Plan and Implement Office 365

Implementing Office 365 is not just about migrating email to the cloud, or getting the latest in productivity applications, or implementing SharePoint Online. It is about all of the above.

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Your Challenge

  • Organizations are faced with the decision to move Microsoft Exchange, Office, and SharePoint deployments to the cloud through the implementation of Office 365.
  • Microsoft’s push for Office 365 is complicating on-premise and hybrid deployment models of Exchange and SharePoint.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Matching each user’s needs to the correct licensing scheme is difficult and time consuming. Microsoft’s marketing materials are unclear about which services are included in each version of Office 365.
  • Office 365 is its own ecosystem with improved integration between services. Hybrid deployments require a significant increase in work for compatibility and ease of use for end users.

Impact and Result

  • Assess the needs of users in workgroups and departments.
  • Deploy the needed Office modules to each employee without overspending.
  • Create a deployment strategy to roll out Office 365.
  • Create a governance strategy to manage the deployment and continued use of Office 365.

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Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should plan and implement Office 365, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

  1. Plan the implementation

    Understand Office 365 implementations.

  2. Migrate to Exchange Online

    Prepare for the Exchange migration.

  3. Implement collaboration and Office applications

    Implement Collaboration and Office.

  4. Get on the right track for SharePoint Online

    Define a SharePoint-based information organization strategy.

Guided Implementation icon Guided Implementation

This guided implementation is a nine call advisory process.

    Guided Implementation #1 - Plan your implementation

  • Call #1: Office 365 overview

  • Call #2: Our implementation strategy

  • Guided Implementation #2 - Migrate to Exchange Online

  • Call #1: Define Exchange migration pilot

  • Call #2: Plan the migration groups

  • Guided Implementation #3 - Implement collaboration and Office applications

  • Call #1: Review collaboration strategy

  • Call #2: Review Office deployment needs

  • Guided Implementation #4 - Get on the right track for SharePoint online

  • Call #1: SharePoint architecture

  • Call #2: Plan to govern SharePoint

  • Call #3: Long-term SharePoint management

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Module 1: Plan Your Implementation

The Purpose

  • Discuss the general project overview for the Office 365 implementation.
  • Create a strategy for deploying Office 365.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Office 365 implementation is planned out in the correct order for the most convenient rollout.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Map order of deployment of Office 365 applications.
  • Project Framework
1.2 Develop end-user communication.
  • Communication Plan

Module 2: Migrate to Exchange Online

The Purpose

  • Plan the migration to and the deployment of Exchange Online.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Know the correct migration method for Exchange Online.
  • Prepare user profiles for the rest of the Office 365 implementation.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Determine the correct migration strategy based on current version of Exchange.
  • Exchange migration strategy
2.2 Plan the user groups for a gradual deployment.
  • User groups organization by priority of migration

Module 3: Implement Collaboration and Office Applications

The Purpose

  • Implement collaboration and productivity tools.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Skype for Business use case defined.
  • Office Productivity Suite deployment planned.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Review the organization’s collaboration strategy.
  • Office and Skype for Business deployment plan.
3.2 Use defined user groups to choose best-case licensing.

Module 4: Get on the Right Track for SharePoint Online

The Purpose

  • Define a SharePoint-based information organization strategy.
  • Develop a governance framework for SharePoint.
  • Enable SharePoint users through workflow.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • SharePoint governance plan created before the rollout.
  • Greater adoption of SharePoint by end users.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Plan SharePoint architecture based on user needs.
  • SharePoint site architecture
4.2 Create a SharePoint governance plan.
  • Framework for SharePoint governance
4.3 Plan the SharePoint migration path.
  • SharePoint deployment plan

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Search Code: 76000
Published: May 27, 2015
Last Revised: May 27, 2015

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