Cloud computing has made it imperative for business organizations that wish to remain viable to move their onsite resources to a cloud platform which offers a large scale emailing system at an affordable rate. Yes, we are talking about Office 365.
It is one of Microsoft’s leading IT solutions which allows you to access data on your mobile devices, eliminates capital and management overhead costs while enabling you to store and secure significant amounts of data without having to pay for software upgrades.
While Office 365 has its perks, migrating from an Exchange Server is a complex process that requires a certain level of proficiency and planning.
Tips to Help You Migrate to Office 365 Smoothly
1. You need the right migration method
Based on the Exchange Server version and number of mailboxes, you will need to choose the migration method that suits your needs. Some of the migration methods include cutover migration; staged migration and hybrid migration.
2. Check your migration infrastructure
Before starting the migration process, you need to ensure that both locations are in good condition. Firstly, you need to be sure that the version of Exchange Server meets the requirements because the environment has an impact on the migration process.
You should also ensure that the Office 365 plan you intend to migrate to is technically suited to your current needs and the migration process. You could administer Office 365 Health, Readiness, and Connectivity Checks to gauge your level of preparedness. Better still, you can engage the services of premium IT professionals who offer Office 365 migration services.
3. Manage your time
Managing the time needed for migration is essential. In other to ensure a smooth migration process, it is essential to accurately estimate the amount of time the migration process will take. That said, the amount of time taken will depend on the type of migration method you choose to use.
Depending on the migration method, you may need to migrate in batches. You will also need to consider your WAN bandwidth since it is associated with the speed of the operation.
4. Test run migrations
Test run the migration using a small batch of data. The results of the test run will help you verify the process, assess the downtime, and check how well things work after the migration.
The essence is that it prepares you for migrating larger batches of data. Understandably, you may not have sufficient technical expertise to handle this. The good news is that you can readily procure a professional versed in Office 365 migration services.
5. Be sure to use a specialized Office 365 migration tool
Although both the Exchange Server and Office 365 have in-built features that make the migration process easier, several third-party tools can automate the process and save you tons of stress.
Office 356 migration is not always as enjoyable as your favorite morning coffee. This is why you need experts to get the job done flawlessly. EPC Group offers you reliable technical proficiency in Office 356 migration. Do you want to move out of Exchange On-premise, Lotus Notes, Google Apps or Dropbox? EPC Group will make it a sweet piece of cake for you regardless of the size of your business. Would you be overwhelmed to learn that the ECP Group has successfully migrated more than 4 million Microsoft Office 365 users?
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