When you invest in Office 365, the next step is to embark on a successful migration so that your business processes go on without interruption. Many organizations fail to realize just how important this is. Take, for example, an insurance company that just started on their Office 365 migration project by migrating 500 mailboxes per night. Some recently migrated users start complaining that there is content missing from their folders, and their mailboxes are unavailable. The number of help desk calls is rising fast, and the organization is only troubleshooting as a reactive measure. The insurance company sees a big impact on their business line productivity.
The IBM Domino environment was mostly replaced by Microsoft on-premise technology, and later replaced by the Microsoft Cloud Services. One thing that hasn’t been replaced is the need for administrators to have control and visibility of service delivery to end-users.
Whether you’re using IBM applications, Microsoft on-premise servers, or Microsoft Office 365, as the messaging administrator you need to provide availability and performance metrics of the service delivered to your management. You also need to understand issues when they arise.
Administrators know that if you don’t show your users how to get value out of Office 365, they won’t take full advantage of it, and your organization won’t truly reap the benefits of your investment. A main issue with Office 365 is that admins have struggled to get comprehensive, actionable information. That’s made it difficult for admins to measure Office 365 service adoption, and even more difficult for them to share that information outside of their teams due to limited sharing functionalities.
An unorganized, cluttered Azure Active Directory should be an Office 365 administrator’s worst nightmare. For one, an AD that isn’t up-to-date can create security risks. If you have unused accounts that should no longer be in Active Directory, it can make your organization more vulnerable to threats. Verification becomes nearly impossible, which leads to security issues that could impact the entire organization. Making sure to delete, disable, or move unused accounts can help keep your Azure AD organized, preventing security threats and making your Office 365 environment more manageable.
Microsoft Office 365 released a new reporting portal earlier this year, with some improvements and advanced capabilities over its previous version. But for IT administrators who want custom usage reports, and more effective cost management insights, GSX 365 Usage remains crucial tool. Today we will explore more about the filtering capability, which is limited in the native Microsoft Admin Center.
You need information and key data about your Office 365 environment. Perhaps you’re looking to calculate ROI, or understand end-user adoption trends. A common approach we hear is “why don’t I just use PowerShell to extract this data?” The reality is that using PowerShell to retrieve data from your Office 365 environment is a tedious and inefficient process, and results in data that is incomplete and not very useful.
If you’ve ever managed an enterprise sales team, you know the challenges that come along with it. You’re required to set quotas and monitor progress towards both short and long-term sales goals, which becomes more challenging when your team works remotely. Sales directors are beginning to rely more on IT departments to help monitor usage and keep their remote teams accountable.
If you began working in IT before cloud computing started going mainstream, you’re probably accustomed to some outdated reporting processes. With older versions of Microsoft Office, it was easy to access reports from traditional data sources like event logs or desktop tools. With Office 365, reporting tools are much different. Once an organization adopts Office 365, it essentially becomes its IT infrastructure, storing its activity, growth, and operational metrics inside. That leads to a huge amount of data - the type of data that fuels business decisions impacting organizational goals and long-term plans.
If your organization has made the move to Office 365, then you’re already well aware of the numerous benefits afforded by the cloud, including flexibility, scalability, and reliability — not to mention significant cost savings. However, just because you’ve survived the migration process doesn’t mean your organization will automatically reap the maximum benefits. You should be concerned with making all and any necessary adjustments to ensure that your resources are being optimized, and overall run-and-maintain costs are truly being reduced.
If you’ve worked in IT anytime during the past five years, you’ve probably considered moving your IT applications to the cloud, or have already done so. Whether it’s pressure from the C-level to reduce costs, the increasing complexity of managing virtualized environments, or demand from end-users to be able to access applications anywhere, the transition to the cloud is happening.