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Four ways to drive better business performance with Microsoft’s Modern Workplace

By  Justin Sharrocks,
 14 March 2022

If there was one common thread across businesses of all sizes during the past 24 months, it would have to be the acceleration of new technology implementation. COVID-19 working conditions required remote and flexible working arrangements, and cloud-based platforms and collaboration tools were the best way to enable this.

Through digital transformation, businesses have found plenty of productivity benefits beyond lockdowns. Moving to cloud-based systems like Microsoft’s 365 suite has allowed many companies to become more agile, flexible, and resilient in the face of a changing work environment. Not only that, many organisations have found collaboration tools essential for staff morale, teamwork and staying connected in an increasingly remote and mobile work environment.

As experts in managing and delivering Microsoft Modern Workplace environments, our specialists have helped numerous Kiwi businesses to use Microsoft’s 365 suite to streamline their operations, creating efficiencies wherever work takes place. Here’s four ways any business can drive better business performance by embracing the Modern Workplace.

Streamline systems for a better working experience
Whether working remotely, or in the office, easy access to company applications is essential. If your systems and access is overly complicated, they simply won’t be utilised properly.

Microsoft Office 365 is an excellent tool for streamlining your systems and tools. It allows you to keep important apps, like email, document folders, and contacts in a single platform that’s accessible both within the network, or through a remote log in.
The majority of IT teams we work with find it incredibly easy to leverage Microsoft 365, especially as it allows most businesses to retain the same systems and licenses in a streamlined, easy to manage platform.

Share And Collaborate
Microsoft 365 allows you to put your business documents in the cloud and share them securely, both internally and externally, inviting team members and customers to join a team or collaborate on a document. You have clear visibility over who is working on what and where, with no double entries and smooth syncing.

SharePoint helps tie the bundle of functionality together, allowing for files to be saved in the cloud in neatly organised document libraries, with helpful integrations and approvals. Emails can be sent, and notifications posted in Teams as part of the workflow.

Simplify communication via Teams
Teams is included in the 365 suite and is one of the best tools for collaborative working, providing a single hub that allows users to work seamlessly across any Microsoft 365 apps that are integrated on the backend. Many businesses use Teams as a ‘one stop shop’ for bringing together chat, calls, meetings, file sharing, project communications and third-party tools all in one place.

If you want to get the most out of your Microsoft licensing investment, adding voice to Teams is a great solution. Kordia has helped many customers migrate their voice services to Teams, so they can reap the benefits of a cloud calling service that integrates seamlessly with their other Microsoft 365 solutions. We also provide a managed service with ongoing technical support for the Teams Tenant and help with escalation to Microsoft where needed for ticket escalation or call quality issues.

Teams also comes as a mobile application – allowing users to host audio, video, and web meetings with colleagues and customers alike, as well as integrating seamlessly with Outlook. This makes it perfect for those who need to stay connected and in sync while on the move.

Secure Wherever You Are
With Microsoft 365, it is easy to manage and secure your business to run remotely, even with guest users, or if you need to use an alternative device.
When using the same systems on and off-site, everything is likely to be compliant, secure, and reliable, plus multi-factor authentication, conditional access policies, and geo-locking ability provide other levels of assurance to protect your data and devices.

Whether you’ve just begun your modernisation journey, or you’re looking to further enhance your existing Microsoft Modern Workplace implementation, Kordia’s specialist managed IT team can help you achieve the best outcomes for your business.
Reach out to us for a free assessment of your productivity tools, and we’ll show you how to make the most of your time and drive better business performance.