In this article, we are retaining our focus on Office 365 plans, but highlighting instead the benefits of Microsoft’s Enterprise plans. Enterprise plans differ from business plans in three ways. Firstly, there is a price difference for Enterprise plans, although it’s not as straightforward as a simple increase.
The E1 plan is actually less expensive than the standard Business plan and the Business Premium plan. For just £5.00 per user per month, you are entitled to a 50GB mailbox and the Outlook calendar features, along with online conferencing and Skype connectivity. Users also have access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint in Office online, and all of the cutting edge security measures available in all Enterprise plans.
The price does rise for the next Enterprise plan, but this all-inclusive, versatile feature set justifies its £14.70 per user per month cost. Each user receives five licence installs on a PC and another five licence installs on mobile devices, along with a full complement of applications in the Office suite.
Also included in the E3 plan is a completed Outlook service, plus connectivity and communication in Skype for Business, with a built in feature to allow for international conferencing, and employers can also use the Rights Management System (RMS) within the Enterprise Mobility Suite to control the documents which their employees can and can’t view.
From a collaborative perspective, access to 1TB of cloud storage per user in One Drive for Business allows workers to share their files instantly, and better still, the files can be edited online in real time, allowing multiple people to work on the same document at the same time – removing the hassle of creating several versions of the same thing, which would then have to be emailed around the organisation for approval. File sharing in the E3 plan is clear evidence of how Office 365 can and will save your organisation valuable time, and ensure that the work that you do is more productive.
As is the case in all Office 365 plans, new updates and features will automatically be rolled out as part of your subscription, and the ability to pay monthly for the software means that you can scale your IT expenditure accordingly, removing heavy capital costs and making your budgeting a simpler process.
The E4 plan for £16.10 per user per month is more robust in terms of compliance, because the legal hold and advanced data protection measures help keep your data as safe as possible. Combined with features like Data Loss Prevention (DLP), the E4 plan is made for companies who deal with lots of sensitive information, and want to be sure that their work is only viewed by the people it is meant for.
On the horizon is the E5 plan, which you can read more about here. Also coming out for public use in the next few days is Office 2016, and the applications within that suite will be available for cloud users on their Office 365 plans automatically. For a closer look at this updated suite, read more here.
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