Over the past few weeks there seems to have been a buzz going around about BPOS, for those of you that aren’t exactly sure what it is I have put together a quick write-up based on information I have combined from multiple sources throughout the internet. The gist is, Business Productivity Online Suite is a set of Microsoft hosted solutions including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Microsoft Office Communications Online. These online services are designed to give your business streamlined communication with high availability, comprehensive security, and simplified IT management. When your company subscribes to one or more of the services, it connects to the rich interactivity of on-premises client and server applications with the flexibility and scalability of Web-based services. Because Microsoft hosts the services, it reduces your company’s need to maintain IT services on site. Many organizations today are moving to this “software-plus-services” model, because it decreases the need to manage hardware and software.

So, what does this mean for your IT staff? Ultimately, it may mean a reduction in staff, or simply freeing up time for your staff to work on more important projects to grow your business. Personally I know of many companies that could highly benefit from this, and many more if they ever add CRM to the mix.

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