If you have already decided that your organization can’t go on without Office 365, then the next step in your journey is the migration phase. Deciding how you want to go about the migration can ultimately determine how much money will be spent, the time it will take to finish the project, the amount of work involved on your part, and even if the migration will be implemented successfully or not. Your migration options range from performing the migration yourself to hiring a third-party vendor to working with a Microsoft partner.
While the final decision rests with your team, here are seven reasons why you should consider working with a Microsoft partner.
One of the most obvious perks of working with a Microsoft partner is the experience that comes with it. With a central focus on Office 365, SharePoint, and Skype for Business (formerly known as Lync) migrations, an established partner knows the ins and outs of the platform and can help tailor their solutions to your unique business.
Unlike fun, crafty DIY projects you can do at home, performing a migration yourself is exponentially more difficult, and usually ends up costing more money after it is all said and done. Utilizing the expertise of a partner allows your team to focus on business-critical activities, while the partner performs the migration at a cost-effective price.
Beyond saving money, by enlisting the help of a partner, your team has a much higher likelihood of completing the migration faster than if you had done it yourself or used a less experienced third-party vendor. With a faster deployment, there is less interruption to your business and more time available for your employees to get the end user training they need to get the most out of Office 365.
Help From The One and Only
If your chosen partner has any questions about your particular business challenges in regard to the migration, they always have the opportunity to turn to Microsoft itself for in-depth support and help. This can’t be said for third-party vendors, who are basically on their own when it comes to troubleshooting and finding solutions.
Your Best Interest In Mind
While a third-party vendor may offer additional solutions or updates that aren’t entirely necessary for the success of your business, a reputable Microsoft partner will make recommendations based on simplicity and necessity. They will align the migration with your business and won’t offer anything that isn’t needed for the migration or isn’t going to make the lives of your employees easier.
Perhaps one of the most important parts of a migration is risk reduction. With the help of a trained partner, you can avoid running into compliance and litigation issues, as they have ample experience working with migrations and in particular email migrations, which often involve industry regulation concerns such as HIPAA.
With a partner on your side, there is no need to cross your fingers and hope for the best. They have the skills and knowledge necessary to complete the migration at a fair price and on time (often ahead of schedule). On the other hand, if you perform the migration by yourself, there is a level of uncertainty present that may make your team resort to wishing on shooting stars or performing other superstitious acts.
If your organization is looking to migrate to Office 365, consider Strategic SaaS for your needs. We are an established Microsoft Partner with migration experience in a variety of industries and can tailor our methods to your unique business. For more information or a free one-on-one consultation,contact us today!