Get Ready for Office 365

Jul 20, 2017 | Office 365

You were made for this migration. You have had years of experience with Microsoft’s software, your business needs an IT break, and you are ready to grow. It’s time to make the switch to the cloud with Office 365. Send your emails, categorize your data, and hold a meeting. You are ready for Office 365.

Office 365 Checklist

The best news about switching to Office 365 is that you don’t really need to do a whole lot to prepare. That is if you migrate with an IT consultant and tech team at your side.

There are 4 important steps to prepare yourself, your company, and your workforce for Office 365. Modernization starts today.

Catch up on some reading

You need to know what it is you are buying. It is important to know how your system will migrate with Office 365. You need to know what the requirements are, what performance demands are, and what types of files or emails are too large to migrate to Office 365. For a smooth migration, understanding demands for capacity and bandwidth are essential.

Understand your timing

Next, you want to know what kind of timeframe you are working with. Remember, this is going to take some time, especially if you have a large data collection. Keep your data migration goals in mind when you work with Axxys to figure out a realistic plan to migrate what you need, when you need it, and with as little of a headache as possible.

Classify your data

When you were doing reading about Office 365, we told you to look at data demands and file capacities. Now it is time to classifying your data. You will need to work with teams or representatives in each of your departments to determine what needs to be migrated and what can be archived. To classify data, you will need to know the type and size of documents, legacy applications, sensitive information, as well as items not compatible with Office 365. Your IT consultant can help you devise a plan for the supported and unsupported items.

Understand the regulations

If you are a company that deals with private information and industry compliance regulations, you MUST understand how moving to the cloud with Office 365 affects your business. You cannot treat all data the same. You should talk to the IT consultant (your migration manager) about these requirements. Fortunately, when you work with Axxys, our team has experience migrating businesses and institutions on healthcare, education, finance, and law to Office 365.

Now, all you have to do next is decide to what extent you would like to be involved. Are you more of a hands-on director, or do you prefer to take a step back and let the migration professionals take over? Whichever you decide, Axxys is happy to support you the entire way.

If you need more information about your Office 365 migration, give Axxys a call. We have a migration checklist to ensure your business migrates to Office 365 without headaches and unnecessary expenses.

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