Migration – Delivered as a Service?
In our continued series on trying to help you focus on your business, and not on your technology, we thought it would be interesting to talk about Migration. And not so much the process of migration, but migration solutions delivered to you as an ongoing service, with all-inclusive use and support.
I’d imagine you’re also seeing the trend towards everything being offered as a service, but what you might not readily know, is that companies are beginning to bundle these services into one low fixed price, per user. This is allowing companies to pick and choose services via an a la cart model, to get exactly what they need, without the expense of a room full of full-time employees.
One of the most recent services to follow this thinking is Migration.
Migration of course, is the process of transferring data, accounts, and functionality from one operating environment to another. It can refer to times when users are migrating the same software from one piece of computer hardware to another or changing both software and hardware simultaneously.
Upgrading existing tools, processes, and systems is a requisite to stay relevant and transform digitally. As the race to market share intensifies, the advent of MSPs has been witnessing a gradual rise in adoption, namely for IT support services, as well as security, disaster recovery and even telephony, using Microsoft Teams to handle your phones and to integrate collaboration.
Why should I consider Migration expertise for my company?
It is critical for organizations across all sizes and types to revisit their technology infrastructure and plan for modernizing or upgrading their existing technology systems to a later, more modern, and more secure version.
Although migrating older systems is important to make the most of new and improved features and capabilities, technology migrations are complicated. From convincing the C-level suite about the pressing need for migration, to having the required budget allocated for the migration or overcoming user resentment and rigidity, there’s a variety of reasons you should consider some migration expertise, if not as an ongoing service at your disposal.
Building a business continuity plan to deal with possible downtime is one thing, and addressing complexities related to data migration or having the right tools and resources in place for the migration project, these are things your existing staff are experts at. Combine that with meeting additional compliance and security standards, as well as ensuring integration of new technology with existing systems, the amount of man hours needed often makes them prohibitive.
Technology Migrations are Extremely Complicated
Without question, migrating your legacy system, software or application to a newer version is inevitable. But instead of just waiting out the migration process, it is very beneficial to understand the need for migration. Why are we migrating? Commonly, this ranges from improving user experiences, enhancing network security, enabling deeper integration, setting a strong foundation for data analysis, and many other reasons.
One of the reasons to consider hiring a company for your migration needs is because it’s not easy to maintain and ensure the ideal functioning of your cloud environment after migrating it to the cloud. You need someone who can understand the cloud environment and tools required to optimize. Depending on IT needs, MSPs can help organizations beyond the migration process by providing performance testing reporting, monitoring, maintenance, backup, and recovery services on an ongoing basis.
|Migrate from the cloud…
|Or from on-site…
|Other Microsoft 365 Tenants
|SharePoint 2003/ 2007/ 2010 / 2013 / 2016
|File systems & Networked shares
|Exchange Public Folders
|Cisco Call Manager
|Other cloud files
|… To any destination!
|OneDrive for Business
Benefits of MSPs and the Value of Managed Migrations:
Cost and freeing up resources are the first area that companies can benefit from using MSPs for migration. They can control and reduce the expensive migration process by employing managed services, because having a full-time staff to manage and maintain the IT department becomes expensive for a small to medium-sized enterprise. The good news is MSPs bring expertise when you need it and can possibly save thousands of dollars each year if you decide to outsource your Migration (IT Support, Security, Disaster Recovery, and Telephony), environment to an MSP like In The Cloud Technologies. Better yet, bundle Migration as a Service with other managed services like Teams Telephony and save BIG!
MSPs bring an improved response time, because enterprise-level migration can be done remotely, so MSPs can access, monitor, and repair any issues remotely. If the issues need be resolved by having someone on location, like replacing hardware for example, then a technician can be sent within the same business day. Companies are finding that digital transformation is the key to future-proofing technology and an MSP can migrate on-premises data to an environment by utilizing the latest technology and services available to your needs.
Beyond general and network IT support, cyber security is a crucial area that many businesses employ an MSP. This allows them to offload the task and responsibility. As you know, if your security isn’t strong enough, hackers will find their way in and breach your network or steal your data. Security breaches cost money and the customer’s trust which can put a black dot on the brand reputation.
Disaster Recovery is another primary service offered by MSPs where business continuity is essential especially during massive outages. MSPs design the cloud environment to be fault tolerant to maintain the business continuity and ensuring all the data is stored securely in multiple locations. Systematic backups can be included, as MSPs are flexible in terms of providing specific services, especially in a Co-managed relationship.
Partnering with the MSPs can bring value to the organization as they have both expertise and experience in managing the cloud environment. MSPs are competent at deploying, developing, implementing, and managing the security controls. They offer better control over performance, service levels and maintenance.