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Guide to easing the migration to Office 365

If you're considering a SharePoint-to-Office 365 migration, this guide can help smooth the transition, with insights into moving to the cloud and tackling licensing questions.

Introduction

Migrating an enterprise's content from on-premises Microsoft applications, such as Lync, Exchange or SharePoint, to Office 365 can be a complicated process. That's especially true for organizations with legacy SharePoint networks or critical content spread across multiple applications to far-flung corners of their networks.

The tough part isn't necessarily moving all that content and related data to the cloud as part of a migration to Office 365. Instead, it's maintaining the data connections and search functionality essential to keeping employees productive via Active Directory synchronization.

That is sometimes easier said than done: Some 44% of IT professionals experience the difficulty of a failed migration each year, and 43% of those experienced some system downtime as a result, according to a survey by Vision Solutions. If organizations don't plan their migrations well, this pain can translate into unwanted, unplanned costs for putting all the network pieces back together on the cloud side of the fence.

Another consideration is licensing, which has its own complexities. Microsoft has incentivized migration to Office 365 in this regard, making the subscription model easier to embrace. Yet, the economics of old per-device, perpetual licensing will make the calculus more difficult if you are a large enterprise on the Client Access License Bridge program.

In fact, as the experts in this guide point out, maybe it's not a complete cloud migration that will ultimately work for your organization, but a hybrid on-premises/cloud migration that keeps some data elements at home synced with the cloud side. This guide helps outline the best strategies to consider when migrating to Office 365.

1Migration-

Navigating a migration to Office 365

As organizations begin the process of migrating from on-premises applications to the cloud, there are several factors they should consider. Lync, Exchange or SharePoint migration to Office 365 can be beneficial, but it can also get complicated and expensive. This section has articles that range from covering the complications that come with migration, to helpful tips on how to make the transition as seamless as possible.

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How to avoid Office 365 migration pitfalls

The costs of an Office 365 migration go beyond hardware and licensing, but experts say preparation can help an organization avoid costly productivity disruptions. Continue Reading

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Why an Office 365 hybrid deployment might be right for you

Considering a migration to Office 365, but afraid it might not be right for your organization? Find out why a hybrid deployment might be the answer. Continue Reading

Podcast

Microsoft finds a cloud-first, mobile-first solution in O365

How well has Microsoft's cloud-first, mobile-first strategy for Office 365 worked out? We check in with an expert. Continue Reading

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Migration to Office 365 is easier than you think

Making the move to Office 365 is easier said than done. But a clear project plan can help address many migration challenges, says an expert. Continue Reading

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Office 365 Import Service eases the task of moving to the cloud

Microsoft's Import Service is meant to simplify the burden of shifting content to the cloud -- an expert explains how. Continue Reading

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Getting caught up with Office 365 licensing

Understanding the nuances of licensing can be tricky. With migration to Office 365 becoming more popular, companies need to get caught up on Office 365 licensing quickly, which can come with many challenges. In this section, articles cover the gritty details of subscriptions, free trials and licensing for businesses.

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Spot the difference: Office 365 vs. Office 2013

Find out how Office 365 and Office 2013 differ, with an expert look at licensing, update frequency and other considerations. Continue Reading

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Microsoft Azure boosts subscriptions for Office 365

As more companies turn to software as a service options, Microsoft Azure is helping to draw more organizations into purchasing Office 365 subscriptions. Continue Reading

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Office 365 licensing decoded

Is your organization trying to decide on an Office 365 license? An expert looks at the options. Continue Reading

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Office 365 licensing creates challenges for on-premises users

The challenges don't stop with the decision to migrate to Office. There are also licensing and adoption issues to consider. Continue Reading

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The perks of an Office 365 free trial

Embarking on a free trial of Office 365 can give organizations that aren't quite ready to migrate a shot at testing the platform. We have some advice. Continue Reading

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Strategies for an Office 365 migration

Figuring out the best strategy to take during the migration to Office 365 can be the key to success. As companies take on this endeavor, it is important to consider what can benefit them, as well as what can hinder them. This section covers the best Office 365 strategies to help ease the transition from on-premises to the cloud.

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Know the difference between SharePoint and Office 365

Expert Scott Robinson explores the redundancies between SharePoint and Office 365, and offers insights into which might be best for different use cases. Continue Reading

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The ins and outs of SharePoint Online migration

Expert Brien Posey explores the upsides -- and challenges -- involved with moving to SharePoint Online. Continue Reading

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The strategy behind Office 365

Some have said the Office 365 strategy lacks direction. We checked in with expert Scott Robinson to get his opinion. Continue Reading

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Office 365 analytics is O365's best frenemy

One of the advantages of taking on an Office 365 migration is the platform's analytics capabilities. However, find out how the tool could be a drawback. Continue Reading

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Office 365 can benefit your organization's productivity

Get tips to help make your migration to Office 365 more efficient and productive. Continue Reading

4Glossary-

Terms related to Office 365 migration

This section contains terms associated with making a migration to Office 365.

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