Microsoft have been slowly building more and more into their Office 365 and Microsoft 365 product line ups. They really do have some awesome features within Office 365, there is no contesting that. They then offer those features in various bundles known under different names and levels.
The plans are named-based on their intended market such as Consumer, Business and Enterprise. Microsoft know that not everyone is the same within a given market, so they have different levels within each market with a varying level of feature-set designed to pinpoint exactly what it is you need. Effectively they are bundling things together so that the higher level plans offer way more value than the lower level plans.
Plans range from a Microsoft 365 Business Basic for $6.90 per user per month through to a Microsoft 365 (Enterprise) E5 plan at $78.30 per user per month.
Some of the plans include things like Microsoft Office apps such as Word/Excel/PowerPoint and also Exchange and OneDrive. Others include that and even more such as Azure Active Directory Premium, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Azure Information Protection Plan 2 and so on. It can get very confusing, very quickly.
There’s a wide range there and given the absolute value offered in the E5 then it is very tempting to go for the ‘all you can eat’ plan and just buy those for everyone. The assumption is that whatever feature you need, you’ve pretty much got it covered!
You see – here’s the challenge. If you have a team of 20 people, by having them all on E5 you’d be paying over $1500 a month. What if they don’t need all those features though? What if maybe most of your users could get away with the Business Premium plan at $27.50 per user per month ($550 a month). There’s a chunk of savings right there if you could get away with the lower plan.
How are you supposed to know what you need and what you don’t? That is definitely the next question and also where Correct Solutions comes in. We are well versed in the features of each plan and how businesses like yours can get the best out of them.
Talk to us to help figure out the right plan for your business and how we can help you save from overstuffing as you feast on the digital table Microsoft has to offer.