We invited five small business owners to reflect on their experience getting their business off the ground and asked them to share what they wish they’d known when they were starting out. All five use Office 365 to increase productivity and improve collaboration, but these excerpts are not about Microsoft or its products. Check out what Amber Borgomainerio, cofounder of Breathe Hot Yoga, said were her keys to success.
Dogeared specializes in designing beautiful and meaningful jewelry. After starting a deployment of Google Apps, Dogeared switched to Microsoft Office 365 because it offered a better-integrated set of tools and was easier to use. Employees now can communicate seamlessly both internally and with customers, suppliers and distributors, and be more responsive from outside the office.
The engineers behind Snip had been using the Windows Snipping Tool daily to communicate ideas. One day they stopped to ask, “What if snipping was an experience that looked and felt like Windows 10? What if you could narrate snips with your voice and digital ink? What if the way you snip made you even more productive with Office?” Then they went off and built a new tool called Snip.
Graham’s the Family Dairy is one of Scotland’s largest independent milk producers. For 75 years, Graham’s used hard work and a personal touch to expand their business. Today, employees use Microsoft Office 365 to continue that tradition, working in virtual teams and sharing everything from Excel files to photos of product displays. Better digital collaboration boosts agility and service, helping Graham’s compete with multinational competitors.
Tastea—an innovative beverage retailer based in Orange County, California—wanted to prepare for expansion while maintaining high levels of quality and service. The company decided that a key to creating a repeatable customer experience across stores was to standardize operations while opening up clearer lines of communication. The company now relies on Office 365 for everything from inventory management to customer service.
August brought new Outlook partner add-ins, new wearable productivity apps, Sway for Windows 10, a new community GitHub project for Office IT Pro Deployment Scripts and a new Snack video showcase for developers. Plus, you can now preview the Skype for Business apps for iOS and Android and real-time coauthoring in OneDrive. —Read more to see what else is new in Office 365.
Dakine, maker of accessories and apparel for action sports, needed new business technology that matched the expectations of its mobile workforce—and chose Microsoft Office 365. Today Dakine employees use the cloud-based communication and collaboration services to stay connected with the business, driving productivity while minimizing IT infrastructure costs.