The world has become more connected than ever before. With the advent of social media and the internet, people have become more familiar with connecting with others and organizations than ever before.
Not-for-profit organizations can now leverage technology to connect with like-minded people and potential donors, volunteers, and sponsors. By doing so, they are able to leverage their extensive resources and networks while still maintaining their charitable missions.
Your non-profit can benefit from Microsoft 365’s productivity business suite in a number of ways.
What is Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 is a set of productivity, security, and collaboration tools that are designed for the modern workplace. It gives organizations the power to create and collaborate with people from anywhere in the world on any device, and also offers a wide range of tools for security and productivity to make it easier for users to work together.
Azure and Microsoft 365 offer a range of cloud-based apps and services that enable non-profit organizations to easily and affordably operate their organization’s business.
Improved communication and collaboration
Microsoft Teams is a group communication and collaboration tool that can be accessed on the web, mobile, or any other user device. This means that you can link it with your organization’s other Teams accounts and communicate with your team members.
Teams is a great way to improve communication in your organization. It has a chatbot feature that enables your team members to communicate with one another without leaving their respective channels. This means that you can have real-time discussions within groups without having to leave the chatbot or the original channel for any other communication.
The app is also ideal for real-time collaboration. You can work together on a single Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document with your colleagues, sharing ideas and building projects, while in any location.
Cloud-based work environment
When it comes to cloud-based solutions, Azure is by far the best option for a non-profit. With its vast range of options, it is possible to build and host a whole range of services on the platform.
Another great advantage of using Azure for your business is that it provides you with a single environment for all of your services. This ensures that you don’t have to manually manage and maintain different servers for each of your services.
With Azure, you can use your organization’s budget to buy one platform and multiple services and tools that the organization needs.
Work from anywhere
In recent times, it has become easier than ever before to work from any location. If your non-profit organization already has a remote culture, then you can take it to the next level by leveraging the benefits of Microsoft 365. With Microsoft 365, it is possible to connect your computer to the cloud and use it just like it is a local computer.
What this means is that you can access your files, documents and data from your computer even when you are not at home or in an office.
With the ability to work from anywhere, employees can be more productive anywhere. They can work from home, from a hotel room or from a coffee shop without having to worry about how to get their work done.
This also helps to reduce the amount of time employees spend commuting to and from work, which makes a big difference when it comes to saving time and money.
Built-in security features
Microsoft 365 includes powerful security features that are designed to protect your data. These features – such as two-factor authentication, data loss prevention, encryption – prevent unauthorized access to data and devices.
Other Microsoft 365 built-in security features:
- Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
- Azure Active Directory Premium
- Microsoft Cloud App Security
- Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph
- Azure Information Protection
Reduce IT costs
Using Microsoft 365’s cloud-based services, non-profit organizations can easily and inexpensively manage their IT infrastructure. In addition, IT administrators can remotely access equipment and apps that aren’t always located at the non-profit organization’s physical location.
This helps to reduce the cost of travel, as IT administrators no longer need to travel to the physical location of the equipment in order to troubleshoot issues or manage equipment.
Create a safe and secure environment
Modern organizations demand a safe and secure working environment. That includes employees who need to be able to work from home or from a remote location without the security concerns that come with hosting information on home computers.
Microsoft 365 offers a range of solutions to help you create a safe and secure working environment while also maintaining a flexible and efficient organizational structure.
Teams is powered by artificial intelligence and allows users to collaborate on files, hold spontaneous conversations, share pictures and more, all in a safe, secure environment.
The other solutions offered by Microsoft 365 are Azure Active Directory, Azure Information Protection, Azure Security Centre, and Virtual Desktops.
Enhance your not-for-profit business with Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 is a suite of products and services that offer a wide range of benefits to non-profit organizations.
The Microsoft specialists at Technology Solutions can help you get started implementing Microsoft 365 into your business – from migrating your data over, to training you and your co-workers on the various apps and features, to managing and monitoring your entire cloud environment.