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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

BitTitan Team

In November of 2018, Microsoft announced the beginning of the 24-month countdown until extended support for SharePoint 2010 will be discontinued. This means the end of security updates — a big exposure, especially for companies that store sensitive data in SharePoint.

The effective date, October 13, 2020, might seem like a long time off … that is, if you’re only thinking about the migration project itself. But as we have encouraged our partners in the past, external events like these present great opportunities.

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.

Look ahead, and consider how you can take advantage to deepen your relationship with your clients, add more value (for which you can realize higher margins) and play a more-pivotal role in their overall business.

Let’s consider the options to SharePoint 2010 and the additional opportunities they present.

Stay on-premises.

Clients in highly regulated industries such as healthcare or financial services might not be ready to migrate off their on-premises servers for security and compliance reasons. Your options are to migrate them to SharePoint Server 2016 or SharePoint Server 2019.  The underlying Windows servers that support SharePoint Server 2010 will be reaching their end-of-life dates around that time, too. Look beyond the migration project to opportunities to upgrade the server OS and supporting hardware, or use the migration as a catalyst for a larger virtualization project.

Move to the cloud.

As good as SharePoint 2010 has proven to be, newer cloud-based options have a lot more going for them in terms of what they can offer users and the business. SharePoint Online is included in both Office 365 and Microsoft 365. If the client’s SharePoint is not public-facing, not highly customized, or doesn’t have specific compliance requirements, it’s time to move them to the cloud to give them the advantages of all the collaboration tools and other goodies built into the online offerings. You’ll add a source of recurring revenue. Even better, if you move them to Microsoft 365, you open an avenue for managing more of their environment.

Offer a hybrid solution.

If SharePoint 2010 houses sensitive data for some departments, but also functions as an extranet or internet-facing role for others, consider a hybrid approach. This can give you another recurring-revenue source if you offer hosted services. Or you might turn to a third-party provider if hosted services don’t fit your business model.

Be a collaboration hero to your clients.

Microsoft Teams is gaining in popularity. The extended capabilities and community features, combined with a friendly user interface, allow for teams to collaborate on projects and communicate with one another more effectively. All of this is built on top of SharePoint. Should your clients make the jump to Teams, be sure you’re ready to serve them with a compatible version of SharePoint that works with Teams. As online, omnichannel collaboration becomes more prevalent within companies of all sizes, you want to be in a position to advise, implement, and manage this critical function that’s part of the very fabric of the way they do business – or changes that fabric for the better.

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