Office 365 (SaaS)
Venom offers Software as a service or as it is also known as SaaS, this can be a range of software offered such as Office 365, ownCloud and Skype for business.
Microsoft Office 365 is todays standard for business operations, it essentially is a cloud-based version of the popular Microsoft Office with almost no changed but the feeling that the apps have evolved and are much more dynamic.
The apps are updated automatically, without any downtime, and you won’t have to worry about any licensing issues.
Office 365 gives the ability to collaborate on documents and gives you the mobility of files as they are saved onto the cloud rather than on a static machine, this also adds a huge layer of protection since it will be stored in one of Venoms military grade data centres.
VENOM OFFICE 365 SUPPORT
VENOM OFFICE 365 SUPPORT
Take away the stresses of installing, maintaining, and updating your Office 365
With Venom support you get directly through to experienced IT engineers who will be able to quickly assist with issues and guidance. Using a large organisation like Microsoft can include multiple phone calls explaining your issues before getting through to someone who can help. Microsoft SLA’s can be a lot longer than the 2 hours Venom offer.Get in touch
Add extra security to your Office 365 set up with Venom Support
Whilst O365 provides you with security for the applications it provides, you are still responsible for patching, maintaining and updating your other applications as well the on premise hardware you will require to use the O365 products. Venom hosted desktop solution includes full UK based IT support including patching maintenance and break fix support. Extra security on top as we also include enterprise level Antivirus and remote monitoring software that monitors all of the key components on your devices.Get in touch
True accessibility on any device that has access to the internet
Using a Hosted Desktop solution provided by Venom gives you to access not just to the office suite and emails but all those key applications you use for the day to day running of your business. With Office 365 this only provides a cloud based system for files you have uploaded to Onedrive/Sharepoint. True accessibility on any device that has access to the internet.Get in touch
Extensive back that is above what is included in Office 365
What people don’t realise about O365 is that it doesn’t actually provide any form of backup for their solution included in the small monthly cost, this is an extra service you will need to purchase from your current IT provider. With Venom’s hosted desktop solution, the backup is not only of all of your data but also key applications that is included within the monthly cost.Get in touch
Either form of Office is great, but each one has some unique advantages.
Office 2016 and Office 2019 are each sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost. However, there are no feature upgrades, only security patches, which means you’ll eventually have to buy a newer version at some point, and at full price.
In addition, you can only install this stand-alone version on one machine and it has very limited collaborative tools. In the long run though, this is usually the cheaper option.
Microsoft 365 is a subscription that includes up-to-date features, extra online storage and cloud-connected features that let you collaborate on files in real time. You also get all the latest features, fixes and security updates, along with ongoing tech support at no extra cost. You can choose to pay for your subscription on a monthly or yearly basis.
One disadvantage is that you would still need to create your own backups, as Microsoft do not guarantee data protection. Rollbacks are very limited, and accidental/malicious deletions often cannot be undone if committed by a member with elevated privileges.
Also bear in mind the regulatory compliance you need to comply with. If you are required to store data for long periods of time (e.g. 2+ years), then you would definitely need additional archiving in place, as Microsoft does not supply that. Over time, 365 costs more, but many people prefer this due to the additional features.
The comparison chart below shows Office (either 2016 or 2019) vs 365, but please bear in mind that the Office supplied by Venom IT is part of the hosted desktop service, which gives you certain advantages over one-time purchased Office. For example, we offer indefinite archiving of all your emails and documents, full system rollback in case of disaster and full UK-based telephone support for the duration of your contract. You don’t get these options with either Office standalone or 365.
|Office Pro 2019 from Venom IT||Office 365 Business Premium|
|Full UK-based support||Yes||No|
|Nominal Cost||£7.00 PCM (on Citrix)||£9.40 PCM|
|GDPR compliance||All data is UK-hosted and stored||Unknown|
|Automatic product updates||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic security updates||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic feature updates||No||Yes|
Software as-a-service is an all-in-one, hands-free solution for the company that wishes to streamline its IT operations and save costs. It also means not being tied in with long contracts, or spending a fortune on one-off purchases of software that eventually becomes redundant and needs to be replaced.
SaaS is managed and hosted remotely, and the apps and programs that you rent are accessible over the internet.
Another advantage of SaaS is its initial low cost (as opposed to buying all the kit right off the bat). It is also future proof, seeing as how we are constantly upgrading our hardware and offer free Microsoft upgrades on most of our services.
SaaS is also highly scalable – which means you can easily add or remove users. In addition, we don’t lock you in with punitive contracts. You only pay for what you use. We don’t charge to provision new users nor to decommission defunct users.
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