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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

02/09/2017
BitTitan Team
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The cloud is not keeping ITSPs from being more profitable.

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new ModernMSP article by George Mellor, President and CEO of  KloudReadiness, points out that a focus on how external forces are hurting profitability is a missed opportunity to take control of the internal conditions affecting gross margins.

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.

Though the cloud represents more competition in a crowded space, there are immediate opportunities for ITSPs to increase their profitability.

Examine how you use automation before expecting results.

Mellor makes a great point:  Buying automated tools and expecting increases in gross margin gains and productivity isn’t realistic.

He knows this from experience:

The reason behind the lack of productivity and gross margin gains had nothing to do with the tools, they had to do with the inability we had embracing the automated lifestyle. In other words, we never committed to automating out stupid repetitive tasks that were killing us and driving down our profitability.

The right tools don’t guarantee powerful benefits. The full value of automation comes from identifying costly, unproductive processes and automating them.

Profitable automation requires a shift in perspective.

The first steps to increasing gross margins with automation are examining processes, service delivery, and pinpointing tasks that decrease the profitability of services.

If automation is only applied to very specific parts of businesses and processes, the gains will be minimal. When automation is introduced across services and becomes part of problem solving, scaling, and process, its benefits compound across activities.

Complete adoption of automation drives business opportunities. 

ITSPs that automate have experience with its challenges and can better advise customers. Their ability to drive business outcomes can differentiate their managed services and create new opportunities.

Going forward, profitable managed services will take more than keeping up with external changes. Looking inward now will help you build processes that will help you grow within a changing industry.

#ProfitabilityAutomation will be the next step for ITSPs ready to transform their businesses.

At BitTitan we’ve been empowering IT service professionals to successfully deploy and manage cloud technologies through automation for over a decade. Sign up for a FREE BitTitan account today to access our products and services.

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