Working from Home – a Curse or a Blessing in Disguise for ONLYOFFICE?

To hear about a company which has benefited from COVID-19 and the need for remote working, we reached out to Galina Goduhina, Commercial Director at ONLYOFFICE – a software office suite which features online document editors, a platform for document management, corporate communication, mail and project management tools.

Developed by Ascensio System SIA, a software developer company with offices in Riga, London and Dallas, ONLYOFFICE is keeping up to date with the latest technology trends and was the first company to build online editors based on HTML5 Canvas.

The first big success for the company came after the CeBIT exhibition in 2012. Since then, ONLYOFFICE editors have become the company’s pride and joy, as well as a constant source of inspiration, offering a vast number of ideas and multiple ways for further development and improvement.

ONLYOFFICE has over 7 million users in more than 200 countries, as well as more than 70 partners from all over the world. Among ONLYOFFICE’s customers are small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises, governmental and public sector organisations, educational and science & research institutions, nonprofits, and many others.

What are the benefits of OnlyOffice for financial organisations?

Rich functionality: ONLYOFFICE provides users with best-in-breed online editors which are fully compatible with MS Office files (docx, xlsx, pptx), supports other popular formats such as odf, txt, csv, etc., ensures highest-quality text formatting and lets you easily implement extra features with plugins.

Seamless collaboration: You can collaborate on docs with your team using real-time and paragraph-locking co-editing modes, comments, track changes, built-in chat, document comparison, version history. Flexible document permissions (read-only, review, comment, fill forms, custom filter) allow you to easily set up access levels.

Data security: GDPR compliant ONLYOFFICE provides users with a wide range of security features and services so that their data is safe on all fronts: open-source code, encryption at rest and in transit, private server deployment, JWT that protects documents from unauthorised access, configurable cache lifetime, restriction on copying, downloading and printing, watermarking, etc.

Flexibility and scalability: ONLYOFFICE is the best choice for companies seeking a secure cloud office that can be closely adapted to their own needs – be it a small firm, a big corporation, or even a home office. What’s important is that you are free to choose how to use the online editors:

  • Together with ONLYOFFICE collaboration platform which includes document and project management, mail, CRM, calendars, chat, blogs and other productivity tools and offers authentication filtering and monitoring features such as 2FA, SSO, IP restriction, login history, trusted mail domains, etc. (available as in-house deployment or in a public cloud).
  • Within any sync&share or ECM service like Nextcloud, Alfresco, Confluence, Seafile, etc.
  • Integrated into the solution you’re building yourself.

Have you been busier during the COVID-19 crisis?  

During the first days of the pandemic crisis, we understood how important it was to combine efforts and decided to join IT companies in their attempts to support businesses and help people around the globe to comply easily with work-from-home policies.

We extended the free trial of ONLYOFFICE cloud service to 180 days (6 months) to help remote workers and distributed teams to stay connected and productive. We also joined several remote collaboration initiatives which our partners SMC, IBM Italy, interStis and Jalios set up.

How do you plan to develop your products in the future?

Needless to say, one of our priorities is data safety. We’re working hard in this direction to provide users with exclusive security features such as Private Rooms, which are designed to ensure a highly secure environment for document editing and co-authoring within our users’ ONLYOFFICE Documents. Unbreakable AES-256 encryption algorithm, no manual actions with passwords, entirely private storage and encrypted data transfer ensure ultimate security for their docs.

We are also planning to extend the functionality of the editors as well as to work on further integrations and new ways of delivering our product to users.



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