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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

08/01/2018
Howard M Cohen
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Every self-appointed expert sings the praises of Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR). There’s no doubt it’s great to sell once and get paid every month for years. But what IT channel partner doesn’t want revenue right away, too?  Here’s how to craft your next project proposal to include revenue before the cloud, during the migration, and after that project is complete.

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.

When do YOU want to make money?  Now, or later? Those who emphatically answered “BOTH” please read on.  The rest of you, please change your answer and read on!

By now we’ve all seen the traditional hockey stick graph illustrating how monthly recurring revenue builds on itself.  Each contract you sell pays commissions monthly.  When you sell more contracts, that’s more commissions.  More sales, more commissions.  Over time, you reach a point where the total of all your monthly contracts exceeds your quota.  What happens then?  Your quota gets raised.

Beyond this growing book of business, a portfolio of existing monthly recurring revenue contracts is one of the few things that can readily be valued about a business.  If you’re an owner, this becomes extremely useful when you’re ready to execute your exit strategy!

Making Money in the Meantime

So, what about the now?

To generate more revenue through cloud subscription sales, wrap your own services around each contract.  You don’t have your own services?  Partner aggressively to obtain them.  Here’s how it works.

When a customer buys a cloud services subscription like Office 365, several things need to happen. Somebody must plan out the deployment of the mailboxes and provision services for the users.  Usually, customers buy a bundle of cloud services from you.  Somebody has to plan how they will all work together.  What are the security provisions?  The users need to be trained.  The data must be migrated.  Long term, the services will need to be managed and users supported.  Somebody has to do all that – and it should be you!

 

Your Wrap-Around Services Checklist

If your company doesn’t provide many of these services, think “partnering.”  Just because you don’t deliver them yourself doesn’t mean you can’t sell them profitably to your customers.  Many Microsoft Partners will gladly partner with you and pay you a commission to sell their services to your customer, and the quality providers will gladly sign any agreement you need them to sign to protect your customer base.

The following is one comprehensive checklist of services that should be included with every cloud subscription sale.  There are sure to be services that we’ve missed, but this is a good starting point.  Let us know what you’d add to this list!

 

 

  • Initial Consulting

 

 

  • Application Inventory and Evaluation

 

 

  • Solution Architecture/Cloud Service Selection

 

 

  • Information Architecture/Capacity Planning

 

 

  • Security Planning w/Cloud Integration Design

 

 

  • Application Transition Planning

 

 

  • Environment Transition Planning

 

 

  • User Transition Training

 

 

  • Cloud Service Provisioning

 

 

  • Email System Migration

 

 

  • Email Archiving

 

 

  • Data Migration

 

 

  • User Deployment & Rollout

 

 

  • Day Zero Transition Support

 

 

  • User Support Program

 

 

  • Network & Cloud Service QoS Monitoring & Management Program

 

 

  • Capacity Management

 

 

Think these can add some significant, immediate revenue and profitability to your cloud sales?  Talk to your partners at BitTitan about MigrationWiz and other tools we provide that position you to be the Migration Wizard who makes money now and later.

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