The secure cloud-hosted service will enable enterprises and small-medium businesses (SMBs) to be more productive and collaborative in a mobile-first and cloud-first world
Singapore, 1 February 2017 – Microsoft announced the availability of Office 365 in Cambodia and Myanmar on 17 and 20 January respectively, giving businesses access to secure cloud-hosted services that will help them digitally transform to enhance competitiveness and modernize their business operations.
According to a recent Microsoft’s New World of Work study which polled 5,000 mobile professionals in Asia, the majority of employees surveyed felt they were not equipped to be successful at work, with only 44 out of every 100 workers saying they were well equipped to do their jobs.
Michelle Simmons, general manager, Southeast Asia New Markets, Microsoft Asia Pacific, said: “Cambodia and Myanmar are emerging economies that are undergoing swift growth and modernization across all sectors. Technology is rapidly changing the way companies of all sizes work across the globe and our goal is to help businesses and individuals transform the way they interact and collaborate. Office 365 will enable organizations in these markets to overcome challenges in a rapidly evolving landscape through a secure cloud-based solution, without the need for significant infrastructure investments.”
Office 365 comes with a complete suite of solutions including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others that offer the broadest and deepest set of productivity capabilities, including rich, intelligent experiences such as People cards in Sharepoint and OneDrive and automated business processes with Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. Businesses will also enjoy 1TB of storage per user on Microsoft’s OneDrive, and unmatched security intelligence through the Advanced Threat Protection feature that will enable customers to detect, protect and respond to unknown and sophisticated threats.
In Cambodia, Child Protection Unit (CPU), a non-profit organization combating child abuse and exploitation in partnership with the Cambodian National Police has chosen to be an early adopter of Office 365 to enable its employees to collaborate efficiently and communicate securely. James McCabe, Director, CPU said: “In the past, we used a paper system to manage our information flow and as the organization grew, we could not keep up with a system that required manual input as it was not scalable. With the deployment of Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, we have digitalized our operational processes and built our central case management system by leveraging the cloud. Our field workers can now share, track and better manage information and we are able to provide the police with real time insights to assist their investigations. Ultimately, this enables us to better protect and offer holistic support to our victims.”
Over in Myanmar, leading telecommunications provider Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has embarked on their own digital transformation journey after starting joint operations with Japanese strategic partners in July, 2014 to accelerate innovation, efficiency and growth in their organization.
Mr. Hiroshige Taniguchi, GM of IT Strategy and Platform Department of MPT, said: “Since Spring 2015, we have partnered with Microsoft to deploy Office 365 to modernize our ICT environment and enable new forms of knowledge sharing, collaboration and interconnectivity for our employees. This empowers them to provide better telecom service to our customers and Myanmar country. In addition, by taking advantage of Microsoft’s cloud solution with its integrated authentication platform, we have enjoyed many groupware functionalities so quickly with easy operation/maintenance and high level securities.”
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s leading beverage maker Grand Royal Group, chose Microsoft as its trusted technology partner and have implemented Office 365 throughout the organization. Daw Thidar Aung of Grand Royal Group, said: “Our market leadership is underpinned by using technology effectively as a value enhancer rather than a cost. As a group that constantly seeks market expansion opportunities, having access to important analytics and intelligence is imperative to overall productivity. It was the right decision for us to implement Office 365 throughout the group to help us amplify our competitive advantage and most importantly, create value for our customers.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to the emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region, Microsoft has previously partnered with governments and organizations to improve trade and drive competitiveness through technology, as well as to empower companies undergoing digital transformation in a new mobile-first, cloud-first world.
Businesses can try Office 365 for free for 30 days by signing up at www.office365.com.