cloud services
McClone Construction Company: Construction firm unites workforce, speeds pace of business with cloud services
McClone Construction builds concrete structures throughout the United States, which requires seamless work among dispersed teams. The company standardized on Microsoft Office 365 to support close collaboration through frequent video calls, easy access to email and calendars, and a consistent experience across devices. It has increased employee productivity and flexibility, so it can tackle more projects while maintaining its high standard of work.
A solid foundation for business success
From parking garages and reservoirs to hospitals and universities, McClone Construction knows concrete. The California-based company has spent 40 years building structures throughout the United States, gradually expanding its offices to Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, and Texas. Along the way, the company has fostered a tradition of excellence, not just in its projects but also in its culture of teamwork and continuous improvement.
McClone Construction recently moved from a divisional business model to an integrated operation so that it could take greater advantage of employees’ skill sets to form teams based on a project’s location and type of work. “Ours is a cyclical business, and when one office is slow, another is often too busy to handle all the projects coming its way,” says Rick Owens, Project/IT Manager at McClone Construction. “By connecting our offices, we can tackle projects more effectively and achieve greater success as a comprehensive organization.”
Merging resources meant that the company needed to unify business processes across its former divisions. “In the past, engineers in our divisions used different ways of designing form systems, project managers followed their own methodologies, and workflows varied among teams,” says Owens. “We knew that uniting processes throughout the company would demand a lot more collaboration across offices than we’d ever done before.”
A new collaboration paradigm
Fostering the collaboration now expected of employees required giving them common technology. The company’s divisions used a range of technology systems, so McClone Construction looked to simplify. It wanted a solution that would be easy to use and straightforward to administrate, one that included the videoconferencing, messaging, and productivity software needed for efficient collaboration among dispersed colleagues. “In the past, we didn’t have much need to work across our offices, but the change in our business model caused us to take a careful look at how we could collaborate,” says Owens.
As McClone Construction looked at the available technology choices, it also examined the solutions that it already had in place throughout its divisions. The company found that one division had adopted Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based services when the division replaced its aging in-house messaging infrastructure. “We already knew many of the ways in which Office 365 could help the company at large because our Northwest Division had experience with it,” says Owens. “For instance, we liked using Microsoft Exchange Online so that we could avoid all the time-consuming system management that we’d endured in the past. But the biggest draw for companywide adoption was Skype for Business Online. We saw how it would give us video-calling and screen-sharing capabilities that would make it easier to conduct effective virtual meetings, without a lot of hassle to set them up.”
Employees have embraced video calling to such an extent that McClone Construction has reduced costs. Says Owens, “We’ve already seen a savings of at least 10 percent in our mobile phone costs, plus a 5 percent reduction in travel between offices, especially among upper management.”
Greater productivity from anywhere
Using Office 365 helps McClone Construction be more agile as it juggles projects across the company. “It’s much easier to establish a Skype for Business online call than to track down team members on their mobile phones,” says Owens. “We use the presence indicator to see who’s available and then just click to talk. Quickly finding project superintendents in the field and getting information to and from them without delays accelerates our pace of business.”
The company has found that its virtual meetings to coordinate operations among its widespread offices are more effective now, due to the use of video calls rather than audio conference calls. “There’s just something about seeing the people you’re talking to,” says Owens. “It’s the closest you can get to an in-person meeting. Using Skype for Business Online, we see colleagues’ expressions and gain a better understanding of the issues. We can get more done in less time because we also share screens so we’re all looking at the same materials.”
McClone Construction and its partners use Microsoft SharePoint Online to share information between companies. Internally, employees use it to maintain project team calendars and a single, easily accessible repository for engineering documentation.
In addition, employees use Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus and therefore have the same Microsoft Office programs available for use on a range of devices, including Windows Phones and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices. Owens, for example, might work on project plans on his PC at the office, make changes to it from home on his Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and review colleagues’ subsequent revisions from his smartphone on the way into the office. “Our employees can install Office programs on up to five devices, which really helps them stay productive when mobile,” says Owens. “Our executives and managers in particular use programs such as Microsoft OneNote Online extensively.”
Overall, Owens believes that the Office 365 components’ built-in efficiencies have the greatest impact on the company’s increased productivity. “We’ve significantly broadened our communication channels due to the Office 365 capabilities that are now at our fingertips,” says Owens. “Plus, Microsoft constantly expands Office 365 functionality, and we get the immediate benefit from product improvements because we don’t have to wait for the next upgrade cycle to take advantage.”
