Deadlines aside, there are very good reasons to make the move to Teams now. Skype served its purpose as a voice and communications tool, but Microsoft Teams is a complete collaboration platform. Microsoft Teams is also ideal for modern businesses with dispersed workers spread across multiple locations, remote-access workers who work from home, and travelling road warriors.
Teams Tip #1: Take Your Time
Ready to make the move? Don’t rush the project. Give yourself time for an orderly transition and implement our Microsoft Teams Adoption Tips. As part of your planning, consider the end-state that you’re after, so you can reap all the benefits of switching to Microsoft Teams. Done properly, your move to Microsoft Teams will foster better collaboration habits, and you’ll actively change how your organization works together — for the better.
Issues and Questions to Consider
1) What’s the timeline for this transition?
It’s possible to do a simple cutover, but in some situations, you might lose some data in the process. A bigger concern is due to the fundamental differences between Skype and Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is a whole new way to collaborate, and it’s going to take some getting used to. Learn more about it here: Microsoft Teams Migration: Preparation and Best Practices.
2) Who will lead the transition effort?
You’ll have a project team to do the planning, ensure that the computing environment and users are ready, and execute the steps in the plan. But also, identify and enlist the sponsorship of executives and project managers who can emphasize the importance of the initiative to the business.
3) What about a plan to drive adoption and usage?
Unless you’re a small business, you’re best off to a start with a pilot project of early adopters, get them familiar with Microsoft Teams, and then target a few promising use cases within your organization. Check out Microsoft Teams Adoption Tips for pointers. Use the results to determine how to best to configure Microsoft Teams for your organization and progressively broaden the base.
Is this transition from Skype for Business Online or Skype for Business on-premises?
If you’re moving from the on-premises version, there are some extra steps to take. In either scenario, Skype and Microsoft Teams can co-exist for a time as your users adjust. There are options to use both Skype and Microsoft Teams side-by-side for a time, or to specify which collaboration functions will be handled by Skype and which will take place within Microsoft Teams. Either route you choose will give you an orderly path for gradually shifting all your users to the point where they’re using Microsoft Teams exclusively.