Microsoft Copilot; Is It Really Worth It?

Summer is getting closer, and with it, Microsoft’s end of the financial year is getting closer. Microsoft works with a broken financial year, which means that the Microsoft financial year ends on June 30. Now that this date is approaching, the Microsoft sales teams are ready to score just as well, after all, they also want to be sunny.  

So don’t be surprised that Microsoft sales teams are still trying to sell you all kinds of things in the coming weeks. Think, for example, of upgrades to existing products (from E3 to E5) or Microsoft’s beloved AI product: Microsoft Copilot.  

Confident with Microsoft Copilot? Ask the experts at Q-Advise!  

Microsoft Copilot: What is it again? 

Microsoft Copilot is an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered productivity tool developed by Microsoft. The tool integrates with Office 365 applications and offers features such as advanced security and automated suggestions. For example, Microsoft Copilot can support users with tasks such as composing emails, generating reports, and organizing calendars. This ultimately increases productivity in your organization.  

For some organizations, Copilot may sound like a dream come true. But it’s also important to consider privacy and security issues when implementing Microsoft Copilot in your organization. After all, you’re actually giving Copilot the key to all the sensitive data within your organization. So, Microsoft Copilot has its pros and cons:  

The benefits of Microsoft Copilot  

When it comes to benefits of Microsoft Copilot, productivity is at the top. Copilot can automate processes, simplify tasks, and provide insights. In addition, it understands the workflow in your organization and can make timely suggestions, improving efficiency. Microsoft Copilot also makes your day-to-day operations a lot easier by helping you compose emails, generate reports, and organize calendars. The final benefit? Microsoft Copilot is also the basis for good collaboration between your employees. The AI tool streamlines communication channels and suggests optimal meeting times based on your employees’ schedules.  

The Cons of Microsoft Copilot 

Where there are advantages, there are often disadvantages. And the same goes for Microsoft Copilot. The first disadvantage concerns privacy in your organization. Microsoft Copilot uses user data to make suggestions, which may cause privacy concerns for some organizations and users. In addition, the handy AI tool can also make your employees ‘lazy’. Over-reliance on Microsoft Copilot can reduce critical thinking skills. Not to mention, like any artificial system, Microsoft Copilot can also cause glitches or errors from time to time. This, of course, disrupts your day-to-day operations.  

Microsoft Copilot: Preparing for negotiations 

Not all users in your organization will need Microsoft Copilot. That’s why it’s important to map out who benefits from Copilot and who doesn’t before you negotiate with Microsoft. This prevents the purchase of unnecessary licenses.  

In addition, it is also wise to see if Microsoft Copilot can find a place in your organization at all. For example, do you work with privacy-sensitive data? Then now may not be the right time.  

Do you need help preparing for your Microsoft Copilot negotiation? Or would you like advice on whether Copilot is a good fit for your organization? Then contact us at Q-Advise today. We are 100% independent and are happy to help you! 

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