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The AI Evolution: How Microsoft 365 Copilot is Transforming the Way We Work

Adopt, learn and leverage Microsoft’s enterprise-class generative AI companion to increase productivity, improve focus, and gain a competitive advantage. 

The world is changing fast with rapidly transforming industries, evolving economic drivers, and technology at a pivotal point. Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is redefining the way we conduct business. Twice as many leaders now believe that AI will increase productivity, not reduce headcount. Employees say they are 70% likely to “delegate” work to AI. 

Rather than fearing AI, more businesses can and should adopt, learn and leverage this robust and quickly advancing technology. 

AI can give organizations a competitive edge, with 87% of businesses surveyed by Microsoft affirming that generative AI’s capabilities will help move the needle for performance and profitability. Because 64% of employee respondents indicated a lack of time and energy to effectively perform their jobs, AI can provide a layer of support and even boost morale. AI tools can give team members the traction to perform at higher levels on targeted tasks while assigning mundane roles to AI.

Enter Microsoft 365’s Copilot, a business AI companion now available in the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. Our experienced IT engineers and specialists believe that Copilot for Microsoft 365 is an organizational transformation that can unlock productivity, foster creativity and integrate AI into daily workflows.  

Here, we’ll address how your business can capitalize on the technology and answer your questions Copilot for Microsoft 365:

  • What is Copilot for Microsoft 365?
  • What is the value of Microsoft Copilot for businesses? 
  • How can different job functions in my business benefit from AI with Microsoft Copilot?
  • How secure is Copilot for Microsoft 365?
  • How do I prepare to integrate Copilot for Microsoft 365 AI companion? 
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What Is Copilot for Microsoft 365? 

Think of Microsoft 365’s Copilot as your ultimate productivity tool that works across Microsoft applications to streamline communications, integrate data and provide real-time intelligence. The AI companion allows your people to enhance their creativity and skills. Here’s a snapshot of how Copilot for business functions in apps you use daily.

Copilot in Outlook: The AI tool helps clean up your inbox and messages, streamlining the amount of time dedicated to inbox management and email communications. For example, you can ask Copilot to summarize emails missed while you were on vacation. Or, request a thank-you draft response in a professional tone. You can also initiate emails, such as inviting everyone in a group to the conference room for a meeting. 

Copilot in Teams: Organize discussion points before a meeting and summarize action steps afterward. You can ask Copilot, “What decisions were made during the meeting and what are suggested next steps?” From creating pro-con lists to summarizing missed meetings, Copilot for Microsoft 365 is the sharp assistant you’ve been missing. 

Copilot in Word: Need to create a proposal for a vendor or client? Editing a document for a presentation? Seeking perspective for an outline so you can write a project draft? Copilot’s writing, editing and summarizing capabilities allow you to focus efforts on the creative side, which delivers more value to an organization. 

Copilot in PowerPoint: You have an idea, and you need a PowerPoint presentation. Copilot for Microsoft 365 allows you to automatically create a slide presentation based on content in a Word document and include stock images that align with each thought. You can ask the AI companion to consolidate a lengthy presentation and repurpose it for a different audience. 

The Bottom Line: Copilot works across Microsoft 365 business applications to save time, drive productivity, increase accuracy and improve systems. 

What is the Value of Microsoft Copilot for Businesses? 

Not sure if your business will benefit from Copilot for Microsoft 365? Let’s take a look at the potential time savings, workflow advantages, quality output, financial gains and employee well-being. 

We know that aside from talent, time is the most precious and finite asset a business has, and maximizing how time is spent directly impacts the bottom line and employee morale. So, how much time can people save with Copilot for Microsoft 365? According to Microsoft’s Early Access Program survey results, 67% of respondents said the AI tool, “Saves me time so I can focus on more important work.” Then, 77% said they would not want to give up Copilot after using it, and 30% noted that access to Copilot would influence their choice of employer. 

