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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

05/06/2019
Grady Gausman
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Meet the Partner: Orange Networks

Orange Networks GmbH is a 100% independent, industry-neutral strategic and technical IT consulting and service company with several locations in Germany. Orange Networks is one of the most important Microsoft partners in Germany for Microsoft Cloud and Microsoft Artificial Intelligence.

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.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner in multiple categories, Orange Networks serves business partners and companies in Europe by helping their customers on their journey to digital transformation. In addition to the purely technical solutions, they also help customers digitally transform and adapt their workplaces and processes on the way to a Modern Workplace – including cloud adoption and modern collaboration.

In 2018, Orange Networks engaged with ThyssenKrupp Elevator, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp AG and a global pioneer of industrial engineering and elevator technology, to transition more than 33,000 employees to Office 365. Over the course of five months, Orange Networks successfully migrated all users’ on-premises Exchange data to Office 365.

Business Requirements

ThyssenKrupp Elevator has more than 33,000 employees distributed globally with local IT departments operating their own on-premises email environments. This meant the subsidiary had 18 separate Source environments from which it needed to migrate mailboxes to Office 365. Overhead for the local installation of a migration tool in each environment would have greatly increased project costs, which led Orange Networks to look for a SaaS-based solution with no on-prem hardware or installations needed.

In addition, the complexity of migrating a subsidiary with this many individual Exchange instances in separate countries meant Orange Networks spent a significant amount of time consulting with and planning for the migration. This included performing trial migrations to test data transfer speeds, understanding how local firewalls interacted with the migration solution, and planning for technical support throughout the duration of the project.

Solution: Move with MigrationWiz

With the help of MigrationWiz and BitTitan technical partner strategists, Orange Networks completed the migration of over 33,000 subsidiary employees from their local Source environments to Office 365 in just five months – with minimal escalations post-cutover from end users.

Orange Networks selected MigrationWiz for several reasons. As a solution entirely based in the cloud, MigrationWiz requires no on-prem installations or hardware installed at the Source environment, reducing the time and complexity required to configure the project – in this case, saving Orange Networks from having to touch all 18 Source environments individually.

The SaaS architecture and central management console enabled Orange Networks to manage this global project and migrate users around the clock, increasing overall migration speeds and simplifying the transition to Office 365.

Because of the success of this migration, Orange Networks is now in talks with the customer for additional migration projects with user numbers in the tens of thousands.

“BitTitan enabled ThyssenKrupp Elevator to successfully migrate >33K mailboxes to Office 365 in five months,” said John Hemming, Head of GPI, IT Services & Security for ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

“Normally when we migrate users from Exchange On-Prem to Online, we do it using a classic hybrid structure – without a third-party tool,” says Hermann Kapfer, Principal IT Consultant at Orange Networks. “But with such a variety of AD regions, countries and users in a migration project, it is essential to use a tool like MigrationWiz. I don’t know how else we could have successfully managed such a complex migration project.”

Want to learn more about migrating from Exchange On-Prem to Office 365 with MigrationWiz? Watch our on-demand webinar below or check out other scenarios in our growing webinar library.

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Check out MigrationWiz Pricing to explore options and get started today. Or contact us to talk through using MigrationWiz for your next migration project.

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