Nussbaum Medien, a QualityHosting customer for more than five years, is a publishing group headquartered near Heidelberg, Germany. They produce print publications including local newspapers, journals, magazines, brochures, and specialty print products. The company has also successfully moved into digital channels for community news, events, guides, jobs, and online shopping publications.
In mid-2020, Nussbaum was ready to move from hosted Exchange to a Microsoft cloud environment. Some employees were already using Microsoft cloud applications, and Nussbaum’s IT team knew collaboration would be much easier if they migrated all off the company’s mailboxes to the cloud. However, they were concerned. How long would it take to complete the migration?
“When our partners at Nussbaum came to us with this question, they had in mind a time-consuming PST migration we’d done for them a few years earlier,” explained Sabrina Heiliger, Project Manager at QualityHosting. “We told them we had good news: We’d discovered MigrationWiz, which has helped us perform fast and seamless migrations for the past few years.”
Getting ahead of shadow IT
The team at Nussbaum not only recognized the significant opportunities that could be gained by moving to the cloud, they were also starting to see some renegade activity cropping up. As employees were sent home to work for the duration of the pandemic, they began to explore ways to maintain productivity and connections remotely. Some groups at Nussbaum started setting up Microsoft Teams on their own so they could be on the same page with customers who were requesting Teams meetings and collaboration.
“The Nussbaum IT team began to worry about shadow IT – their users setting up accounts that weren’t being administered centrally,” said Heiliger. “They wanted to take action before it got out of control.”
Consolidating all 1,000 users into one Microsoft 365 cloud tenant would allow Nussbaum IT to maintain security, manage Teams sprawl, and offer consistent application updates to all employees. Ultimately, the migration project involved email, archives, and calendars for 1,000 users – about 3.5TB of data.