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Why Having a Good Cloud Migration Strategy is Key

​Have you ever done a cloud migration? They can range from very simple to extremely complicated based on what is being migrated and where things are being migrated to and from. As far as cloud migrations are concerned, we have them dialed in to a "T," but how did we get there? We've put together a great migration strategy that we follow, whether for mail or data, as experience has shown us what is best and what is not. As a rule of thumb, if you are thinking of doing this yourself, it's always better to hire a professional, but let's go over what the best strategy is for migrating into the cloud.

First, there are a few important things that need to be taken into consideration. You need to have a very good understanding of all that is set up inside the migrating environment, as well as what is dependent on those things. Here's a short list of what that can include:

  1. Mail users
  2. Shared Mailboxes
  3. Distribution Groups
  4. Organizational File Storage
  5. Personal File Storage
  6. Connected Mail Applications 
  7. Third Party Devices (such as scanners, etc)
  8. Third Party Applications/Services (such as CRM's, accounting software, etc.)
Being able to understand the full scope of your migrating environment will help to avoid any emergencies, after the migration cutover, for something that may have been forgotten. Being able to be as thorough as possible and getting all necessary information from the end user is absolutely key when doing a cloud migration, big or small.

Communication and planning is extremely important when doing a cloud migration. The professional assigned to do the migration needs to ensure that there is an open line of communication and transparency between the people involved in the migration process, including all in the migration team, and the end users. Everyone needs to know what to expect within the process and what the plan is to get it done, including things like timeline for completion, any downtime expected, migration cutover, etc. Proper expectations need to be set for all sides so all understand what the process could look like for the entirety of the migration process.

Lastly, the migration team is very important in the process as they will be the ones setting the timelines and goals based on what has been communicated to them by the end user. It is never smart to rush a migration as this can lead to inevitable problems. Every migration is different and can be confronted with its own set of issues, so it's best to have a reasonable plan for the process. Following the general guidelines stated above will ensure a successful migration for everybody involved.

If you're planning on doing any sort of migration into the cloud, whether from an on-premise device, or from another cloud host, reach out to us and we will happily provide a free consultation. We have the experience and can take on migrations of all kinds.

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