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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

03/14/2017
BitTitan Team
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It’s the 1990s. Enter the World Wide Web and email. MS Windows is on all IBM PCs. And GPS is fully operational. The iMac happens. It’s also the decade of the Value-added Reseller (VAR).

In the 1990s, we were seeing a huge partnership between traditional hardware manufacturers and software companies. A new way of “bundling” hardware and software solutions for end user enterprises was born; it took big-name hardware and added customized software, packaged for and centered on a specific industry. This spawned what became known as “valued-added packages.”

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.

The hardware you needed as a SMB (small- to medium-sized business) was there, of course. But the “value-added” part of this equation was the “add-on,” the customized software that was bundled with the 50 PCs that you wanted: engineering, law, architecture, project management, etc.

But this way of doing business is not sustainable in the marketplace of the 21st century. VARs are realizing that the 1990s model of transactional revenue from one or two large on-premises installations is difficult to maintain as a business model over the long term, and the 80/20 rule is no longer financially viable in an IT industry that is marching steadily to the cloud.

Then, another customer need surfaced in the 1990s. Who was going to install, configure, train staff and service the PCs plus monitor and fix problems with the software itself when inevitable issues happened? The full-service VAR was born. It allowed SMBs to avail themselves of tailor-made, “specialized support services” that covered not only the installed system but also additional specialized services such as installation, configuration and technical support. They provided comprehensive coverage (and good overall value) for customers. And services such as training, customization, consulting, technical support, IT consulting gave VARs in this niche (solution providers) valuable additional revenue.

Once these services were installed, VARs typically moved to the next customer installation, closing on yet another in a series of transactional deals that didn’t produce the necessary recurring revenue needed to keep their gross profits in a healthy growth cycle. As hardware became cheaper for customer installs, the margins for VARs sank.

But then, times change and technology changes with it.

Then the cloud happened. As customers realize that implementing cloud data centers is faster, needs less investment and no additional hardware, the traditional VAR will have to adapt. Worldwide, expenditure on data center systems saw a 2.6% rise to $175B in 2017.  On-premises data centers will remain stable, but the transfer to cloud IaaS is slowly growing.

What will it take for VARs to adapt as they manage the inevitable migration of their customers to IaaS? There are three areas of focus for VARs during the biggest migration of data ever seen in computing history: automation, IP and profitability.

The ability to automate services delivery within your organization to enable the scheduling of standardized tasks for clients improves efficiencies in your overall service delivery. Automation allows you to quickly scale up to service more client accounts. Scaling up quickly via a recurring revenue, subscription model creates more profit and increased, lasting business valuation.

IP protections for your business are securely rooted in the cloud. Tracking the delivery of your company’s IP helps you to better understand how your business works. Your IP is stored securely in a service library, and is widely accessible as the business scales. Having an easily-accessible service library allows your business to expand the portfolio of services that you offer to customers. The more services that you can deliver for customers, the more revenue you can create for your business.

Finally, moving customers to IaaS has implications for your business profitability. Correctly sizing and deploying an IT infrastructure model per actual use and not per peak workload as is commonly found in on-premises architecturesCloud deployments, on the other hand, offboards costly IT staff time to enable a refocus on your core business. Not the least of these concerns is reliability. IaaS decreases uptime for mission-critical applications and your core business services. That means that predictability becomes more of a constant, and that’s always good for business.

I’m not prone to hyperbolic, apocalyptic proclamations. But there is a paradigm shift under way in the managed services sector, where a new model of storing, sharing and processing data in the cloud is gathering steam. The old way of handling data in the 1990s was with on-premises data centers, operating on a linear revenue model. The new way of thinking handles data as a dynamic process with IaaS and a recurring revenue stream that drives a cyclical revenue model.

Cloud or cloud not: there is no other way.

Here’s the second post in our series, How Systems Integrators Embraced The Cloud.

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