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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

Ankur Garg



Just like many events this year, Ignite 2020 went virtual! We know you may have grown tired of attending online and opted for the on-demand sessions to watch at your own pace (and hey, at least we can avoid the crappy conference coffee).

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.

Lucky for you, the BitTitan team sat in and took notes on the most important announcements for our cloud office partners. Read on below to see what you missed.





Additional Teams Features Targeting Remote, On-Site Workers

As more and more meetings take place in Teams, Microsoft is working hard to improve the visual and user experience for customers. At Ignite, Microsoft unveiled a robust roadmap of custom features like layouts and conference modes to help users customize their own meeting environments. Meeting recaps, arriving later this year, provide a host of options for recording, transcribing, and sharing files presented in the meeting. Search, webinar, and “well-being” features are also on the roadmap.

Full writeup on these changes here.


Where are my Stream files?

Big changes are coming to Microsoft Stream. The Redmond giant is making Stream the default video platform for all Microsoft 365 apps. As Mary Jo Foley notes in her ZDNet roundup, “”Stream currently powers videos uploaded to Stream, but not he rest of Microsoft 365, such as SharePoint, Teams, and Office. Streams is basically a siloed product/service.” The new version will store all Stream files on SharePoint and OneDrive, which leads to a host of governance and security features, too.

No detailed timing on when these efforts will begin, though a host of features are planned through the end of this year and H1 2021.

Full writeup on these changes here. 


On-Prem Office Goes Subscription

For the dwindling number of Office users who still prefer server products, be aware licensing changes are afoot for 2021 versions. Not all details are hashed out yet  -stay tuned for more updates on pricing in the coming months.

Full writeup on these changes here.


Double the Fun: Two Ignites in 2021

That’s right – the IT pro conference is going to be divided into two parts in 2021. No dates have been set for the next event, which looks to be happening in the Spring. Note this second Ignite event will not replace the annual Microsoft Build event and 2021 events are still largely up in the air as we continue to navigate social distancing policies amidst the pandemic.

Full writeup here. 


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