Feb 24, 2016 – Beam me up Scotty! Today’s business environment certainly would have seemed like the stuff of science fiction back when the original Star Trek first aired. And while we haven’t quite developed the capability for interstellar exploration, even today’s most modest intranets would have blown away Captain Kirk.
There’s no denying Microsoft dominates the market when it comes to enterprise software, and has for the last 30 years. With products ranging from SharePoint—used by 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies—to Office365 and Power BI, Microsoft enterprise software is used by nearly every business and organization today.
“We are currently seeing small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) upgrading to Cloud Technologies like Office365. With these subscriptions come Enterprise Products that used tobe out of the budget of smaller companies. Under a subscription model, these become affordable and we are getting increased requests by SMB companies that want to do more with technology, like Intranets, Enterprise Social, business process improvement..etc.”
Expert: Vincent Choy
But with such a wide range of products, how can you be sure your business is really getting the most out of this essential tool? Vincent Choy is an expert in a range of enterprise products including Office365, and is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He helps customers apply technologies to solve business problems, and he can help you evaluate your software products.
So as more and more businesses are able to afford these tools, how can they be sure they’re maximizing the return on their investments (particularly without hiring a team of IT professionals, which can be a major drain on small businesses and start-ups)?
Choy offers simple advice to companies looking for new tools to improve productivity: focus on usability and try to ignore the bells and whistles.
“The main components (regardless of what they are) are the ones that bring about an actual improvement on how work gets done. A lot of times that gets forgotten when faced with “cool” technology. The key to determining these components alwayshas to start from the person using it. The systems that we are often asked to come in and resurrect, are ones that were put in centrally, with little actual user consultation, and end up reducing productivity and thus losing user buy-in, ultimately becoming a white elephant.”
As for future trends in enterprise software, Choy thinks developers will start to take cues from popular apps and software originally designed for popular use. “The way we communicate has become more‘Facebook’ like,” he says, and “we leverage chat tools like WhatsApp to discuss and make decisions.” Choy thinks technologies like these could be used to leverage business productivity.
Enterprise software has changed the way we do business. Instead of taking us to space, like the Starship Enterprise, it has taken us to new digital worlds—all without the threat of Klingon Raiders.
About Vincent Choy:
Vincent Choy was a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Office365 and most recently for Office Server and Services. He has close to 25 years’ experience in the ICT Industry. Over the course of his career, Choy has worked with various industries including Shipbuilding, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Commercial, Finance, Retail, Government and various sectors in Singapore and Malaysia. He also has been invited to speak at Cloud computing events organized by industry bodies. He is interviewed regularly for newspapers and radio. For work, he provides business consulting to companies interested in venturing into Cloud Computing. Choy acts as Business Advisor and provides consultancy services at Fedelis Sdn Bhd, a Cloud Consultancy Practice based out of Kuala Lumpur.