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Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365Microsoft Office 365 includes the most up-to-date Microsoft products, including the familiar Microsoft Office Suite, emails tools, storage and messaging products. 

“Let Power On help you determine which Microsoft Office 365 plan works best for you.”

Choosing Microsoft Office 365 through Power On allows you to manage your account and your users on your time through our portal. You’ll also have access to custom add-ons to create the exact solution you need. Microsoft Office 365 productivity tools are easy to deploy and manage. You can mix and match the plans to suit the needs of each user, which means you will only pay for what you need. Microsoft Office 365 is built for the mobile business world, so you will have access to all of the familiar Office applications on all of your mobile devices. Plus, Office 365 gives you the option to work online or offline, and you can connect with your documents wherever you go. Want to share files internally or externally? Microsoft Office 365 does that too. Office 365 delivers enterprise-grade security with a 99.9% uptime guarantee. And you can rest easy knowing that with Microsoft Office 365, your data will never be subjected to data mining or mixing with other types of data.  

Thinking about changing to Office 365 yourself?

Microsoft Office 365 is growing in popularity as more and more businesses make the move to the cloud. However, without proper planning and testing beforehand, you could get stuck in the middle of the migration process, end up with duplicated data, or even have to abort the transition completely. Needless to say, all of these scenarios could result in serious network downtime. But you can easily avoid a migration nightmare by considering these key points before making the switch to Office 365.

Do your research

Researching Office 365 can seem a little overwhelming at first, but it will certainly give you a good idea of how everything will work, and what you can expect before, during, and after the migration process. You should understand and anticipate how your business’s daily operations will change when you make the move to a cloud-based platform. You also need to be aware that traditional Microsoft Office programs and Office 365 applications are completely different in terms of functionality, features, and interface.

Create a checklist

Most businesses fail to create a comprehensive migration checklist, because they tend to focus on the technical aspects without addressing other areas that are critical to the migration’s success. These include elements such as training, informing users, and gathering adoption feedback. You can start by drafting a step-by-step plan that clearly defines the phases of the migration process, and then keep refining the plan until everything is covered.

Check email settings

For a seamless transition, you need to synchronize accounts between your active directory domain and Office 365, by using Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory Synchronization tool. Don’t forget to point your company’s mail exchanger record to Office 365, so new emails will be sent directly to the new mailboxes in Office 365. Misconfiguration of email sync during the migration could flag your organization’s email as spam, disrupting the communication process with your clients and partners.

Choose your migration

Each migration plan looks different, and you should choose the one that best fits your needs.

Generally, Office 365 migrations can be divided into three categories:

  • Cutover migration– this is a single provisioning and transfer of mailboxes, users, contacts, and mail groups to Office 365. The cutover process can handle up to 2,000 mailboxes, and the migration time depends on the number of users and mail volume.
  • Staged migration– if you don’t want to migrate all your resources at once, staged migration is a good alternative. It allows you to move mailboxes in smaller batches over a much longer period of time.
  • Hybrid migration– this type of migration is perfect for organizations that need to move more than 2,000 mailboxes and wish to run local Exchange servers and Office 365 simultaneously.

Test everything

Once you have broken down the whole migration into various phases, it will be easy to design a testing procedure for each phase. Standard testing processes include migrating a small amount of data, sending and receiving emails, and application trials, in order to ensure that everything works as expected. The more components you can test before migrating to the platform, the less chance there is of your company facing issues afterwards.

If you’re considering an Office 365 migration, why not let our expert technicians do the job for you? We can migrate your resources seamlessly and smoothly without disrupting your business. Get in touch today.


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