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Using Analytics to Master Your Office 365 Migration – Part 1

published
June 30, 2016

Using Analytics to Master Your Office 365 Migration is a two part series that examines four important considerations that will help ensure your Office 365 implementation is a success.

Part 1 is published below (click here for Part 2).

#1 Gaining the upper hand on your office 365 migration

Whether you are just thinking about moving your organization’s productivity apps to the cloud or you’ve already decided that Microsoft Office 365 is the way to go, having the right information at all stages of the project is essential to making the right decisions and accurately measuring your success.

Let’s face it, migrating to Office 365 can be an incredibly lengthy and complex undertaking. Depending on what your organization looks like and whether you plan to migrate your infrastructure, your apps, or both, data at all stages of the migration can be your best friend. But is there a simple and reliable way to capture the required data and analyze it without adding a mountain of overhead to the project? What if analytics was built-in to every end-user device? What if key performance indicators (KPIs) were monitored, recorded and analyzed without the need for lengthy loading and data preparation?

Endpoint and user IT analytics provides unique real-time insight to help reduce Office 365 project planning and implementation costs, proactively detect issues and ensure anticipated project benefits are realized.

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#2 You can’t assess what you can’t see

The key to a successful Office 365 migration project is in the process of assessment and planning which involves understanding the network infrastructure, the hardware and software in use in the operating environment.

Sometimes this is referred to as a static assessment since it involves identifying the unchanging physical elements contained in your environment. A static assessment is much like a picture – it is a snap shot representation of what you have. There are many products that can be used to gather this static information, but is the data they produce enough to guarantee a successful project?

For administrators to execute a successful Office 365 migration they need more than just a static assessment – they need detail that explains the relationships and dependencies of the discovered inventory over time – much like a movie. They need to understand how the end-user is using the hardware, software, and network resources. This type of assessment varies from user to user and is referred to as a dynamic assessment.

Only endpoint and user IT analytics can combine static and dynamic assessments together to provide this combined view. This gives project stakeholders the ability to plan correctly the first time and avoid as many mistakes and surprises as possible along the way. It also allows you to understand existing problems so you don’t migrate them, but instead fix them!

View Part 2: Using Analytics to Master Your Office 365 Migration.

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