Microsoft has launched a new application to help small businesses and local non governmental organisations cut operation costs. The online enterprise management technology is expected to help the organisations cut input costs and maximize on returns.
According to Microsoft's public cloud sales manager Pratik Roy, investment on complex computer hardware like servers add unnecessary cost to SMEs and NGOs yet the money can be used to expand businesses by investing on a much simpler business management solution.
"If a server, computers, and software cost $1000 (Sh870, 000) while Microsoft's Office 365 annual subscription cost $240 (Sh20, 880), this tells you that online business management will positively impact on return volumes considering that all the maintenance is done at the back end," Pratik said.
Microsoft community affairs manager Alex Nyingi said that the user based cloud subscription will enable NGOs enhance productivity in social welfare while at the same time boosting data security which is easily compromised during IT breakdowns.
Although cloud based business management solutions were introduced earlier in East Africa by other players like Safaricom and Motorola, Microsoft is optimistic on Office 365 uptake because to them, the cloud based software is a new niche.