Seventy-three per cent of Canadian SMBs see the value, only thirty per
cent are investing in cloud services, Microsoft Canada survey reveals
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian small and medium-sized
businesses (SMBs) are hesitant to harness the power of the cloud, in
large part because they find it difficult to keep pace with rapid
technology advancements, according to a survey conducted by Leger
Marketing and commissioned by Microsoft Canada.
The study found that although nearly 73 per cent of SMBs understand that
cloud-based technology offers a cost-effective means of accessing the
latest technology, just 30 per cent are currently investing in cloud
"We all know that with great technology, you are at a better business
advantage. Yet with 83 per cent of SMBs finding it hard to keep pace
and 79 per cent settling on old tech even though they know there are
better options, it is clear that Canadian businesses require simple and
cost-effective cloud-based services to drive productivity, efficiency
and give them the competitive edge," says Eric Gales, President of
Microsoft Canada. "Three-quarters of Canadian SMB are ready to invest
in their own growth, but they want to invest smartly in technology that
is going to work for them. This is why we're so excited to announce the
launch of Office 365 to meet Canada's SMB technology needs."
Office 365 brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint
Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Lync Online in an
always-up-to-date service, with a predictable monthly cost that starts
at just $7 per user, per month.
A game-changer for businesses of all sizes
Moving to the cloud with Office 365 doesn't require a team to change the
way it works, because the service is based on familiar tools people
know and trust, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote,
Outlook and more. Employees get new ways to work together with ease, on
virtually any device or mobile phone, and businesses get the
reliability, security and IT controls they need in the cloud, even
without a dedicated IT staff.
"I'm a road warrior and my office is a coffee shop, a hotel room or my
clients' board room" said James Won, founder of Servant4Stewards, a
financial planning consultancy. "Office 365 gives me the power to work
anywhere with full access to my documents on my computer and my mobile
phone. The best thing about Office 365 is the fact that I can
collaborate with clients and third-parties, revising, sharing and
updating documents seamlessly in the cloud."
Office 365 partners
Microsoft is building a massive partner ecosystem around Office 365,
which includes new ways of partnering with service providers such as
telecommunications and hosting firms around the world. Bell, Canada's
largest communications company, is the first Canadian syndication
partner. Bell will be offering Office 365 bundled with their
communication services, creating a one-stop-shop for small and midsize
"Bell and Microsoft have worked closely for years to help Canadian
businesses with their collaboration needs, and we're happy to partner
with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to the Bell cloud portfolio," said
Strahan McCarten, Director of Product Management, Hosting & Cloud
Computing, Bell Business Markets, Bell Canada. "With Office 365, Bell
customers can reduce their costs and maximize their IT productivity
whether they're starting a new business venture or enhancing their
existing technology operations."
About Office 365
With Office 365 for small businesses, customers can be up and running
with Office Web Apps, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint
Online, Microsoft Lync Online and an external website in minutes, for
$7 per user, per month. These tools put email, voicemail, enterprise
social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, video
conferencing, web conferencing and more at everyone's fingertips.
Office 365 for enterprises has an array of choices, from simple email to
comprehensive suites to meet the needs of midsize and large businesses,
as well as government organizations. Customers can now get Microsoft
Office Professional Plus on a pay-as-you-go basis with cloud-based
versions of the industry's leading business communications and
collaborations services. Each of these plans comes with the advanced
I.T. controls, security, 24x7 IT support and reliability you expect
Office 365 for small businesses and Office 365 for enterprises are
available now. Businesses can try it for free for 30 days by signing up
at www.office365.ca or from their local Microsoft partner. Follow Office 365 on Twitter (@Office365), Facebook (Office 365) and the Office 365 blog at http://community.office365.com for the latest information.
About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT"), the worldwide leader in
software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business
computing. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing,
consulting and local support services in both French and English.
Microsoft Canada is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario with MSN.CA
offices located in Toronto and eight regional offices across the
country. The company supports local communities across Canada by
creating innovative technology and partnerships that help people
realize their full potential. For more information on Microsoft Canada,
please visit www.microsoft.ca.
SOURCE Microsoft Canada Co.
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