There are many benefits to migrating to Office 365 and not just through cost savings. More specifically, businesses can take advantage of the expandable data management that comes with a cloud hosted environment. However, a poorly planned Office 365 migration can lead to ballooning costs and wasted IT resources. So, let’s talk about how to pop that balloon and make sure your business is operating efficiently and on budget while migrating to and operating in the cloud.
Trying to quantify the number of items before migrating your email to Office 365 can seem overwhelming, especially for a team that has not experienced a migration. This is where working with an experienced Managed Service Provider (MSP) can launch your project in the right direction right from the start. An MSP will also help keep overall costs low and your project on track. Let’s face it, as the leader of an IT department you are always juggling projects and business priorities and dedicating the necessary time to a cloud migration project isn’t always feasible. That’s also when partnering with the right MSP that can provide the dedicated attention necessary to properly plan and execute your project is crucial.
Switching to Office 365 is not a ‘One Size Fits All’ endeavor. Working with an MSP to create a custom strategy will streamline your Office 365 migration and keep you on budget. An MSP supported project or solution also provides your internal IT team access to experienced engineers and exposure to expert guidance and escalated support options. Whether you partner with an MSP for consulting or to assist in a cloud migration, it’s a partnership that can be critical for success.
Finding an MSP who is also a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) can save you a ton of headaches and potentially a lot of money. It’s important to identify the needs of the company and which product plan will best support the end-user experience you are trying to provide.
Compliance & Regulatory Requirements
The requirements are changing every day and having a trusted partner that understands these requirements will help you remain compliant.
10 questions a Managed Service Provider can help you answer:
- Will your environment be 100% cloud or a hybrid of cloud and on-premise?
- What are your security requirements?
- What DNS changes will be required?
- Who will provision the Office 365 environment?
- What changes will need to happen to SPAM filtering?
- What are your compliance requirements?
- Whose answering all those phone calls and emails?
- How do end users connect on their mobile devices?
- Can your network bandwidth support this?
- Is integration with other applications supported?
Post migration, the consideration of an ongoing support agreement with an MSP should be considered. Having that level of support available to your internal IT team for support of an environment they know little about will be critical. They can provide Level 2 and Level 3 support and let your team get back to doing what they do best. An MSP can also provide 24x7 support to you IT team and help deliver a quality end-user experience.
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