Jeb Molony

With the year coming to an end many businesses are reflecting upon accomplishments from the past year and making plans for expansion or growth in the coming year. Business owners who are looking at their IT systems and trying to find one change that can be made which can cause a great impact should consider migrating their email service.

Microsoft Exchange Online offered through Office 365 provides small and medium sized businesses with an enterprise caliber email solution. The email service has attachment size thresholds that are larger than most public and private services and the spam filters are more suited for handling today’s advanced spamming attacks than most systems small and medium sized businesses can afford to implement. In addition to the security the service provides from spam attacks is the security provided with regulatory compliance.

Microsoft Exchange Online has the regulatory compliance for the industries that affect small and medium sized businesses the most including SSAE 16 compliance, FERPA, HIPAA and certain ISO standards for security. Email security is one of the most important topics that has been raised in 2013 as the news of the NSA data mining has shed new light on what was once considered secure.

Making a shift to Microsoft’s hosted email provides employees with access to their email, calendar and contacts on any device from anywhere as long as internet is available. The value this service can add to the productivity of a small business is incredible when compared to alternative email solutions.