Introducing Microsoft 365
Over the last twelve months, Arden Group’s relationship with Microsoft has gone from strength to strength. Internal training initiatives, coupled with strong market demand has resulted in Arden being awarded Microsoft’s coveted Gold Partner Status. To build on this success, last week our Group Sales Director, Michael Gowen, hopped on a plane, crossed the pond and joined 16,000 Microsoft Partners at the annual Microsoft Inspire partners conference. The weeklong event, which took place in Washington DC, is used by Microsoft as a platform to launch game changing products and services, and this year didn’t disappoint.
Microsoft’s overall message was very clear, the age of digital transformation is upon us, and through their cloud capability, Microsoft is the driving force behind industry progression. The question was, what is their plan to deliver against this goal?
The foundation of the plan was based around classifying Microsoft’s complete product and solutions portfolio into four business drivers:
- Modern Workplace
- Business Applications
- Applications Infrastructure
- Data and AI
The move will work to enable digital transformation, which in turn will empower employees, engage customers, optimise operations and transform products. Building up from this foundation, Microsoft has redesigned their portfolio meet the changing needs of today’s modern workplace.
Key Product Changes & Releases
Nadella stated “The workplace is transforming—from changing employee expectations, to more diverse and globally distributed teams, to an increasingly complex threat landscape. From these trends, we are seeing a new culture of work emerging. Our customers are telling us they are looking to empower their people with innovative technology to embrace this modern culture of work.”
Similar to the Office 365 model, Microsoft is introducing two packages, Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business, each designed around varying business requirements.
Microsoft 365 Business, which will be launched in Autumn 2017, will meet the needs of the SME market – up to 300 users. The Enterprise offering, which is built on the foundation of the highly successful Secure Product Enterprise, is designed for large organisations and is available for purchase on the 1st August 2017.
As you can see, it’s exciting times ahead for Microsoft. True to form, they’re adapting fast, staying ahead of the curve and delivering cutting edge technology to the changing requirements of their global customer base. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Arden Group will continue to work closely with our counterparts at Microsoft HQ to deliver you a complete cutting edge technology package. From Microsoft 365, to Azure, Enterprise Mobility Solutions (EMS) and Skype for business – with Arden Group, you’re in safe hands.