Lilian Mendoza Dec 16, 2020 7 min read

Defining a Digital Culture with Microsoft 365

These days, businesses are looking to transform in any way they can to score new opportunities and greater profitability. They are in search of ways to best embrace new technology that promises to empower their workers and take the sales forward, despite the mounting challenges.

This means that digital transformation is no longer just a one-off exercise but an on-going effort for companies that want to build modern workplaces at the intersection of people and technology.

However, all that is easier said than done, as Microsoft recently found out during a survey in Ireland. It reported that only 11% of the local workforce feels productive on the job. But in companies that prioritize building a strong digital culture, 99% of the employees routinely report high productivity.

A similar study conducted in Germany shows that 60% of employees believe that digital technologies enhance competitiveness while also offering avenues for personal development and better work-life balance.

So there is no denying the significance of a strong digital culture for the success of a modern business.

Digital Culture and its Importance

Digital culture is an environment where business leaders support and champion technology to get work done.

It defines the impact that the internet and technology have on the interactions between humans. In turn, this emphasizes the increased role of technology and innovation in our society and how we respond to it.

The Coronavirus pandemic is a true testament to why companies need a digital culture. Economies across the world are suffering, and businesses are striving hard not to crumble. Imagine how much worse the situation would've been had there not been digital practices and adaptation by companies.

According to an opinion poll conducted by Statista in early April 2020, 20% of US adults have adapted to work from home. This, however, would not have been possible in the absence of digital culture.

Over the last year, the rapid digital transformation has pushed people to quickly adapt to changes that they did not think of before.

With the digitization of work, it is important to embrace a digital culture in the workplace. It breaks down hierarchical barriers and motivates employees to be innovative. It also attracts a young task force as well as retains the current one. This fosters a more collaborative work environment where people feel encouraged to voice their ideas and opinions.

Microsoft 365's Digital Culture Practices

Microsoft 365 possesses features that are meant to encourage the kind of cultural shift companies are facing globally. Employees can work creatively with a collaborative effort because of the foundational infrastructure that Microsoft has developed.

As Statista reports, Microsoft's Office 365 is used by over 650,000 companies in the United States and a million companies worldwide. Businesses globally can maintain their work pace, whether they are at the workplace or home.

Collaborating through Microsoft Teams and Exchange Online has become a reality with the implementation of Microsoft 365 Enterprise. Sensitive data can also be shared online with the use of secure SharePoint intranet sites.

Additionally, management needs are also fulfilled, and total ownership costs across the IT lifespan are also minimized with Microsoft's high-security features.

Creativity and teamwork in a safe environment are possible due to several applications and services supported by Core Services Engineering and Operations.

Networking

A powerful networking system forms the basis of an effective digital culture. This is a key aspect when it comes to Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Intune. It provides a secure network for the sharing of cloud-based solutions with client devices. Microsoft 365's networking system stresses performance and integration, making these cloud-based services possible that customers can easily use globally.

Using Microsoft 365, Core Services Engineering and Operations wanted to create a system where performance and network capacity could not be compromised. Hence, careful thought was put into developing the network, and an efficient move to Office 365 was completed with cloud infrastructure.

Identity Protection

Security is another focus of Microsoft 365 Enterprise, which is achieved by an efficient identity infrastructure. Microsoft protects access to sensitive data that minimizes the risk of disclosures and provides higher protection to corporate data, documents, and resources.

Authenticated users and devices are given exclusive access to sensitive data resources and productivity workloads. Microsoft 365 allows the protection of privileged identities with the help of its high identity infrastructure.

Information Protection

Microsoft data security is a top priority of the organization. The transmission, storage, and processing of sensitive data worldwide using high technology have never been so highly protected. 

Microsoft's strategies have enabled a modern work environment using security tools like Azure Information Protection to classify and label data.

Using carefully developed features in their applications, Microsoft 365 has allowed an effective shift in companies' digital culture. It is easy and safe to work on sensitive data and share it with your colleagues is a great example of how Microsoft is changing the digital landscape globally.

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Lilian Mendoza

Customer Success Manager & Talent Acquisition Manager at Definity First. Working every day to make sure we deliver the best for our clients.