Episode 2:

How to reduce your IT costs, fast!

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Most small and medium-sized Canadian businesses have had it tough enough these past years, so if cutting your costs has become a renewed priority, we have some good news for you. While it may seem counter-intuitive, upgrading your tech mix may be an easy and fast way to reduce your operational costs and to introduce some powerful new technology in the process. Here’s a checklist of fixes to consider…

Consolidate IT licenses
Companies often maintain multiple IT licenses—for everything from video conferencing software and productivity solutions, to email and hosting. Managing all these service agreements and vendors is no small task. So why not consider an end-to-end integrated solution in the cloud, like Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure? You’ll benefit from state-of-the-art productivity and you’ll save money.

Get rid of old servers
If you’ve got old servers running out-of-date software, you can make the leap to the cloud and cut costs. Windows Server 2012 R2 will provide you with state-of-the-art security and performance, without having to maintain machines—let alone buy new ones. You may even be able to reclaim your server room! This migration is a must for anyone still running Windows Server 2003, which is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Upgrade to Windows 10
Microsoft is offering a free upgrade of any device running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, a first from the company and an opportunity for you to boost your competitiveness. There are lots of ways your business will benefit from this upgrade, but one is how Windows 10 provides a single, scalable mobile device management solution to help you keep costs down.

Subscribe to Office
Upgrade to Office 365 for a full suite of apps that every modern business should enjoy, with no upfront costs for software. From the latest version of classic apps like Word and Excel to video conferencing and online meetings, Office 365 empowers staff with enterprise-strength productivity tools. And because Office always stays up to date, there’s no cost, work or time required for updates.

Improve IT security
Security concerns, like data leaks, viruses, and systems failures can result in lost productivity, aggravation and reputation damage. Do not wait until you have experienced losses from a cyber-threat to upgrade. Embrace a solution like Microsoft Azure to ensure your data and apps are always available and secure in the cloud, protected by advanced encryption and firewalls.

Simplify device management
We say again: a single mobile management solution for all of your devices saves a lot of time and money! At 50% less than the cost of buying standalone solutions, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility manages Windows, Android™ and Apple® devices, introduces self-service employee tools to reduce management costs and provides single-sign on to thousands of apps, like Salesforce.

Get a new IT plan.
If the idea of modernizing your business intrigues you, but you’re not sure where to start, your best bet is to work with a Microsoft Certified Partner to develop a plan unique to your needs and wants. If you already have a partner, simply ask them to put forward a proposal to cut costs and boost productivity. If you don’t have a partner already, we can help you find one today.

The best part? You can try Office 365 Business Premium for free. You’ll need to register to give it a shot, but there’s no pressure or purchase necessary!