Migration to Office 365 or Microsoft 365
We are often approached by businesses that are looking to migrate to Cloud Services and these projects normally include the implementation of Office 365 or Microsoft 365 as well as Microsoft Azure Services.
But these migrations need to produce the value that they promise they will. In the case of Azure the business benefits are clear and include:
- A move to an operational spend model rather than large capital outlays every few years
- Staying current with the latest technology so that you don’t fall behind with supported systems and standards
- Having access to the latest security solutions to prevent malicious attacks and loss of data
- Enabling faster recovery times in the event of a disaster
- Seamless Wireless WPA2 Enterprise authentication for Azure AD
With Office 365 and Microsoft 365, one area that many companies fall down on is poor adoption with users never having been shown how to fully utilise the tools that are available to them and more importantly, which areas are most relevant to their job roles.
Businesses are more aware of the benefits Office 365 and Microsoft 365 can deliver, by fully adopting the applications and features in these suites businesses can:
- Improve efficiencies.
- Increase productivity
- Encourage Innovation
- Reduce costs
- Enable remote working
- Address GDPR and data leakage
- Increase security
- Enhance collaboration both internally and with partners
This ultimately enables business growth and empowered employees!
To effectively adopt new technologies such as Office 365 and Microsoft 365, it's crucial to include all areas of the business, it shouldn't be left to IT Departments alone to make decisions.
We recommend customers take advantage of workshops designed specifically to ensure the adoption process is understood and goals are set for all levels of the business. From our experience, we’ve found the adoption process is always most successful when it's tailored not only for the customer but for each department.
All areas of the business are considered and all systems and end-user devices and how services are accessed is also top of the agenda with users now able to connect with any device over the WiFi network
We encourage our customers to nominate technology champions who can make adoption faster, more inclusive and continue to make a difference.
Once you have started the adoption journey, how do you track the uptake of this technology in your business?
Well, tracking of adoption is easy to do, you can identify trends using built-in Microsoft Analytics tools, but these must be backed up by real-world analysis to determine if users are making effective use of the applications.
User feedback has to be encouraged so that you can ensure that the tools and processes continue to develop.
Remember this is a digital transformation journey, not a final destination!