All I know about #migrations, I learned from the NFL draft

I am a HUGE football fan – specifically a Dallas Cowboys fan. I am always saying “This is our year”…Back in 1989, when Troy Aikman was drafted first and then, a year later on the 17th, pick, Emmitt was available and I was on top of the world. I wanted to name our son Troy Emmitt Tweddle, but the wife quickly overruled.


As a fan of the NFL, the draft is my favorite time of year and, of course, I am over the wall excited about this year’s draft! However, I am sure there are lots of things the coaches and players do to prepare for the draft to which we’re not privy such as the player analysis, contact negotiations, workout and nutrition plans, etc. As fans, we start by watching the combine on the NFL Network, seeing how fast the players run and how long and high they can jump, and then to the primetime lights of Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, when Roger Goodell calls out which players go where. After the draft is over and our franchise players are chosen, they proceed through the off-season work outs, pre-season, and into the regular season.


I recently realized something…what an NFL fan sees is parallel to what a user experience should be for migration! How you ask?


As a fan, I want the best players assembled on my team and ready to go when the season begins

As an employee, I want my productive tools to be available to me when I need them


As a fan, I want to turn on the tv, and see my team working in perfect harmony – passing, receiving, tackling! Defense!

As an employee, I need to login into AD, access my email and data on SharePoint and I want all of my apps to work together when I get my much needed windows8 laptop


Still asking how this is relative? Much like the NFL, the IT department needs to complete a few more steps when they move from one platform version to another, regardless of whether this is on-prem to on-prem, or on-prem to the cloud. Just as coaches must complete several steps when deciding on draft picks and moving to a new season, the IT department must be sure they are properly planning for an upcoming project.


The good news is that the Quest Group has migrated over 100 million users and mailboxes, 500 TB of data to SharePoint and countless desktops to Win 7 and Win 8. We have the experience to lead a company to a successful migration – much like the success Jimmy Johnson had in the draft when leading my ‘Boys!


Whether you are an IT manager or an NFL coach, there are four simple steps to follow when preparing for a draft or a ZeroIMPACT Migration:


1. Prepare - Migrating is a great idea, but, without a plan in place, you’ll be overwhelmed AND over budget. See how to best prepare for a successful migration.

2. Migrate - Whether you’re consolidating, restructuring, upgrading, or migrating platforms, trust Dell to provide a safe and budget-friendly migration with ZeroIMPACT on end users, IT and productivity.

3. Coexist - Migrations don’t happen overnight; sometimes you need two platforms to work together for an extended period of time. We’ve got the solutions to make that happen.

4. Manage - After the migration, get the most out of your Microsoft platform investments. Dell helps reduce administration time and meet SLAs with solutions for automation, recovery, auditing, and development.


A perfect draft, just like choosing the perfect partner and tools to perform a ZeroIMPACT Migration, will lead to success! GO COWBOYS!!!!