Software Plus Services (S+S) describes the idea of combining hosted services with locally running software.Software As A Service (SaaS) describes the idea of using hosted services with a browser.
The online services are often referred to as "the cloud" or "cloud services".
and team collaboration features. The company may choose Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. The total cost would include the hardware, software and people with skills to implement and maintain these services. Issues such as security and backup will also need to be addressed.
An alternative to the above is to purchase Microsoft Online Services which is an implementation of cloud services. These services have a better user experience with client software installed (software plus services), however a browser only option also exists (software as a service). Paying on a monthly basis for only the Users and Services you require can provide huge savings.
The available online services are:
- Microsoft Office Outlook
- Microsoft Office Live Meeting
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Online
- Microsoft Office Communicator
Reduce your IT costs with Microsoft Online Services
Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS) is a set of messaging and collaboration solutions hosted by Microsoft and designed to give your business streamlined communications with high availability, comprehensive security, and Online Solutions management.
All online services mentioned above are packaged into BPOS, however, each of these services can be purchased separately.
BPOS helps you:
- Avoid upfront capital investment and reduce operational costs
- Remove the hassles of installation and maintenance of software
- Reduce costs and risks of upgrading and migrating to new versions of software
- Create predictable costs thanks to simple licensing fees (per user, per month)
IT Focus is a registered reseller of Microsoft Online Services. We can advise and demonstrate the use of these services in relation to your needs. Please contact us if you require any help.