When is a Small Business not a Small Business – Office 365


There are some scenarios where Office 365 for Small Business (P-Plans) do not fit the bill.

(In fact I’d probably go for the opposite approach, look for a reason why a company would need a P-Plan rather than an E-Plan.)

Some of the reasons for going to a ‘lesser’ Enterprise subscription (E Plan) would benefit a customer;

  • Need Active Directory Sync – Ability to sync/manage user groups
  • Need advanced archive capabilities – Email archiving for legal compliance
  • Need BES – Blackberry Enterprise Server
  • Growing to >50 users – More than 50 PC organisation today or tomorrow
  • 24×7 Phone Support – Microsoft direct vs. community support

These are extremely important considerations to think about, the inability to upgrade from the P-Plan to the E-Plans is a key reason!

Although they are cheaper and offer ‘similar’ features, lower E-plans allow for growth by allowing bolt-ons of additional space if required and not having a restriction on the amount of users for a particular subscription. Does a 25 user company really want to be locked into a plan that has no room for growth? What if their product goes global? The idea of starting again wouldn’t be a welcome one for any business.

About Stephen Pothecary
IT Professional and Cloud Evangelist! IT Manager at Comms Group UK Ltd - Managed Services | Solutions | Procurement | Support Services | Cloud | Fujitsu!

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