Sprint Adds Microsoft Office 365 to SaaS Portfolio
Sprint (NYSE: S) is the latest service provider to commit to providing Microsoft Office 365 to its customer base. The company has added Office 365 to its SaaS portfolio following an announcement earlier this year launching its Sprint Complete Collaboration unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) and its partnership with CSC to deliver IaaS.
This represents the latest in what seems to be a continuous line of announcements from vendors and solutions providers related to new offerings of Office 365. Like others, Sprint is targeting the SaaS offering at SMBs while promising the scale of enterprise applications for those in the small and mid-markets.
To try to differentiate itself from what is essentially a resell opportunity for the channel, the company plans to bundle Office 365 with value-added services to create more complete solutions that increase productivity and give a boost to the capabilities of mobile workers.
The addition of Office 365 to its SaaS portfolio means a continued expansion of cloud offerings from Sprint. The solutions provider already has support, office and field productivity services as part of its SaaS portfolio.
“Sprint’s open approach to cloud includes teaming with trusted industry leaders, like Microsoft, with proven solutions with which businesses are very familiar, to enable them to achieve greater agility to compete in today’s economy,” said John Dupree, senior vice president of business sales, in a prepared statement. “Our focus on seamless integration of mobility with cloud services allows companies to extend our reliable and secure networks to their mobile workforces, so they can confidently use hosted services anytime, virtually anywhere and from any device.”
Sprint also hinted it would continue adding new SaaS items to its cloud computing portfolio. According to the company, it will add new offerings to round out its portfolio for its SMB customers. Sprint has taken on the cloud services market in a big way this year, so it’s likely that some of those future additions will be announced over the next few months. Stay tuned to Talkin’ Cloud for more details as they become available.