If you’re planning to migrate from Google’s G Suite to Microsoft Office 365, you’re going to need to be aware of some crucial differences to preserve your data. Making the change can be a significant process that takes downtime to complete properly. You want to be sure of your plans and process for migrating before you start. Some of the finer details might not be included in the Office 365 On-boarding Guide, so you need to be aware of them before you start. Here are four of the essential facts about migrating from G Suite to Office 365 to keep in mind.
1. Migrating Just Email, or Everything?
One of the main reasons businesses switch from G Suite to Office 365 is because of Microsoft Outlook. This desktop email app is just indispensable to some businesses so that it can drive the whole migration. But whatever your reasons, it’s important to clarify whether you’re moving everything to Office 365, or just your email solution. Of course, moving just email will be a different approach to moving your entire platform. So it’s important to look at what method will be right for you.
2. Varied Data Sources Might Not Be Included
If you are moving everything, be sure that you do get all the data when you move. Just because you have moved everything from one platform to the other, doesn’t mean you have captured all the necessary data you need to move. Chances are, there are individuals or groups in your company who might be using alternate software to G Suite, and when you migrate, this will be missed unless you’re aware of all data sources. Be sure to have all data sources accounted for and have employees report the apps they are using, whether they are a part of G Suite or not.
3. Have the Right Plan for Adoption and Support
Once your migration is done, it doesn’t mean the job is over. Even if your staff has used Outlook and other Microsoft Apps before, they should be properly trained and supported to ensure the best adoption of your new platform.
Training consistently helps to achieve better adoption rates and gets better outcomes from the capabilities of the software.
4. Get Help Before You Start
If you think you are going to need help with your migration or you plan to work with a managed service provider for your migration process, have your third party on board from the beginning of the migration process. Bringing in a consultant to help when you’re already in the middle of migration can significantly increase the cost and complexity of your move, so get help from the start for faster and smoother results.
Migrating from G Suite to Office 365 can be a daunting process, whether you’re planning to move all data or just email. To avoid the hassle of migrating yourself, let 1+1 Tech handle your migrations from the start, so you can invest your time and energy into making your platform work best for your business.