5 Reasons to Use Microsoft's FastTrack Free SharePoint Migration Service
If you didn't know, Microsoft has had a FastTrack team since 2013 when Office 365 came into existence. This team has grown from being dedicated to deployment guidance and readiness, to hands-on remote deployment assistance in 2014, increasing customer satisfaction by 64% and reducing the onboarding time into Office 365 by 33%. The services typically covered the Exchange, OneDrive for Business and Skype deployment migrations, but as of September 2016 FastTrack has a limited time offer to provide SharePoint 2013 to Office 365.
With this new opportunity let's take a quick look at the top 5 reasons we believe you should take advantage of the FastTrack SharePoint Migration Service:
- How else do you get to Office 365?
The fact is there are only two ways to get to Office 365: manually migrate your content or use automated tools. For this argument, let's consider the FastTrack service as a tool that any organization with 150 Office 365 licenses and is moving from SharePoint 2013 Foundation or Server can take advantage of. Whether you work directly with FastTrack or you hire a consultant to integrate FastTrack as a part of your overall migration project plan, this service is designed to move documents, permissions and metadata to the cloud.
- Flexibility to integrate into any plan.
FastTrack scheduling was designed to be predictable and consistent. You or your consultant are the project management team, and you can organize your FastTrack migrations to fit into your other project activities. Many organizations are building Hybrid Environments or remediating customized applications after they've purchased their Office 365 licenses. In addition, there are some complex pieces of SharePoint that the service does not currently support, and you or your consultant will build additional tools into the migration mix.
- More than just SharePoint to SharePoint.
This new service exists alongside the existing capabilities of migrating from file shares and box into SharePoint and/or OneDrive for business. Take advantage of the scheduling and move all of your end users content into Office 365 at one time. This will maximize their experience using search, in Delve, and certainly the mobility of their content through both OneDrive synchronization and mobile apps.
- No end-user interruptions
If there's one thing that will disrupt adoption by end-users is a IT telling them that a migration will interrupt their daily activities. FastTrack has built a two pass methodology to follow best practices and have zero downtime. First pass, at any time, FastTrack will follow your directions and migrate your documents into Office 365. Then, when you're organization is ready to fully move into Office 365 FastTrack will run an incremental migration to make sure all content is available that was changed and added between the first and second pass.
- It's FREE!
With your purchase of 150 or more licenses these Services are free. Here's an overview slide that Microsoft created to understand the SharePoint Migration capabilities. To learn more go to FastTrack Offer Overview or Migration Offer FAQ.
If you'd like to hear more you can view a webinar that discussed this very topic.
Adam is a Group Program Manager of Secure Collaboration at Exostar and a Microsoft MVP advocating for collaboration by connecting business needs with the right technology. Prior to Exostar, Adam was a Product Manager for Migration at a market leading ISV and a Practice Lead for Office 365 in a cutting-edge Microsoft Consulting firm. Over the last decade Adam has been responsible for moving customers to the cloud, designing and implementing information architecture (SharePoint Farm and content) and increasing user adoption. Adam is an ongoing member of the SharePoint Saturday DC coordinating committee and active speaker at many national events.