Microsoft Nigeria gave partners a closer look at Microsoft Office 365


Microsoft Nigeria gave partners a closer look at Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes in Nigeria, at an event held at its offices in Lagos today. Office 365 was made commercially available in Nigeria in June. Businesses can try it for free for 30 days by signing up at or from Microsoft’s 31 leading local Nigerian service providers, which will integrate Office 365 with other offerings and market the service to the hundreds of thousands of small and midsize business customers in Nigeria. The event gave partners the opportunity to learn more about the potential business impact of Office 365 and explore its power and functionality during a hands-on demo by Marc Israel, Information Worker Business Group Lead for Microsoft Africa. “The introduction of Office 365 to Nigeria has the potential to fuel business and economic transformation across the region by delivering cost-effective, flexible access to enterprise-class IT”, says Israel. “Office 365 provides the productivity backbone for modern businesses in Africa”. Office 365 brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date service, at a predictable monthly cost. The service was introduced in limited beta last year with enthusiastic response, particularly among small and midsize businesses. Over a few months, more than 10,000 organizations around the world, many of which were small and midsize businesses, signed up and began testing Office 365, creating one of Microsoft’s largest global beta programs for businesses. “We are evolving from the information age to the collaboration age, where the ability to take action on information will set successful businesses apart from the rest,” said Emmanuel Onyeje, General Manager, Microsoft Nigeria. “The launch of Office 365 in Nigeria will accelerate that evolution by delivering enterprise-grade collaboration for all businesses – large and small.” A Game-Changer for Businesses of Two to Two Hundred Thousand Moving to the cloud with Office 365 doesn’t require a business to change the way it works, because the service is based on familiar productivity tools people know and trust, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access 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. “We thoroughly evaluated other cloud productivity offerings in the market before choosing Microsoft,” said Abiodun Atobatele, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, ATB TechSoft Solutions. “Office 365 is the right choice to help our company support the way people work today and encourage a more mobile work environment. With the service, we have the added benefit of working together with familiar tools on almost any device and can make quicker decisions when needed.” 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. Combined, the partners will integrate Office 365 with their existing services – from Web hosting and internet connections to finance solutions and mobile phone services. These partners will then be able to deliver integrated packages to their customers, creating a one-stop-shop for small and midsize businesses seeking business services. “When AlliedSoft learned about Office 365, we knew this was the way businesses would work in the future,” said Chuma Chukwujama, Chief Executive Officer, AlliedSoft. “Not only can businesses save money, but our Nigerian customers are going to be able to work together better — no matter where they are.”

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