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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

09/26/2018
Ankur Garg
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Let’s face it: moving isn’t fun. Relocating to a new home or city might be an exciting prospect, but the thought of physically transporting all of your possessions from one location to another is just the opposite. It’s time-consuming, it’s exhausting, and it’s a logistical nightmare.

As a Managed Service Provider (MSP), you face this all the time in the form of cloud migration projects. And the worst part is, it’s not even your stuff! It belongs to your customers.

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.

It’s mailboxes and data like documents, PSTs, and public folders, and it needs to move somewhere else, either into the cloud or between clouds.

Just like moving to a new house, MSPs have a couple options. You can try and do it all yourself. You can bribe a friend with pizza and beer who’s done a migration or two before and hope for the best. Or you can engage a moving company – a cloud migration tool – to get the job done. Here’s why that last option is the best.

 

When It Comes to Migrations, Time is Literally Money

While most cloud migration tools come with a per-user license cost, your margins from time-savings far outweigh that cost. If you’re smart, you’re also charging your customer a per-user cost and you’ve bundled important planning and other assessment services around this tool and the cloud subscription sale to increase revenue on the project.

A big benefit of a cloud migration solution is speed. Tools like MigrationWiz accelerate that transition, moving data as quickly as a customer’s Source environment will allow. That’s the whole point of a lift-and-shift migration: get those applications and workloads into the cloud as quickly as possible.

By enabling you to perform large migrations over the course of a single weekend, these tools limit the potential for downtime and interruption to the end user’s experience, while offering support and troubleshooting options if the project goes awry. They also come with resources like step-by-step migration guides that walk through specific Source-to-Destination scenarios. All of this equals a faster, more reliable solution for you and a seamless experience for end users.

 

The Real Recovered Cost: Opportunity

There’s always the question of what else you could be doing.

Migrations performed with a cloud-based tool don’t require your entire organization to manage the project. They don’t need someone to go on-prem to the customer and deploy anything locally. And they don’t require hours of labor from the whole team over the weekend. The less time (read: labor costs) you spend on this project, the greater your margin will be. In fact, according to reviews from IT professionals who have used MigrationWiz, driving internal and operational efficiencies is the top reason they decided to purchase licenses for their project.

 

 

That’s the beauty of automation at the core of these tools. A single technician can configure, execute, and manage a migration, and if you need to collaborate with other members of the team, Project Sharing is here to help.

 

“Still Got Boxes in the Garage?”

That’s the true test of how complete a move is, right? And just like moving to a new home, the work isn’t over after your last migration pass. That’s like the moving company unloading the truck on your front lawn. It’s not where the stuff belongs, and it means a ton of extra work for you to get settled in your new place.

BitTitan helps MSPs unpack customers in the cloud with DeploymentPro, our automated Outlook configuration tool. Included in the User Migration Bundle and deployable via Group Policy, the agent runs silently in the background to remotely flip Outlook profiles. It saves your people from in-person visits to desktops or devices to configure Outlook post-project, and ensures signatures, rules, and other pieces are in place for end users. Talk about a margin booster.

So that’s it! Next time you need to move, hire MigrationWiz. We don’t mind the heavy lifting.

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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