Microsoft Sri Lanka launched their next generation software Office 365, a cutting
edge technology advancement, at their Partner Conference 2012 held at Waters Edge,
Office 365 will be a revolutionary change in the way the modern corporates will
operate in the future; enabled on a Cloud platform it will support a host of their
mature products to be accessed on a need to use basis. Cloud computing allows enterprises
to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and
less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating
and unpredictable business demand.
"The use of Office 365 will help businesses become more efficient in the way they
operate and also help reduce their Capex cost which will become a game changer for
businesses and give them an edge over competition" says Imran Viscassim, Director
– Enterprise Partner Group at Microsoft Sri Lanka.
In one way, this new software will be a complete paradigm shift in the way IT will
operate in a business environment and even shift existing loci on how the CEO and
CIO will approach IT related decisions in their companies.
Cloud services with the availability of Office 365, brings together Microsoft Office,
Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online
in an always-up-to-date service, which would enable businesses of all sizes to expand
their customer bases and drive new revenue.
Addressing the gathering of partners, Country Manager for Microsoft Sri Lanka &
Bangladesh, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne said, “This launch is a significant achievement
for Sri Lanka. Office 365 is not just another global product we are launching in
Sri Lanka. This is a service, which is made specifically available for Sri Lanka,
and I am proud to say that Sri Lanka is amongst a few selected countries in South
East Asia to have this service available. With Office 365, businesses of all sizes,
big and small, can now access enterprise-ready business solutions with a predictable
monthly or annual subscription, effectively removing the need for significant upfront
investments in IT infrastructure and maintenance. Office 365 will be a driving force
that enables improved business productivity and collaboration while simultaneously
boosting output. Today’s launch will level the playing field for local companies
by giving them access to powerful IT capabilities.”
The Microsoft Cloud Services, which is well on track to becoming one of the fastest
growing offers in the company’s history, with Office 365 will provide companies
the opportunity to reach new customer segments, innovative ways to grow revenue
and accelerate sales cycles. One of the distinctive advantages customers have as
opposed to other cloud-based offers in the market is the ability to work on a hybrid
model where the services can be accessed either on premise or on the cloud, allowing
them to use Cloud in their own terms.
Imran Vilcassim says that customers across the globe are moving to Cloud in order
to gain access to technology anytime, anywhere and on any device; and that brings
in considerable saving of both cost and energy. He says, “With the cloud, customers
continue to enjoy great technology without the burden of managing it which is now
entrusted to Microsoft. Customers pay only for the services they use without having
the hassle of maintaining all their computing needs and resources themselves. They
can also scale their IT capacity up or down almost instantaneously as circumstances
dictate. Cloud is the next best thing for most companies and Office 365 based cloud
services is the next big offer from Microsoft to serve the needs of the customer.
It aids these transformative changes and enables customers to improve their business
productivity and bottom line.”
Office 365 provides people with the ability to have immediate access to information
and connections they are used to – they can meet anyone, anywhere real time to share
and collaborate on work. The service is easy to configure and companies without
a dedicated IT department can easily control the access to their IT system, whilst
maintaining more agility in using IT applications such as email and calendaring
capabilities on Exchange Online that grants remote access to email and contacts
via their smartphones and PCs.
With Office 365, people can stay on the “same page” using instant messaging and
virtual meetings with people who are just down the hall or across the world. They
can work on files and documents at the same time and share ideas as easily as they
can share calendars. Office 365 gives people new ways to work together with ease,
on virtually any device, giving businesses the reliability, security and IT controls
they need in the cloud, even without a dedicated IT staff.
Moving to the cloud with Office 365 does not require a business to change the way
it works because familiar productivity tools from Microsoft Office applications
are at the heart of Office 365. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook
and other Office applications connect to Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync
to deliver a world-class solution for communication and collaboration.
What makes Office 365 a game-changer for businesses of all sizes is the availability
of a wide range of service plans designed to meet the needs of any business, ranging
from the largest to the smallest. Office 365 for enterprises has an array of choices,
from simple email to comprehensive suites to meet the needs of businesses of all
sizes. Customers can now get Microsoft Office Professional Plus on a pay-as-you-go
basis with cloud-based versions of the industry’s leading business communications
and collaborations services. Each of these plans come with the advanced I.T. controls,
security, 24x7 IT support and reliability that is synonymous with Microsoft.
Microsoft is building a strong partner ecosystem around Office 365, including systems
integrators, software vendors, resellers, and other partners. With the announcement
made today, the company is expanding that ecosystem as they partner in new ways
with market leading service providers in Sri Lanka. These companies will package
Office 365 with their own services – from Web hosting and broadband to finance solutions
and mobile services – and bring those new services to small and midsize businesses
locally. Office 365 partners in Sri Lanka represent some of the best-known, most-trusted
IT service providers in the country.
Microsoft Sri Lanka marks the launch of Cloud services in Sri Lanka with the unveiling
of Office 365
Imran Vilcassim, Director Enterprise Business, Microsoft Sri Lanka addressing the
CIO and EVP of John Keells Holdings, Ramesh Shanmuganathan (Right) registering John
Keells as Microsoft Sri Lanka's first Office 365 customer.
Panel Discussion on Office 365