officeatwork vs. empower *
First of all, it is important for us to praise empower for their achievements around Microsoft Office. We are competitors, but we recognize their work in brand and content management. In this article, we will see why officeatwork is considered an alternative to empower in branded Template & Content Management, especially for Microsoft Office.
What drives officeatwork 🚀
Our passion is productivity and simplicity. We aim to enable every information worker to be more productive and to have more fun and success at work. Based on Microsoft 365, we have created multiple products that will bring a system to how users create and use shared content across applications.
Why do our customers see officeatwork as an alternative to empower? 👍
Branded Microsoft Office Templates & Digital Asset Management
officeatwork enables organizations to manage their brand in Microsoft 365 (Office) by providing multiple tools for managing templates and digital assets, enabling users to easily create brand-compliant content honoring the organization's guidelines. This includes supporting multiple languages, multiple legal entities, multiple brands, locations and so much more.
Branded Slide Library
officeatwork offers a product called officeatwork Slide Chooser that allows users to easily pick and insert slides from pre-defined and curated slide libraries.
Branded Image Bank
officeatwork offers a product called officeatwork Image Chooser that allows organizations to insert and manage professional and brand-compliantly images into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Branded E-Mail Signatures
officeatwork offers a product called Mail Signature that allows organizations to create mail signature templates that automatically adjust to the users so that they produce personalized signatures.
What are the main differences between officeatwork and empower? 🎯
✅ Affordable pricing
officeatwork is priced with a global audience in mind. officeatwork has no minimum starting size/price and can be purchased directly via the Microsoft Business Application Online store called AppSource. Larger organizations can purchase directly with officeatwork with attractive volume discounts. officeatwork also supports NPO/NGO and Academic institutions with industry-specific discounts.
✅ Modern and future-proof technology
officeatwork is built with 100% future-proof cloud and web technology. No crashing of Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., as the officeatwork Add-ins run in separate memory spaces (sandboxes). Due to the web technology used (modern Office Web Add-ins), officeatwork is compatible with all platforms like Windows, macOS, iOS, and Browsers. officeatwork requires no platform-specific applications like COM Add-ins or VSTO Add-ins that require local installation.
✅ Effortless deployment
officeatwork deployment is part of Microsoft 365 Integrated Apps. Any Microsoft 365 Admin can deploy officeatwork Apps and Add-ins in minutes without having to package any software. As the deployment is security-group-enabled, it can be controlled by simply adding users to groups for the deployment to trigger automatically.
✅ Impeccable data security
officeatwork is Microsoft 365 App Certified, a certification annually reviewed by Microsoft. officeatwork does not store any customer data (Digital Assets / Intellectual Property) of any customer as customers can use storage already paid for in Microsoft 365. Customer data never passes through officeatwork-controlled servers as all our apps are single-page web apps that run on the customer's device and are directly connected to Microsoft 365.
✅ Simple user management
officeatwork has no need for additional user accounts, as it is built on Microsoft 365. This means no additional support for lost or forgotten passwords is required. No additional access control layers required to manage user data access permissions, as data is already governed by Microsoft 365.
✅ Low cost of ownership
- As all officeatwork data is fully integrated into Microsoft 365, you will not need to establish and manage additional applications or procedures to manage your digital assets / intellectual property.
- Due to officeatwork being a 100% software-as-a-service solution, your IT will have almost zero overhead cost to manage officeatwork for your tenant.
- Due to officeatwork deployment being fully integrated into Microsoft 365, your IT will be able to automate deployment with no manual interaction needed for all users across all devices.
- Due to officeatwork not providing user accounts, all work around maintaining user accounts becomes obsolete.
All of these points contribute to keeping your officeatwork cost of ownership low.
So why would you stick with empower? 🤔
Here are a few reasons why you would want to use empower over officeatwork:
- You may not be using Microsoft 365.
- You already implemented empower and are happy with it - so why change a running system?
- You like or need some of the additional branding features that the empower platform offers?
But if all your business needs can be covered with officeatwork, or you want to free yourself from the hassle of installing Office Add-ins on your devices, we see no reason 😉 why you should not switch to the more affordable and simpler officeatwork platform. 👏
* empower is a brand and/or registered trademark of empower GmbH, Germany