|Experiencing Success With…Office 365 |
More and more business applications are moving to the cloud and taking their clients with them. By 2017, Gartner estimates that 33% of all users will be on cloud-based business office systems like Office 365. Are you considering such a migration? If so, you aren’t alone.
Large and small businesses alike are taking part in the transition from critical on-premises applications to cloud-based SaaS applications. There are some compelling reasons. Cloud applications offer improved efficiency, greater ease of use and better access to user data, all while being more cost-effective than traditional on-premises applications. SaaS applications offer tremendous benefits but can be complex and can introduce challenges your team is unfamiliar with. These Cloud challenges can lead to a poor user experience and a potential business slowdown or shutdown. This article will introduce some steps we’ll explore in more detail later this month in our Office 365 online webinar on 1/25 (and in an upcoming White Paper) to help you begin to understand, plan and optimize your migration to combat these challenges and deliver a successful user experience in the cloud.
The steps we’ll be discussing include:
1. Communicate the value of Office 365.
Be aware of potential sticky points (monthly fees vs costs of on-premises, capacity limitations in the Cloud vs. on-premises, plus on-premise hidden costs), but know the compelling pros that outweight them.
2. Understand and ensure the strength of your connections.
Know the basics of the foundation on which you plan to run Office 365 including: bandwidth and connectivity specifics, data loss latency and round-trip time.
3. Understand who does what and who consumes what on your network.
4. Understand your existing SaaS and Cloud application performance.
5. Minimize Office 365 migration impact on your critical applications.
6. Plan for email archive migration.
You have options.
7. Run a lab test (but remember its limitations).
Know the other factors that are at play in your actual migration.
8. Confirm adoption.
Be aware of the tools that will help monitor usage of the new system.
9. Explore user experience in the Cloud.
10. Prepare for the road ahead.
Fine tune and set up alerts for optimal user experience, to get the most from your investment.
Ultimately, your goal should be complete visibility that empowers your organization to get the most out of your strategic cloud investments. Ideally, that will come with happy users, fewer service tickets and—best of all—peace of mind.
If you’d like to explore Office 365 in more detail, register today for our upcoming webinar, hosted by The Fulcrum Group on Wednesday, February 25th from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Go here to register.