How To Ensure Successful Migration To Microsoft Teams

By September 23, 2020Tech News

Successful Microsoft Teams Migration with EvrosMicrosoft Teams has never been so prevalent.

And since the start of the pandemic, its prominence has grown significantly. Partly because of a high demand for a secure and reliable communication tool. But also because of the sheer amount of innovation that has gone into developing the platform since the world took a major detour at the beginning of 2020.

Now, Teams has a multitude of collaborative features and we’re seeing continual developments such as the integration of Microsoft Power Apps as well as specialised solutions for healthcare organisations.

However, the same hurdle still lies for many and that’s the initial migration.

 

Migrating to Microsoft Teams

Migrating to Teams – be it from another platform or quite simply from a different Teams platform – is an incredibly convoluted process.

The variations in data combined with the complexity of the Teams platform itself makes defining a migration extremely arduous. And this, in turn, can manifest as lengthy projects, a reliance on expensive resources and prolonged downtime.

So, what’s the solution?

 

A new way to migrate your data

By working with BitTitan, we’ve been able to speed up the migration process using their software as a service platform hosted in Azure.

BitTitan MigrationWiz is a SS solution that allows for simplified mailbox, document, personal archive, public folder, Office 365 tenants, Microsoft Teams, and Hybrid Exchange management projects.

And it doesn’t just have to be within a solely Microsoft based environment either. Users are able to move from Lotus Notes for example, to a variety of destinations including:

  • Microsoft Office 365
  • On-Premises Exchange 2007+
  • Hosted Exchange 2007+
  • G Suite
  • IMAP
  • GroupWise

 

And of course, users can also benefit from Teams to Teams migrations, following for example a merger, consolidation of tenancies or most commonly – acquisitions.

The software can also help with renaming Teams as well as rationalising sprawling Teams environments.

 

What are the benefits of this service?

The Migration Tool is really valuable for several reasons. Not just for aiding us in our project work but it’s also:

Scalable

From five seats to 50,000, MigrationWiz is equipped to quickly transfer data to the selected destination at scale. In using the tool, we can actually migrate hundreds of users concurrently and even run mail and document projects side by side (if the source bandwidth allows).

Fast

By speeding up the migration process, we’re able to minimise disruption and downtime. This also limits the impact to end users so they can continue working.

Limit interruption and downtime during your project. With MigrationWiz, impact to end users is minimised and predictable – so your customers are ready to work on day one.

Secure and Compliant

BitTitan datacentres are compliant with ISO/IEC 27001/ 27002:2013, SOC 1, Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2, PCI DSS Level 1, HIPAA/HITECH, CJIS, CSA CCM, FERPA and more.

Preparing for a migration

Performing a migration is still a complex task and there are lots of considerations to be made as well as some preparatory work to help ensure success.

And this is especially to be done if you are migrating lots of users, or users with heavy adoption of Teams, or a highly customised instance.

Some of the preparation tasks include:

  • Ensuring the source and destination have the same configuration
  • The creation of administrator accounts with Multifactor Authentication and Active Directory Federation Services are turned off
  • Doing a test migration to check timings
  • Turning off custom permissions and external sharing to avoid multiple calls to the Teams APIs, which can cause throttling issues

 

And of course, before a migration takes place, businesses need to ensure that all users are set up and properly licensed for the destination platform, for example, Microsoft Teams.

 

How Evros can help

Our long-standing, Gold Partnership with Microsoft has allowed Evros to lead the way in the development and delivery of highly effective Microsoft-based solutions, including superior support and security services.

As one of the largest indigenous IT professional services companies with a dedicated Microsoft practice, Evros has extensive experience in delivering Microsoft Solutions and Services.

Evros has been early adopters of Microsoft voice technologies and has delivered numerous Teams projects over the years. As part of this offering we have built an ecosystem of qualified partnerships to complement our Microsoft offering, including BitTitan.

As well as helping you prepare and successfully complete your migration in minimal time, we can also help you with all your licensing needs.

Evros can provide up to 250 Office365 E3 licenses free of charge for up to 90 days. Evros can provide Microsoft Teams exploratory licenses free of charge until January 2021.

 

Talk to us

If you would like to speak to an experienced consultant regarding your own migration, just get in touch and we’ll be able to help.

You can also read more about the latest innovations within Microsoft Teams in our blog.