Support for business growth
McClone Construction appreciates that using Office 365 makes it easier to add and remove employees as the company changes. “Right now we’re experiencing significant growth that creates daily IT challenges, but we’re able to onboard new employees right away, giving them what they need to immediately work together no matter where they’re located, rather than taking days to get set up,” says Owens. “And if we opt to open a new office, getting that new area up and running will take approximately half the time that it took before, from a technology perspective. We’re no longer limited by technology—instead, we’re using Office 365 to become a more flexible, adaptable, successful organization.”
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Managed Solution Joins R.D. Olson To Fight Hunger Today for Generations of Tomorrow
Managed Solution, a highly honored and tenured managed services company and pioneer in managed, utility-based cloud computing, is a gold level sponsor for Canstruction 2015, an annual fundraising event where teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers and students compete in a competition to design and build structures made entirely from canned foods. Canstruction Orange County combines the fun of a design/build competition with an ingenious way to help end hunger with the Orange County Food Bank. Managed Solution is supporting their customer R.D. Olson Construction Group, a nationwide general contracting and construction management firm, in their pledge to raise over 9,000 cans to “Fight Hunger Today for Generations of Tomorrow.”
R.D. Olson teamed up with WATG to design a structure that will be made entirely out of canned foods, with more than 8000 cans to be exact. The structure is estimated to weigh more than 2500lbs and is a vast 10ft in height, depth and width. You can view a photo of their design below.
The sculptures will be on display through the month of September at South Coast Plaza in Orange County. At the conclusion of CANstruction OC on September 27th, all canned food items will be given to the Orange County Food Bank. The OC Food Bank services over 400 local charities, soup kitchens, low-income families & individuals, Food Stamp Outreach & Farm 2 Kids and is able to distribute nearly 20 million pounds of food annually.
“We are happy to support our clients charitable causes and provide resources for engagement and creativity to put an end to hunger,” says Ryan Ferrel, vice president of sales at Managed Solution. “We can do so much more for our community when we partner together and spread awareness for important causes like this.” Managed Solution believes in building meaningful partnerships that spark a positive impact to support local communities.
Help us spread awareness for a chance to win a $50 gift card to South Coast Plaza
During the month of September, stop by South Coast Plaza and take a photo with the R.D. Olson structure (make sure you find the correct structure. Hint: Managed Solution will also be listed as a sponsor on the plaque).
You will then be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the South Coast Plaza. Winners will be announced on October 1, 2015.
When you become a Canstruction sponsor you have the unique opportunity to invest in your community and reach an engaged demographic. The OC Food Bank works closely with corporate partners to build philanthropic initiatives that deliver clear outcomes to serve Orange County’s low-income children, families, seniors, and veterans. Learn more and support.
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About R.D. Olson Construction
R.D. Olson Construction is a nationwide general contracting and construction management firm recognized for reliability and customer loyalty. The firm is known for its hospitality construction expertise and a growing presence in healthcare properties, restaurants and multi-unit projects.
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Technology Tools For Construction Challenges
Project managers employed in the construction business have reported communication challenges being their team is constantly on the road. "We need to concentrate on construction, not on IT.” With all the critical safety and compliance regulations that take priority, technology tools for construction challenges should provide easy, effective resources to ensure communication and productivity.
Have you heard of the new office for construction? Microsoft Office 365 provides tools to help construction industries improve quality and trim timelines.
Office 365 in Construction
Office 365 provides access from anywhere.
Construction managers meet with clients to discuss the scope of the project. Then they relay the project ideas back to their team to create a plan. With Office 365, managers could eliminate a step by sharing files and working together on the same document.
Toolbox of communication.
Clear communication between project managers and workers is essential. Teams can join online meetings with HD video and screen sharing from anywhere or connect fast with social networking. This has been one of the key features utilized by construction companies because it helps them discuss project goals and achieve successful results.
Easily show clients a portfolio of past accomplishments by accessing secure data while on the road. Office 365 simplifies compliance by enabling you to archive, use in-place legal hold, and find the documents you need fast by searching across mailboxes, team sites, and recorded meetings.
Worry about construction, not IT.
Give your IT freedom, flexibility, and control while reducing your IT overhead. Connect your on-premises servers to Office 365 and run the latest version of Office side by side with a previous version while users transition.
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