If your organization has finally decided to make switch from Exchange on-premise to Office 365, then there are few questions that you should be able to answer before starting the process. If you are able to answer these questions satisfactorily then you can carry on with the migration process. However, if any of the questions are unanswerable then the wise thing to do would be to go back to the drawing board and rethink your plans.
What plan are you going to follow for Office 365 migration?
Many a business are unable to move to cloud even when they recognize its advantages as they do not have a solid plan for the migration process. There are a lot of ways to accomplish migration of Legacy Exchange Server to Office 365, some easier than others. Depending on the scale of migration and the iteration of Exchange Server involved, you will have to choose from cutover or staged or hybrid migration strategies.
What happens to data in cloud?
Does moving all the data to cloud mean the IT team no longer have to be responsible for it? Absolutely not, while Microsoft can very well take care of the infrastructure part, the day to day administration tasks as well as user access permissions and policies etc. are still to be managed by the IT team. Thus, while migration to Office 365 makes way for easier work group collaboration and mailbox access from anywhere, the responsibility to ensure everything runs smoothly rests upon the IT team who should be well versed with all the intricacies involved
What ways can we secure data in cloud?
Your organization will have a lot of confidential information to take care of. For instance, there could be records from the marketing team that are classified and accessible only to chosen individuals. To handle such scenarios, it is expected that the IT admins in charge know the ins and outs of Office 365 completely so as to be able to know what data encapsulation capabilities it provides.
What records management options do we have?
Plenty, in fact you can specify an archive to store the record or choose to leave it where it is. If you choose the record center route, all the documents from entire organization can be submitted to record center, from where they are sent to their proper destination and upon reaching, appropriate permissions and policies are applied. On the contrary, if choose the in-place records management, you can create and control collaborative spaces for storing records.
Exchange to Office 365 Migration What next
Once you have gone through the above list, and decide to move ahead with the Office 365 migration project, then what you need is a tool which can get all your mailboxes from the Exchange Server directly migrated to Office 365 with ease. Fortunately, you don’t need to look elsewhere for an exchange to Office 365 Migration tool as EdbMails is a one stop solution for all your exchange migration needs.