Microsoft have recently announced a substantial price reduction for all of the services that make up Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) as well as increasing the storage space for each account to a massive 25 GB. While this will be great news for companies already using BPOS with a large number of users, we feel it’s even better for the smaller companies that are considering making the move. The minimum requirement for using BPOS is 5 users with the BPOS Standard Suite and this now is priced at 5 users x €8.52 / month = €42.60 / month = €511.20 /year.
This is less than the price of a laptop to provide your company with enterprise grade email and a SharePoint site, or to put if differently much less than it would cost to recover data on a laptop whose hard drive has failed. Many small businesses do not have the time and resources to implement best practice IT infrastructure and then they suffer hugely when hit by unexpected events like the theft of laptops or viruses. Some studies estimate that up to 50% of businesses that suffer a major data loss go out of business. BPOS combined with a prudent backup strategy can minimize the risk of catastrophic data loss.
These price reductions really puts BPOS within the grasp of small businesses. We have experience migrating businesses email to BPOS and can provide advice on using the full suite, in particular SharePoint, to full advantage.