While preparing for Office 365 Migration, it’s essential to plan thoroughly and effectively. Actual meeting and a detailed discussion session with those who are involved in the migration process will help you achieve the desired outcome. Office 365 migration consulting experts can help cover key points in the discussion process such as:
- Why your company needs to migrate to Office 365?
- How the overall infrastructures change during migration?
- How to train staff members for using Microsoft Office 365?
- What benefits can your business expect from migration?
- Will the migration affect the user experience?
Planning is the foremost and a vital part of migration process. If the management don’t have answers to the above mentioned questions, they are not ready to migrate. By answering these questions beforehand, the organization can avoid common pitfalls and get ready for the new IT environment. It is important that the staff understands the meaning and purpose of Office 365 migration.
Plan for the Infrastructure
Office 365 Migration will be based on the infrastructure; therefore, it is vital to keep things up-to-date prior to begin the task. Infrastructure based considerations include:
- Hardware & Software
Migration is a right opportunity as you can keep track of your hardware. The new environment calls for dedicated Server for Skype for Business. However, your requirement is based on how heavily you will use it in your organization. This question must be answered beforehand during the question-answer round.
When it comes to software related requirements, Microsoft Office 365 includes all the applications that are used in an organization, so there’s nothing much to keep track of.
Assessing your bandwidth to zero will enable tracking the exact count of client machines connected to the network at one instance of time. The bandwidth would be able to support all concurrent client machines running MS Office 365 as much required by the organization.
If your staff is using any particular mail-enabled application, make sure it is compatible with Exchange Web Services.
Equip with a Deployment Tool
Once you are all set for migration, the good thing is that you will not have to handle migration process on your own. Office 365 migration consulting partners will help you migrate to the new environment in best possible manner. The primary responsibility of the IT consultant is to assure secure and successful migration.
App Specific Migration Planning
While most Office 365 will seamlessly migrate from one version to another version of Microsoft Word or Excel, few apps require attention.
Sharepoint: While connecting to Sharepoint, you need to consider few things through the Administration Center. Take a note of global site collection settings, user profiles, Internet, MySite, Intranet and Extranet Settings. Make sure that their settings match to your current environment. Sharepoint’s default settings may not match to the current settings of your environment. Make sure to verify all the settings before you begin to share business critical data. Learn more about SharePoint Migration and How to Migrate SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Online.
- Skype for Business
If your business requires using Skype for Business, especially public Instant Messaging; ensure that your employees are familiar to the entire procedure. It is important to know that in Skype for Business edition, Windows Live is supported for public Instant Messaging but Yahoo is not supported. Your staff must have a sound knowledge of Skype for Business. In order to use public IM, one pre-requisite include migrating from Yahoo completely.
- OS & Browser Compatibility
Make sure that the operating systems and the browsers that the staff will use are well supported for web based Office 365. Supported versions include:
- Operating Systems: Microsoft Office 2010/ Office Web Apps/ 2008 for Mac/ 2007 SP2
- Supported Browsers: Google Chrome/ Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox
Once you are done with all Microsoft Office 365 migration pre-requisites and groundwork, you will want your staff to hit the ground as soon as possible, right? You are all set to go for migration now!
If you believe that Microsoft Office 365 is appropriate for your business, you must plan for migration in a proper manner and an Office 365 Migration Consulting partner will help you plan migration in the most appropriate way taking your business size, budget and other important factors into account.