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Balancing Cost, Time and Quality: Microsoft Office 365 E3 vs Microsoft 365 Business Premium

In the realm of IT solutions, Helium IT prioritizes a delicate balance between cost, time and quality. This equilibrium is particularly relevant when considering Microsoft 365 options such as Office 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 Business Premium. Let's explore these two choices through this lens.

The Business Equation:

  • For organizations with fewer than 300 users, Microsoft 365 Business Premium becomes an appealing choice. It not only offers substantial cost savings but also accelerates functionality. Helium IT recognizes that competing effectively with industry giants, like Google, necessitates a robust offering for smaller clients.

  • On the other hand, for enterprises with over 300 users, the scale tips towards Microsoft Office 365 E3. This choice is in alignment with Helium IT's approach, as Business Premium licenses are constrained to 300 users, and it's not accessible within Microsoft Enterprise Agreements.

Striking the Balance:

Both Microsoft 365 Business Premium and Microsoft Office 365 E3 encompass an array of features, ranging from productivity to security, management and collaboration:

  • Office applications like access to the desktop versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, equipped with mobile and web functionality.

  • Office 365 tools, including Exchange Online, Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint.

  • Security measures such as Intune, antivirus, multi-factor authentication and Microsoft Purview Information Protection.

  • Management tools such as Bitlocker, Windows Autopilot Deployment and email archiving.

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  • Audio conferencing solutions for seamless meetings.

  • PowerApps and Power Automate capabilities.

  • The inclusion of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1.

Helium IT's Cost-Effective Approach:

  • When it comes to costs, Helium IT fully recognizes the substantial advantages of Microsoft 365 Business Premium. Not only does it bring about significant savings when compared to Office 365 E3, but it also comes with extra features that can be cost-effective, even if you only use some of them frequently. This makes it an appealing choice for budget-conscious businesses, aligning perfectly with Helium IT's commitment to cost-efficiency. Don't hesitate to get in touch to explore the options that Helium IT can offer to help your business optimize its Microsoft licensing expenditure.

  • Moreover, Business Premium truly shines in the realm of security. It seamlessly integrates Defender for Office 365 Plan 1 and Defender for Endpoint Plan 1, delivering advanced email filtering and endpoint protection. This robust security suite is a cornerstone of Helium IT's quality-driven approach.

Microsoft Office 365 E3:

A Quality-Infused Solution: Microsoft Office 365 E3, designed for organizations with intricate requirements, aligns with Helium IT's focus on quality and advanced capabilities:

  • It introduces additional storage for email, OneDrive and SharePoint.

  • Extensive support for Windows 11 ensures a longer lifecycle.

  • Enhanced compatibility across various operating systems, in harmony with Helium IT's emphasis on adaptability.

  • A robust Intune feature set, inclusive of Config Manager for comprehensive on-premises device management, maintaining high-quality standards.

The Helium IT Verdict:

Selecting the right plan hinges on the individual needs and principles of your organization:

  • For businesses with fewer than 300 users, seeking a comprehensive suite with a focus on cost-efficiency, Microsoft 365 Business Premium aligns with Helium IT's approach.

  • If stringent security and compliance requirements and the pursuit of advanced features are paramount, Business Premium offers an impressive suite of tools. However, Office 365 E3 presents a path to E5 security and compliance, emphasising quality-driven excellence.

  • The budget-conscious may lean towards Business Premium, while those valuing advanced features can evaluate the additional cost of Microsoft Office 365 E3. The key is to strike the right balance between cost, time and quality, in line with Helium IT's guiding principles.


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