Migrating to Office 365 is a potentially profitable move for your business. Office 365 brings together a variety of essential services and can provide you with timely updates, powerful security, and reliable performance across devices. Here are Three key points to consider for a successful Office 365 migration.

It’s important to keep in mind, however, that you’ll benefit from Office 365 only if you migrate to it successfully. A poorly managed migration can lead to painful problems, including data loss, costly delays and downtime, and service malfunctions. Instead of improving your productivity and becoming a cost-effective solution, Office 365 will become a burden to your business if you don’t carry out the migration properly.

Three key points to consider for a successful Office 365 migration

What should you do to make sure everything works out well? The following are three considerations for how to perform a successful Office 365 migration:

1) Don’t leap without looking

Office 365 is available in different plans that vary in some key features. The plan you choose will depend on the size of your business and its needs. You need to study the plans carefully and understand exactly what features you’ll be getting, such as data storage capacity, payment options, and types of available software.

Your research also has to include the steps necessary for a successful migration, including the order in which to proceed and what to expect along the way and afterwards. There are different migration options to decide on. You can move everything all at once, or you can enact a staged migration that allows you to move resources over a longer period of time. There are also hybrid solutions, where you migrate some of your resources but keep others on local servers.

2) Establish clear communications

Before starting the migration, you need to make sure everyone is informed and on-board with the role they’re each going to play.

None of your employees should be surprised about the migration or left floundering in the aftermath. Come up with clear goals and a projected timeline, and share this information with your employees. Provide training for the new software, and give your employees helpful information about what will stay the same and what will change.

Furthermore, as the migration unfolds, be sure to obtain feedback from your employees. Maybe you’ll need to make revisions to your timeline, or maybe you’ll decide not to move certain resources to Office 365. You’ll need to retain a certain amount of flexibility and keep people updated as you go.

3) Check that everything is configured properly

Any kind of transition to Office 365 demands that you sync up the appropriate accounts and configure the settings so that each program functions as it should. For example, if you neglect to configure your business’s mail exchange record so that it’s pointing to Office 365, you’ll wind up suffering a disruption to email communications. Disruptions can result in lost sales, diminished productivity, and increasing levels of customer frustration.

One way of checking that you’re using the right settings for each program is to conduct a trial run of different applications. Is your email up and running? Are you able to access Outlook or SharePoint and use it without any problems? Did any data fail to carry over? You may want to initially move smaller amounts of data to test that everything works well before you migrate the rest.

Receiving professional assistance

Migrating to Office 365 is a potentially daunting and complex process. Although there are tools (such as Azure Active Directory Synchronization) and instructions on how to perform a migration successfully, there’s still much for you to figure out on your own.

Fortunately, you don’t need to do all the work by yourself. You can contact reputable and experienced IT professionals to assist you with every step of the migration. We will work with you to understand your business needs, carefully plan the migration, and implement it while minimizing the chances of major service interruptions and other costly problems. A successful Office 365 migration means that you can immediately enjoy the many benefits of Office 365.

Considering an Office 365 Migration?
Speak to the experienced team at Stanfield IT on 1300 910 333