Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory (AD) adoption is on the rise — in fact, Microsoft reports 135 million monthly active commercial users of Office 365 and over 10 million tenants of Azure AD. And those numbers are projected to continue growing. But that shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, Office 365 is a very appealing destination — but getting there is no stroll in the park.
At a high level, the challenges are the same as with other migrations: doing a proper assessment, inventory and cleanup of your source environment; performing the migration efficiently and tracking its progress; making certain that users can work normally throughout the migration process; ensuring you can properly manage your target environment afterward; and, of course, communicating effectively with users throughout the process. But a cloud migration adds challenges like trying to map permissions from your source platform to Office 365 as well as dealing with feature restrictions and size limitations. On top of that, native tools have some important limitations during every phase of the cloud migration process — for example, natively, there’s no capability to merge tenants or to migrate from one tenant to another. But, with the right knowledge and the right tools, you can easily overcome all of these challenges.
In this informative e-book, we’ll dive into the challenges of migrating to Office 365 as well as the dos and don’ts of cloud migrations, including tips like:
- Don’t skimp on preparation
- Do plan for coexistence
- Do minimize impact to the business
- Do implement the ABCs of security
- Don’t forget about post-migration management