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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

10/13/2016
BitTitan Team
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The cloud has brought about a new era for selling IT services, and it asks a lot of providers. Say it with me: caveat venditor. Okay, I don’t speak Latin either, but it means “let the seller beware.” Gone are the days of caveat emptor—“let the buyer beware”—when decision makers lacked access to information and feared being swindled by the likes of a used car salesman. Now your customers have every opportunity to learn exactly what to ask: quality in cloud services.

swine managed services expertThe cloud conversation is too important for customers to be intimidated by, and it’s your job as an expert MSP to provide education to guide them to an informed decision. And they’ll smell your bullsh—I mean, your baloney—if you’re falling short of meeting their needs and expectations during their sales journey.

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.

Knowledge is power

 

recent CIO.com article posits that even in the face of “cloud washing”—described as “on-premises software rebranded as cloud software”—CIOs are getting a better grasp on what it really means to operate in the cloud. More of the right questions are being asked as awareness of true cloud opportunity increases.

disguiseDisguising hosted services behind a veil of all the cloud promises may appeal to providers in the short term, but it’s detrimental to the customer relationship in long run.

Profitability in the cloud relies on recurring revenue and maximizing customer lifetime value. Banking on up-front project costs won’t sustain a business the way it used to—at least not for much longer.

Take one MSPs example: his customers are asking all the time if his company is a VAR or an MSP. Why? Because they know the difference now. They know who to trust when it’s time to have the cloud conversation. Arriving at an intelligent purchasing decision and getting maximum value from a provider necessitates that kind of distinction.

It’s equally important for you, as an MSP, to understand and internalize the difference—meaning, make the shift in your business—if you want to provide ongoing value to your customers and succeed with a recurring revenue model.

It’s interesting that such a gap exists within the industry around this very issue…

In CompTIA’s managed services trends report this year, more than two-thirds of respondents classified themselves as experts in managed services, when less than a third (only 29%) credit managed services as their primary driver of revenue.

 

The struggle is real

 

Trust me, we know it’s tough. There is no magic wand to wave over your break/fix business and turn you into a Modern MSP without a lot of work. The reality is: to gain a customer’s trust and ongoing business, you’re expected to offer a great breadth and depth of expertise across a huge expanse of cloud solutions that meet their needs as they grow. And how do you scale yourself?

bundle-like-a-bossYou have to bundle like a boss. You need to wrap a valuable managed service around every license you sell but you must be smart about it. It starts with knowing your audience and your specializations. Play to your expertise when you can, and choose the right technology partner to help you supplement your business with extra value where you need it.

 

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