In the presence of IT managers from various corporations in Oman, IOTAP, a Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner, in collaboration with Microsoft, organized an event to showcase the next generation cloud technology, Microsoft Office365. The cloud productivity event was held recently at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Muscat.
At the event, IOTAP and Microsoft delivered sessions on various topics related to Cloud Productivity and its benefits, with the help of customer case scenarios and live demonstrations.
IOTAP showcased its services and solutions portfolio and showed how companies can scale their critical infrastructure and simultaneously reduce IT costs through Cloud Services.
Microsoft officials said that Office 365 would complement the company’s efforts to help customers take advantage of the most complete set of cloud-based solutions to meet any business need. They also said that Office 365 would be a key element in Microsoft’s plans to provide world class collaboration tools to businesses. Office 365 is catered to organizations of all sizes that are looking for enterprise class communication and collaboration solutions that are flexible, bundled, integrated and seamless in operation, and work across multiple facilities and devices.
Microsoft Office 365 will also provide the highest levels of reliability, performance and security with the best service level agreement policies in the industry. The company’s newest cloud service brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service, at a monthly subscription.
In addition to enterprises, Office 365 will also help the small and medium enterprise community. Office 365 can play a significant role in helping their employees share information in new ways that boost productivity and minimize IT costs. With Office 365, people can stay on the ‘same page’ using instant messaging and virtual meetings with people who are just down the hall or on the other side of the world. They can work on files and documents at the same time and share ideas as easily as they can share calendars.
Microsoft will roll out a wide range of service plans that are designed to meet the needs of a variety of companies of different sizes at the time of Office 365’s commercial launch.
Mr. Ebrahim Nalwala, Managing Director – IOTAP says, “We have been deploying Microsoft cloud services for our global customer base for several years now – we are extremely excited to be able to take that experience and expertise and share it with customers in Oman.”
The seminar was also addressed by Chris Waldie, Cloud Sales Manager, Microsoft Gulf. He said that the new technologies provided by Microsoft Office 365 present a qualitative change in IT industries. Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions, such as Office 365, are geared to support emerging economies and accelerate the growth of local innovation industries.
He also added, “Microsoft is always keen on evolving integrated business platforms that are in tune with the requirements of firms and organizations. It seeks to enhance search technologies and facilitate rapid response to changing business needs by making data-driven decisions and by deploying customized solutions quickly and securely.” IOTAP, he said, is distinguished by the fact that it is a leading company in deploying latest Microsoft Cloud technologies, will be chosen to provide a full range of solution and services around Office365 for the clients.
“Collaboration is necessary for instant access to relevant information, exchange of ideas and the right people to take the right action at the right time. Businesses today are looking for technologies that help them make an even bigger impact and with Office 365, we believe we have the solution to enhance collaboration and productivity for businesses of all sizes in Oman,” he said. Office 365 was launched in June 2011 in 20 different languages and more than 200,000 organizations worldwide signed up for the trial version.”
Microsoft Oman declared that the trial version of new Office365 will be available in Oman end of June 2012. So, all the SMBs and big enterprises in Oman can get the benefit of it. Office 365 will also be available in Arabic once it is launched in the region.