Centrix Software’s 365 iQ facilitates cost-savings by right-sizing Microsoft Office 365

Submitted By RealWire December 06, 2013

Centrix Software, workspace management solutions expert, has announced the latest addition to its WorkSpace iQ suite; WorkSpace 365 iQ. This option has been developed in response to the overwhelming demand from organizations looking to migrate their office suites to Office 365, and also from Microsoft partners managing the projects. They all want a usage analytics solution that helps them to optimise their investment in this cloud-based alternative to Microsoft Office.

WorkSpace 365 iQ can save* customers thousands of dollars with features such as the profiling of users’ SKU requirements and deliver projects faster by, for example, identifying the users who can move now, or with the least effort. It also enables organizations to rationalize their software environment by identifying where applications could be replaced with the standard Office 365 suite.

WorkSpace 365 iQ analyzes application usage data against requirements for Office 365, across the entire IT estate, by providing the following features and benefits:

  • Matching office applications to the right users, based on their existing usage of tools
  • Accurately determining Office 365 plans and license costs, minimising over-spend
  • Identifying which users are ready for migration now and what actions are required for those not yet ready to move
  • Determining where users currently access their content from to efficiently plan data migration
  • Significantly accelerating overall migration time

365 iQ is available as a hosted Software-as-a-Service offering, so there’s no infrastructure to manage. In addition, usage analytics collection can be started immediately and deliver initial results within 48 hours. Alternatively, the WorkSpace iQ Suite including 365 iQ is available as an on-premise option.

“Thanks to Microsoft partners, Office 365 is our fastest growing commercial product ever delivered,” said Phil Sorgen, Microsoft corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group. “We are excited to partner with Centrix Software to bring Office 365 to businesses of all sizes.”

To help make the benefits of 365 iQ available across the world, Centrix Software has connected with a number of leading Microsoft partners, who are experts in Office 365 solutions and deployments. This includes Exoprise, a US partner that delivers add-on monitoring and enablement tools for Office 365, and Trustmarque, a market-leading technology solutions provider.

Exoprise’s CloudReady® Insight and Monitor for Office 365 are cloud-based, readiness assessment and performance monitoring solutions that provide both pre-migration analysis of Exchange utilization and cloud migration planning as well as real-time service performance and availability monitoring for Office 365 and other mission critical SaaS applications.

Patrick Carey, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Exoprise said, “Customers who are thinking about moving to cloud-based office productivity solutions, such as Microsoft Office 365, need to understand very quickly what the benefits will be and how they will migrate users with the minimum of disruption. They also can’t forget that they are still responsible for user service levels. The combination of Centrix Software’s desktop application usage analytics, with Exoprise’s migration planning and monitoring solutions enables organizations to understand their requirements, optimize their licensing commitment and minimize the time it takes to detect, isolate, and fix any Office 365 service performance problems.”

Trustmarque, a technology solutions provider, helps organizations to develop innovative services across an increasingly complex mix of devices and platforms.

Chris Lim, Practice Lead, Technology Services at Trustmarque commented, “The key is to focus on the individuals using the technology, to enable flexible working and improved productivity. As organizations seek to increase operational efficiency and improve services, cloud computing can enable them to simplify IT management, control costs, and effectively meet user needs. Rather than taking a one-size fits all approach, the in-depth usage data collected from Centrix Software’s Workspace iQ usage analytics solution enables Trustmarque to provide its customers with all the benefits of Office 365; for email and communications and meetings and collaboration, tailored exactly to each user’s needs”.

*One customer’s estimated monthly cost was reduced from $207K to $157K, saving $598 per year.

Submitted By RealWire| December 06, 2013
Keywords:  microsoft officesaas

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