Microsoft launches online business process suite at CeBit

Microsoft has used CeBit as the venue to take the wraps off its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) providing a range of hosted services for companies to start trialling. The suite includes Exchange Online and SharePoint with options for users to either to buy the products traditionally, hav



Microsoft
has used CeBit as the venue to take the wraps off its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) providing a range of hosted services for companies to start trialling.

The suite includes Exchange Online and SharePoint with options for users to either to buy the products traditionally, have them hosted in the cloud or as a hybrid model.

Customers will be able to trial the suite, which launched next month, with the option of then upgrading to a full version in 19 countries including the UK and most of mainland Europe.

At the same time the vendor is stirring interest its Deskless Worker Suite, which hands those customers without messaging or SharePoint a chance to share access to a PC, and starts shipping next month.

"There will be a vast reach across all organisations because the minimum subscription of five users," said Gill Le Fevre. UK BPOS marketing manager at Microsoft.

She added that monthly costs of £10 per user would make it possible for SMEs in particular to exploit technology they might have missed out on in the past.

"For many smaller organisations they might have had a piecemeal approach and this is very easy to step up to enterprise level offerings," she said.

David Robertson, CIO of The Wise Group, said that BPOS would give his company the option of dumping its current Lotus Notes strategy and cut costs as it moved to a hosted environment.

"I can get the IT team to do other things because no one really cares where the data is," he said.

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