On-premises systems worked fine when the only requirement of staff was to be in the office. As we know by now, that all changed in March 2020, when the pandemic required staff to work from home, across the world. From that moment onwards, on-premises systems became inflexible and unable to be fully utilised outside of the four walls of a company’s main office. Some businesses found temporary solutions, but many were delaying the inevitable and eventually moved to the likes of Microsoft Office 365.
The flexibility and agility introduced by Microsoft Office 365, and by extension Cloud Outlook services, is only going to prove more useful, whatever the future looks like. As it stands, it looks more and more likely that hybrid working will remain the norm for many years to come. Obviously this is dependent upon a number of factors, such as company size, industry and the opinion of business owners. Generally speaking, though, a healthy IT investment in 2022 will be a flexible system – to invest in anything less would be setting your organisation up for failure.