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Over the last month, we’ve covered the ins and outs of figuring out how to evaluate and choose business email as laid out in the Business Email 101 Guide. At this point, we’re ready to go shopping for email. With the plethora of email providers in the market, it can be difficult to distill provider language, pricing and features. Steps Six and Seven offer guidance about what to look for in a business email provider. Step Six outlines a list of 10 questions to ask a prospective email provider. The top five questions to consider are:
We combined the overview of Steps Four and Five of the Business Email 101 Guide, since both relate to choosing the type of email product to shop for. If you’ve been following along with the series, you already have a solid list of email system needs from the business, technology and security perspectives. Now, you have three email options to fit to your list of requirements: hosted webmail, hosted Exchange and dedicated Exchange.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered the individual chapters of the Business Email 101 guide. This week, we tackle Step Three: creating your email system requirements list. Your email wish list should start off very high-level and include everything you want even if at first blush certain features or capabilities seem cost or time prohibitive. Begin indentifying requirements by:
We recently published our Business Email 101 Guide to help you think through your business email management strategy. Each week, we follow up with a post that digs deeper into each chapter. So far, we’ve reviewed how to choose between on-premises or outsourced email. If you’ve decided to go the hosted email route, the decisions haven’t stopped yet. Not all hosted email is the same.  After making the decision to host, your next step is to determine what kind of hosting you need. There’s consumer-level and business-grade email. Deciding between the two often depends on the maturity of your business.
Last week, we released the free Business Email 101 Guide to help you think through the decisions involved in choosing the right business email strategy. When considering your business email, the first decision you need to make is where to run it – on-premise or hosted. Your decision should take into consideration three very broad areas that we’ll eventually bring into focus as we move through the guide. The three areas to consider are:
Email is a critical business tool required to do business. It’s on par with the phone system and lights. Email is also a time sink for IT and expensive to run on site.
Did you know that we spend about 13 hours a week in our email inboxes? Replying, responding, forwarding and emoticon-ing takes prime productive time away from the big stuff, like working on your strategy to take over the market and planning the office Super Bowl pool.
Implementing a reliable, worry-free email platform is often the sole motivation for many organizations to switch from onsite Exchange maintenance to Hosted Exchange, but there are a host of other benefits that come along with the choice, here are a few:
Typically, you’ll know it’s time for a change when workers complain about email performance or begin demand new features to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of business. Those complaints and demands are usually symptomatic of broader issues with email infrastructure and administration. When you start hearing the following complaints, it’s time to consider Hosted Exchange and here’s why:
Along with relieving the burden of email management by giving companies the infrastructure and expertise to run Exchange without having to stand it up or keep up with patches, scaling, and updates; Hosted Exchange combined with Outlook also delivers other important business benefits. What else can Exchange and Outlook do beyond email? Here are our top choices:
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