As a cloud-based platform, Office 365 migration is in high demand. With communication, productivity abilities, and collaboration, more and more businesses are making the switch. However, migrating systems can quickly become an overwhelming and confusing process as you navigate through multiple systems. Further, there are many methods for migration. Here, we are taking a look at a few of the approaches to help you choose which is best for your company.
Staged Office 365 Migration
The first method of migration is referred to as staged migration. This method moves data over in batches. Often, this is a preferred method because it allows transitional time between phases, and, ultimately, more preparation time. Furthermore, the process allows users accessibility to send and receive emails during the migration. Best for small and medium-sized companies, the staged method works well with Microsoft Exchange 2003 and 2007.
Unlike the transitional method of staged migration, the cutover method moves everything at once. Thus, mailboxes, distribution groups, and contacts become inaccessible during the designated time. However, once complete, all employees will have access to all data under the Office 365 platform.
With a hybrid process, administrators work simultaneously to integrate Office 365 with the on-premise servers and directories. Thus, enabling full access to both environments at all times. Although a bit more complicated of a process, for those needing to pick and choose which mailboxes to keep and which to migrate, the hybrid process is your solution.
IMAP Office 365 Migration
Instant message access protocol (IMAP) allows you to transition users from Gmail or other platforms outside of Exchange. The downfall of this method is the migration process does not transition any data, passwords, and so on, other than email. Further, you will need to establish a new user account for each employee before the process begins.
Office 365 migration can be confusing, time-consuming, and overwhelming without the right expertise. While this article provides a brief overview, there are many more details involved. If you are considering moving to the Office 365 cloud-based platform, contact the experts at Converter Technology first.
With extensive experience and knowledge, our team will help your company successfully make the transition. Contact Converter Technology today for more information.