Simplify the Challenges
In order to get the most from your Office 365 investment, you need to fully understand the capabilities of this ever-evolving productivity suite. You must also be able to configure it to align with your unique business needs. Doing so can be a challenge because the platform is in a constant state of change – with new features, tool additions, version upgrades, and more, consistently being released. Because few organizations have the capability to dedicate resources to keeping up with these evolutions, a consultant becomes a strategic ally to ensure your organization is taking advantage of Office 365 in every way possible.
No matter who takes care of your migration, your data will need to move from its current locations to its new environment. If you choose to attempt an Office 365 migration yourself, that means that you’ll be responsible for this long, difficult, and risky task. Slip-ups cause data loss, security issues, productivity slowdowns, and many more potentially damaging consequences. Through research, proper planning, experience, and expertise, your Office 365 migration consulting partner can help ensure this transition goes smoothly.
The Workload Impact on Your In-House IT Team
In short, there is none if you hire a partner. An Office 365 migration can be a complex, difficult, time-consuming endeavor. If this task was left to your IT team to accomplish, there wouldn’t be much time for their everyday responsibilities. Business-critical innovation projects, day-to-day systems management, tech support calls – all would need to be put on the back-burner during the move. Fortunately, your consultant can help you through the migration – leaving the workload of your IT team unaffected.
While your needs may be unique, there’s a very good chance that your Office 365 migration consulting partner has experience dealing with the roadblocks and common problem areas you will face during your migration. They know what questions to ask, where to look, what factors to consider, and how to plan for each migration detail – so there are fewer surprises that lead to delays and missteps.
Even if you are able to pull of migrating on your own, you may still benefit from a quicker rollout process with some help. Consultants can provide in-depth training for specific features of Office 365 that your users will benefit from. This can help enhance user adoption as well, by increasing user understanding of why Office 365 can make their workday easier.
Oftentimes, a tenured workforce has formed their opinions on upcoming organizational matters before a comprehensive analysis has been provided – and an Office 365 migration is no different. An Office 365 migration consulting partner is able to view this task through a fresh lens, and without influence. Their solutions are based on data and information, and they can provide neutral advice on impactful decisions.