Every month on average, employees saved 10 hours of time using Copilot for Microsoft 365 because of its impact on workflow. That includes conducting more effective meetings, analyzing data, creating content and email processing. All of this improved productivity translates to financial gains, and employees are more satisfied at work because they can stay in the flow, spend less time on rote tasks like filtering email and searching for information, and simplify complex tasks. 

The bottom line: Time savings realized from implementing Copilot for Microsoft 365 weeds out waste and, as a result, improves quality and overall business outcomes. 

How Can Different Job Functions in My Business Benefit from AI with Microsoft Copilot?

No matter your industry or job function, AI with Copilot for Microsoft 365 advances your competitive edge and performance. Let’s address various departments in a typical organization and how the AI companion for Microsoft can save time and drive more focused, effective work. 

HR: Job descriptions and employee manuals are ever-evolving documents that easily collect dust because of the time and effort required to update them. You can ask Copilot to write draft job responsibilities, create training materials or respond to job applicants’ emails. 

Marketing: What relevant market trends and segments should your business target? AI can help identify these “hot spots” so you can align marketing efforts with a warm audience. Copilot can summarize a marketing campaign’s results with visuals you can present to the team. Another opportunity: creating the first draft for a project, saving time and innovation for the final product. 

Sales: Looking for a conversation starter or need to develop a case for a potential customer to buy from your business? Copilot can research industries, providing key data and negotiation points to close more deals. Analyze sales data to track performance and set goals, and create proposals. AI from Microsoft 365 can help you finetune sales skills by assisting with time-consuming legwork, allowing sales professionals to focus on more relationship-centric activities. 

IT: From staying up to date on project calls to identifying data patterns, trouble-shooting and communications, IT professionals benefit from added support that Copilot for Microsoft 365 provides. 

Finance: Take the complexity out of financial reporting and planning, and ask Copilot to identify areas for improvement. Rather than spending time generating charts to communicate data, reassign this task to your AI “assistant.” 

The bottom line: Every aspect of your organization can benefit from implementing Copilot by Microsoft 365, freeing up your people to focus on what they do best. 

How Secure Is Copilot for Microsoft 365?

Our team at DMC Technology Group believes that Copilot for Microsoft 365 is a transformative technology, and whenever implementing any IT tool, we focus on security first and foremost. Let’s evaluate how AI will impact your IT environment from a vulnerability perspective. Copilot’s best-in-class security controls provide tremendous peace of mind because of a few key features. Those include user/session risk and access controls, and automatic sensitivity labels for non-Microsoft products that mean your IT systems are “on alert” when operating apps and programs outside of the Microsoft 365 suite. 

Copilot allows your IT team or managed services provider like DMC to discover and evaluate the risk of more than 400 AI apps and implement controls so you can work securely. With Copilot, you can receive automated, ready-to-share reports on security investigations along with guidance to increase your IT security posture. You can also customize Microsoft 365 Copilot’s access and interactions with internal documents by assigning sensitivity labels. 

The bottom line: We appreciate how Copilot allows us to help you set the boundaries for the AI tool with settings controls that allow you to integrate the AI companion as you choose.

How Do I Prepare to Integrate Copilot AI for Microsoft 365?

Copilot for Microsoft 365 is designed to work with commercial business and enterprise New Commerce Experience (NCE) subscriptions such as Microsoft Business Premium or Standard, Microsoft 365 E3 or E5, and Office 365 E3 or E5. DMC Technology Group can resell Copilot licenses for your organization because of our Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) status as a Solution Partner for Modern Work.

Ready to enter the AI revolution with a tool that will measurably impact the way your leadership and employees work? 

At DMC Technology Group, we are committed to doing the right thing for our clients and providing best-in-class IT solutions. We take pride in our talented staff of engineers and IT specialists with strong communication skills that allow us to develop long-term relationships with clients, who see us as a vested partner in their success. 

Let’s talk about how Copilot can add value to your organization. DMC’s expertise and industry knowledge can help your Toledo, Ohio-based organization develop and execute a robust IT strategy that drives growth and innovation.

Contact us to learn how.

Posted by Greg Gomach, Business Unit Manager at
DMC Technology Group

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