If you need to move your company to a virtual environment in response to the new coronavirus, Microsoft Teams can help keep your business running with a remote workforce.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Microsoft is partnering with Centric Consulting, a business and technology consulting firm, to help eligible companies implement a free six-month Office 365 E1 Trial.
This trial subscription includes Microsoft Teams, a communication and collaboration platform that can keep your business running safely and securely in a virtual environment.
“The recent health crisis is disrupting virtually every business in every industry,” said Maurice Faison, who leads Centric’s Microsoft Practice. “We’re grateful to be in the position to offer our services in this way at this time.”
Here’s how Centric plans to help companies during this critical time:
- Deploy a free, six-month trial of Office 365 E1, which includes Teams, to support eligible organizations who have less than 1,000 employees and meet the following criteria:
- Do not currently have any Office 365 subscriptions, or
- Do not have an Office 365 subscription that includes Teams (Exchange Online Plan 1 or Plan 2, or Office 365 Business)
2. For companies that fall outside those parameters, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to assess your current state of Office 365 and whether you can take advantage of the critical collaboration and communication capabilities of Microsoft Teams.
Founded as a virtual company 20 years ago, Centric has experienced the power of Microsoft Teams firsthand since migrating to Microsoft Office 365 almost two years ago. In just a short time, employees have stated that the platform has helped them better connect with each other and the hundreds of clients they serve across the nation.
“In the 20 years that our company has been working remotely, Teams has been the best tool for us to effectively communicate and collaborate with our own colleagues as well as clients and partners,” said Aaron Aude, who leads Centric’s Enterprise Collaboration Practice.
As a Managed Gold Competency Partner, Microsoft’s highest partner status, Centric has also been recognized for its expert ability to develop, deliver and support Microsoft Cloud solutions like Teams, which helps clients boost productivity.
Centric’s own experience using Microsoft Teams combined with the work the company has accomplished together with clients to deploy, govern and adopt Teams puts them in a unique position to help organizations evaluate their options.
How quickly your company can leverage the capabilities of Microsoft Teams will depend on how you plan to use it, how much time and money you want to invest in the plan, and how committed you are to promote its usage across your workforce.
For organizations that want to quickly deploy basic chat and meeting capabilities, Centric can implement an Office 365 tenant, create accounts, and license people for Teams in less than a week. It would take between two to four weeks to implement more advanced capabilities, which includes providing basic training, adoption, change management, security and compliance, and governance planning.
Centric Consulting is a management consulting firm that guides you in the search for answers to complex digital, business and technology problems by asking tough questions, leading crucial conversations and blending our experts with yours. Together we optimize your processes, elevate your technology, and help you compete in a digital world. Learn more
Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio with locations across the country, we have a practice that specializes in Enterprise Collaboration, helping employees work better together. We are recognized for delivering high-impact Microsoft Teams consulting services, and as a virtual organization we also practice what we preach – we’ve been using Microsoft Teams since 2018.
Implement a Free Trial of Microsoft Teams
If your organization doesn’t already have Microsoft Teams, you can now sign up for a free six-month trial, which Microsoft is offering in response to the increased need for remote work. As a Managed Gold Competency Partner, we are partnering with Microsoft to help roll this out nationwide.
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