End the End-of-Support Scramble with Lifecycle Management
Microsoft has announced it will soon end support for Office 2013. Some IT administrators are scrambling to upgrade. But some are not. IT administrators who practice software lifecycle management have already identified, scheduled, and implemented necessary upgrades.
While some administrators are losing sleep over the looming loss of access to technical support, updates, bug fixes, and security patches, those practicing lifecycle management have moved on to focus on other vital business functions. Simply put, software lifecycle management reduces surprises by configuring the IT environment and following a plan for ongoing assessments and updates.
The concept is simple, but it’s not always easy to implement. As IT environments have become more complex and geographically dispersed, your entire team can be consumed by just trying to keep up. And each new addition of hardware or software that requires specialized knowledge can mean additional hiring and lengthy learning curves.
Making lifecycle management work
Software lifecycle management has to start with a big-picture look at the configuration of your IT environment. A clear-eyed assessment can expose issues that need to be addressed before this strategy can be effective. Issues like sprawl, cumbersome legacy systems, and the demands of critical business functions. Of course, it’s also important to understand the capabilities and availability of staff who’ll be able to monitor the environment while managing change and innovation.
Lifecycle management starts with careful configuration, then involves ongoing drift analysis to identify systems that are due for updates, reconfiguration, or patching. IT systems require continuous attention to avoid performance loss, noncompliance, and security vulnerabilities. But this is increasingly impossible as systems are becoming larger and more complex. Fortunately, automations are being developed to streamline the tasks of identifying, patching, and updating of systems. Implementing automations not only gives precious time back to your team for more important activities, it helps to mitigate the potential for human error.
There’s another tool that may be overlooked while implementing a lifecycle management plan. That tool is MigrationWiz.
What’s migration got to do with it?
IT administrators often think of migrations as the result of a merger or acquisition, not necessarily as a management tool. But migration can be the starting point for configuring your environment so you can implement efficient lifecycle management. Moving to the cloud or consolidating tenants is a growing strategy for taking the burden of day-to-day administrative chores off of your team – allowing them to focus on more impactful work. Established cloud providers, like Microsoft Azure, handle maintenance, updates, patches, and security – so you don’t have to. The flexibility of a cloud environment also assures more capacity to optimize system configuration and implement new applications more quickly.
Without an automated migration tool like MigrationWiz, some IT administrators were hesitant to take on what they perceived to be yet another big project. Now, strategically executed migrations have become a component of streamlined lifecycle management because a consolidated cloud environment can result in lower support and operating costs, significant time savings, improved productivity, and the end of costly and embarrassing downtime.
Migrate for less – for a limited time
You may be feeling the pressure to migrate before Office 2013 support ends. Or you could be planning a migration as part of your lifecycle management plans. Whatever the reason, now’s the time to get your MigrationWiz licenses. For a limited time BitTitan is offering promotional pricing on our most popular licenses.
- 50GB Shared Document License: Migrate files, folders, permissions, versions, and metadata for just $19 USD per license.
- 100GB Shared Document License: Migrate larger document workloads for just $29 USD and save $19 per license.
- Teams Collaboration License: Move Microsoft Teams and components including channels, conversation history, and chats for just $34 USD per license.
- Tenant Migration Bundle (TMB): Each license includes one User Migration Bundle License and a Flex Collaboration License so you can migrate mailboxes, documents, and personal archives with no data limit. It’s only $39 USD per bundle for a limited time.
Visit our website to compare MigrationWiz licenses, see how much you’ll save, and purchase what you need. Or contact us today for help choosing licenses and getting your migration started.