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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

02/26/2021
BitTitan Staff
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BV TECH is an Italian group focused on innovation and technology in engineering, computer services, and telecommunications. They help customers design, implement, and manage advanced technological systems. One area of focus is working with public institutions to fulfill the Italian government’s initiative to move infrastructure to the cloud.

In June, the internal IT team at a large public hospital engaged BV TECH to help them move 4,600 employee mailboxes from on-premises Exchange servers to Exchange Online.

While students and faculty are at home, it’s a good time for system upgrades that will enhance collaboration, access, and security. Many colleges, universities, and school systems are planning winter break migrations to move or consolidate tenants and even adopt new collaboration platforms.

If you’re using Google Workspace, MigrationWiz is the tool you need for migrating a wide variety of workloads: Mailboxes, documents, archives, and even collaboration platforms. You can take advantage of low education pricing to move from one Google instance to another, or from Google Workspace to Microsoft Teams. MigrationWiz handles all these workloads:

  • Gmail and Vault, including inbox, folders/labels, email, muted emails, contacts, calendars, and calendar notifications.
  • Drive, including files, folders, permissions, document history, comments, and more.
  • Shared Drives, including documents, permissions, versions, and metadata.

Great education pricing is one thing, but when you’re planning a migration, you should never skimp on experience, capabilities, and security. That’s why BitTitan has been the choice of educational institutions for more than 13 years.

Experienced experts are here to help

BitTitan has migrated thousands of students, faculty, and staff at hundreds of educational institutions all around the globe. While MigrationWiz is known for being intuitive and easy to use, you never have to go it alone, especially if your project is more complex. Our world-class Customer Success team are dedicated migration experts who can help you plan your project.

In fact, now is the perfect time to call so we can connect you with team members who have extensive experience in educational environments – including implementing complex Google Workspace migrations.

Fast, easy, and flexible

Educational institutions choose MigrationWiz because it’s fully automated and 100% SaaS. In fact, if you were expecting to sprint around campus in order to complete your migration, you may have to get your exercise some other way. With MigrationWiz you simply initiate your migration from one centralized dashboard, then use DeploymentPro – which is included – to automate Outlook configuration.

Don’t be fooled, though. Easy doesn’t mean basic. MigrationWiz is highly customizable with advanced options that give you full control over your migration. You’re always in charge of timing, testing, setup, and execution. You can also use project sharing to involve team members across departments for greater visibility and collaboration throughout the migration.

Top security with Azure datacenters

Security is top priority for every migration project, especially in educational settings. You’re responsible for protecting personal information from students and faculty, as well as proprietary documents and research. You must be able to ensure every bit of data is safe throughout the migration process. With MigrationWiz you get the extra security of Azure datacenters. And, your data is always encrypted and never stored.

With BitTitan by your side, you can get a lot done over winter break. So when faculty, staff, and students return, they might not even notice because they’ll be able to get started with the new semester without any disruptions.

Now’s the time to plan your migration

If you’re ready to implement a migration, there’s still time to put a plan in place. Contact us today to find out about education pricing for MigrationWiz and to learn how we can help make your migration a success.

“This customer wanted to be able to take advantage of all the benefits of Microsoft 365 and Teams,” said Domenico Polimeni and Enrico Raimondo, Sales Engineer at BV TECH. “This move allows them to manage everything themselves.”

If 2020 proved anything for global service providers, it is the value of a fully SaaS migration tool to keep projects on track – even when IT teams are working from their home offices. While the team at BV TECH would have preferred to see their customer a little more often, their initial migration project would be the beginning of a fruitful relationship.

“We met with the customer once in person. The rest of the migration was planned and implemented with the team working from their homes,” said Enrico. “With MigrationWiz, we didn’t have to be on location to manage the migration, and the customer was still happy with the result.”

Prioritizing care by reducing downtime

This particular project couldn’t afford any surprises or errors because users had a critical need for access to their email and calendars in order to do the important healthcare work in their community.

BV TECH followed a standard pre-staged approach, moving older data first, then migrating all recent items over a single weekend. That cutover involved long hours migrating mailboxes in batches, with the team taking turns to check the progress. Everyone worked from their remote locations – a project manager and technical specialists from BV TECH, along with counterparts on the internal IT side.

The project went very smoothly. In the end, there were issues with only six mailboxes out of 4,600. Luckily, all those users were part of the IT team, so they were easy to assess and fix.

“What contributed to the success of the project? It was a great team, careful planning, and lots of preparation,” explained Ruben Marcato and Alessio Carnago, IT System Architect for BV TECH. “Of course, we also had the best tool. It was easy to use and we had all the support we needed.”

Migration as a launching point

A successful initial project can very often lead to longer-term customer relationships for a technology services firm. As a cloud enabler for the Italian government, BV TECH knew this migration could lead to addition engagements. The speed and efficiency of the project resulted in a happy customer who is already talking about other projects.

“During the migration, we identified ways we could help with the structure of their Active Directory, for example. We have a lot of expertise in that area because we’re Microsoft specialists,” said Ruben. “The migration was a great way to learn about this customer and impress them with what we can do. We look forward to talking to them about more projects.”

The choice of MigrationWiz

BV TECH has no difficulties recommending MigrationWiz to their customers. Their own experience with the tool, as well as attentive local support, means there are no comparable options. As an added bonus, Microsoft recommends MigrationWiz, so customers can see for themselves that it’s a proven solution.

“To be honest, even comparing to free migration tools, MigrationWiz is a good value for the price. That’s because we’re confident it will get the job done and make us look good,” said Ruben. “We can’t take any chances that our customers will be without their email and critical data. They have important work to do.”

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