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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

01/31/2019
Mark Kirstein
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This article originally appeared in Channel Partners. 

It’s valuable to think about what 2019 is likely to bring as we take stock of the major events of 2018. While it’s impossible to know for certain what will happen, thinking about the possible trends can be very instructive to those offering IT solutions and applications. At BitTitan, we recently convened to come up with our list of predictions for the coming year. Here’s what we expect.

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.

More Sophisticated Cloud Customers, Cloud Environment

Organizations are becoming more intelligent about their selection of cloud providers and the adoption of cloud services. They’re approaching the cloud with specific goals in mind and looking to optimize their investments if they’re already there.

As a result, IT environments are becoming more complex to manage. Hybrid and multi-cloud strategies dominate, while the influx of SaaS solutions and department-level technology decisions leaves IT teams with the tall task of ensuring everything works together. Look for this trend to continue this year — and for software management solutions to break out as IT looks for a way to manage it all.

 

Data Governance Implementation, Another Top Priority

As a result of that complexity, there’s likely to be a razor-sharp focus from IT on improving data governance in 2019. Many enterprises will adopt new policies to manage the availability, usability and integrity of their data. Some of those developments may change where data is stored, as well as change an organization’s retention policies.

After all, data is growing exponentially and it’s increasingly an organization’s most important asset. Data provides organizations with a better understanding of their customers or gives them a competitive advantage in the market. As such, it’s vital that data is effectively managed across the enterprise, and that any data governance programs put in place are scalable and sustainable.

 

M&A Activity Means Migrations

Many experts believe merger-and-acquisition (M&A) activity happens in cycles and will continue to be strong in 2019. If that proves to be true, more organizations will be integrated or divested, driving an increased need for IT migrations of all types and sizes.

Just look back at all the deals in the health-care industry in 2018, for example: Private equity firm KKR completed its agreement to purchase Envision Healthcare, while Veritas Capital and Elliott Management agreed to buy athenahealth for $5.7 billion. GlaxoSmithKline purchased a large stake in 23andMe and Apollo Global Management acquired LifePoint Health. In that industry alone, this M&A activity may translate to an abundance of IT sales opportunities and migration projects. Look for this across other industries, too, including the service-provider landscape.

 

Battle for Workplace Intensifies

Google’s G Suite will continue to provide an increasingly popular alternative to Office 365, most notably in the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) sector. Last summer, Google made investments in artificial intelligence and new cloud capabilities as it worked to attract more business users — and those investments are likely to pay off in 2019. Expect announcements from Google concerning new offerings for business users and additional “must-have” features that attempt to lure more seats away from Microsoft’s Office suite. Those new users will join a list of high-profile customers like Airbus, which in March of 2018 said it was moving 130,000 workers from on-premises Office to Google’s cloud productivity suite.

 

Growth of Azure

We further predict that 2019 will see the continued growth of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, which will continue to outpace Google and close the lead held by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Azure is significantly better positioned to service enterprise businesses, who weren’t among cloud’s early adopters. Microsoft touts how AWS is five times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. In addition, Azure offers some significant pricing advantages with savings through existing licenses, and Microsoft is offering some free extended security updates as additional incentive. Today, Microsoft declares more than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Azure, and we feel more will transition using Azure in the coming year.

In many ways, 2018 was a watershed year for the cloud. According to global analyst IDC, almost half of IT spending was cloud-based in 2018, and by 2020 they predict that “60-70 percent of all software, services and technology spending” will be cloud-based. The trends we see for 2019 reflect the maturity of this sector. That maturity is, in part, why cloud-to-cloud migrations will outpace on-prem-to-cloud migrations in 2019.

Today, many companies are not starting their journey to the cloud — they’re already there. The next year will see these companies refining IT strategies and seeking new investments to help grow their businesses in the new year.

Here’s to your prosperous 2019!

 

This article originally appeared in Channel Partners. 

 

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