You want to select the Microsoft 365 license with the best options for your organization? That's not so easy, because Microsoft offers more than 30 different M365 packages, each bundling different products, services and features. The differences are sometimes minimal, but in practice they can be very important for the future. Good advice: don't take any chances and let us help you make the right choice.
In recent years, a lot of organizations have made the switch to Microsoft 365. In doing so, they are also using additional cloud services such as Teams, OneDrive and Exchange Online, which are included in the various subscription packages. Because of the many different combination options, picking and choosing the formula that best suits your needs and ambitions has become a complex puzzle.
Microsoft 365 Business or Microsoft 365 Enterprise
A first important choice to make is between Microsoft 365 Business and Microsoft 365 Enterprise. The Business version is aimed at companies up to 300 users while Microsoft 365 Enterprise targets larger companies.
Note that even beyond the number of users, there are subtle yet important differences between the two programs. For example, the Enterprise versions also include these features: integration with other business applications such as CRM, additional licensing rights for the hybrid environment (a combination of on-premises and cloud) and additional information protection. Once you've decided whether to go with Business or Enterprise, you can then refine your choice of formula based on your current needs and future plans.
De bekendste M365-formules samengevat:
Microsoft 365 Business Premium
Microsoft 365 Business Premium is the top model among the online Microsoft software bundles for companies with up to 300 users. Office classics such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access are, of course, not to be missed. In addition, Business Premium also includes the use of Exchange Online, SharePoint, Skype and Teams, to facilitate online collaboration.
Finally, it is also the only Microsoft 365 Business suite with comprehensive tools for managing PCs and mobile devices, and with strong security against cyber threats. And of course, all those Microsoft applications work together flawlessly. For most medium-sized businesses, Microsoft 365 Business Premium is therefore a very suitable choice.
Microsoft 365 E3
The Enterprise level of Microsoft 365 is primarily intended for enterprises with higher requirements than the Business version. This may be the number of users - more than 300 - but also the expectations in terms of security and integration capabilities. For example, starting with Microsoft 365 E3, it is possible to establish links with your own business applications such as accounting software or an ERP package.
You will also have access to all the security options of Office 365. These help you to manage important data securely and efficiently and to remain compliant with the regulations on the processing of personal data. Microsoft 365 E3 includes intelligent security software that thoroughly protects the data of your employees, your company and your customers.
Have you made your decision?
Do you already know which Microsoft 365 subscriptions you would like? Or does it remain a matter of doubt? Cheops is happy to help you find the best combinations for your business. The Cheops SAM department will make an analysis of your existing environment and then search with you for the optimal mix of subscriptions and licenses according to your ambitions. We also take care of the complete follow-up and license management for you and accompany you with advice and strategic support.
Advice from our Microsoft 365 specialists
- Opt for uniformity and work with a maximum of 2 to 3 different Microsoft 365 formulas
- Take a decision based on correct data and numbers
- Pay sufficient attention to security and data protection
- Don't forget to look into additional usage rights for a hybrid environment
- Ensure that the selected Microsoft 365 formula is in line with your strategy for the future.
Outsource the management of your Office 365 environment?
Of course, Cheops can also take care of the migration of your current Office environment to the cloud. We provide guidance to end users so that they can make the most of their new opportunities and carry out their tasks safely and efficiently. Within our Managed Microsoft 365 formula, you will then always receive guaranteed support and optimal management by the specialists at Cheops.