Atlanta, Georgia – July 25, 2018 – ProviDyn®, a provider of IT support, strategy and services for small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits, presented “Owning Your Own Data in the Cloud – Do You or Don’t You?” at the monthly DIGroup luncheon at Maggiano’s, sponsored by Jones & Kolb Certified Public Accountants. This speaking engagement addressed concerns about recent changes to the Microsoft Services Agreement and a lot of other things you need to know about IT operations in the age of Office365.
CEO, Hamish Davidson started off by clarifying some of the confusing information recently being circulated by technology bloggers, “The updated Microsoft Services Agreement which went into effect on May 1, 2018 is between you and Microsoft and governs your use of Microsoft CONSUMER online products and services. The agreement DOES NOT apply to products and services dedicated to BUSINESS CUSTOMERS, including Office 365 for business, education, or government customers, Azure, Yammer, or Skype for Business.”
Davidson was also careful to point out, “With Microsoft Office 365. You own the data. You control it. And it’s yours to take with you if you decide to leave the service. Your data is not used for advertising, you have extensive privacy controls, you know where your data is and who has access. The service also includes proactive processes to meet evolving compliance needs.”
Other key takeaways included:
- Microsoft has been very vocal about their desire to get out of the on-premise software business and move all their services to the cloud so Office 365 is here to stay.
- Microsoft has very robust security thanks to spending $1B every year on security R&D.
- Microsoft has released a tool called Secure Score that can be used by anyone with administrative privileges within Office 365 to not just analyze but also implement security best practices.
- Always have a good backup plan because Office 365 has limited backup and restore capabilities.
- Datto and eFolder both offer excellent 3rd party backup options for Office 365.
- Partnerships Are More Important Than Ever. While business users can purchase Office 365 and other Microsoft products directly from Microsoft’s website, there are a dizzying array of plans that need to be vetted in accordance with the design of your network, user needs as well as the ability to integrate with your critical line of business applications. A good managed services provider can not only help you make the right choice, they can also administer moves, adds and changes, simplify the licensing, manage the documentation, identify training issues and deal directly with Microsoft for any technical support issues.
ProviDyn provides technology expertise, services and support to help small and mid-sized organizations sustain growth and strengthen performance. Backed by technology experts, ProviDyn helps organizations gain the full benefits of existing technology, make strategic investments in implementing new technology and maintain an infrastructure that is secure, reliable and flexible. ProviDyn offers managed services, mobile computing, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computing, business continuity, network security and IP telephony. To learn more about how ProviDyn is driving business through technology and helping companies reduce costs, improve efficiency and maximize productivity, visit www.providyn.com.