If you’re like most of us, the headache of managing your email inbox is the last thing you need. You just need it to “work.” You don’t need to worry about deleting mail to stay under your storage limit, how you’re going to send a big attachment to a colleague, accessing mail while on the go or potential spam and phishing attempts that may compromise your email. And you certainly don’t want to spend time learning a new interface; you just need Outlook to work the same as it always has.
This weekend, the Rackspace email team had the pleasure of hanging out at the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco. It was a great opportunity to educate and demonstrate the value of hosted email services with REALTORS from every region of the country. What we found is that real estate professionals love the convenience and speed of email, but are frustrated with the hassles that come with running a professional-grade email system. That’s a problem the Rackspace suite of email hosting services can solve.
We combined the overview of Steps Four and Five of the Business Email 101 Guide, since both relate to choosing the type of email product to shop for. If you’ve been following along with the series, you already have a solid list of email system needs from the business, technology and security perspectives. Now, you have three email options to fit to your list of requirements: hosted webmail, hosted Exchange and dedicated Exchange.
For many organizations with larger IT needs, application integration with Active Directory is essential to streamline operations and save valuable time. Why manage your users in two places when you can do it in one?
Last week, we talked about the benefits of Hosted Exchange for IT shops. Now, let’s talk about user benefits. Business email users may not understand the underlying cost and productivity savings of Hosted Exchange, but they know the difference in freedom and accessibility that comes with the most used email platform in business.
Nearly 70 percent of the cost of on-premises Exchange is in maintenance. From a strategic aspect, email is a utility on par with having a dedicated phone number. Carrying the burden of deploying and managing this non-revenue generating system takes time and resources away from more strategic objectives. In order to deliver email more efficiently and reliably, business IT shops are turning to the cloud for Exchange. Exchange in the cloud delivers big benefits around the organization but is the most beneficial for IT. Here are a few reasons why:
Though Microsoft Exchange with the Outlook client is the most popular email combination in business, it’s also cost and time prohibitive for many businesses to run internally. The level of complexity, its mission-critical nature and the potential for cost savings make Exchange an attractive application to move to the cloud. Choosing Hosted Exchange, as detailed in the recently updated whitepaper, The Case for Hosted Exchange, dramatically reduces the deployment costs of Exchange and offloads most of the administrative duties, like spam filtering and backups, to a trusted cloud provider. The infographic below takes a quick look at the high-level reasons why Hosted Exchange is the best choice for business email and how to get started.
Implementing a reliable, worry-free email platform is often the sole motivation for many organizations to switch from onsite Exchange maintenance to Hosted Exchange, but there are a host of other benefits that come along with the choice, here are a few:
Typically, you’ll know it’s time for a change when workers complain about email performance or begin demand new features to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of business. Those complaints and demands are usually symptomatic of broader issues with email infrastructure and administration. When you start hearing the following complaints, it’s time to consider Hosted Exchange and here’s why:
Along with relieving the burden of email management by giving companies the infrastructure and expertise to run Exchange without having to stand it up or keep up with patches, scaling, and updates; Hosted Exchange combined with Outlook also delivers other important business benefits. What else can Exchange and Outlook do beyond email? Here are our top choices: