HEADQUARTERS
New York
OVERVIEW

The Rainforest Alliance is a growing network of people who are inspired and committed to working together to achieve the mission of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Through creative, pragmatic collaboration, the non-profit organization aims to rebalance the planet by building strong forests and healthy communities around the world.  With more than 30 years of experience under its belt, the Rainforest Alliance is working to ensure people and the planet prosper together.

Industry
Non Profit

Metalogix Products
Metalogix Essentials for Office 365

Challenges/Requirements

  • Migrate all organizational content distributed across various on-and-off premises environments and devices into Microsoft Office 365
  • Adhere to budgetary requirements
  • Simplify ongoing management
  • Enable secure, centralized data management, access and sharing
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Metalogix Helps Rainforest Alliance Rebalance the Planet and Build Sustainability
Non-Profit Cleans-up Content Collaboration Environment and Ensures Smooth Migration to Microsoft Office 365 with Metalogix Essentials
THE CHALLENGE

In its quest to rebalance the planet through building sustainability, the Rainforest Alliance has employed a talented, multilingual and diverse staff of full time employees and contractors. These workers engage hand-in-hand around the world with farmers, foresters, businesses, researchers, civic organizations and governments to meet the shared mission of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. The data and files used to support this global collaboration need to be reliably managed, secured and protected to ensure compliant data access.

“To support our goal of increased, yet secure collaboration we recently moved all of the files across our entire IT environment – on-premises and in the field, to Microsoft Office 365,” said Eugene Kogan, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Rainforest Alliance. “Rather than keep it in multiple unknown sources and devices, Office 365 enables us to ensure that data is centralized, manageable and secure.”

The Rainforest Alliance investigated multiple options to support this large data migration project. After receiving several bids and a couple of false starts, the Rainforest Alliance opted to try Metalogix Essentials for Office 365.

Eugene Kogan
Chief Technology Officer, Rainforest Alliance

Metalogix allowed us to save considerable time during our Office 365 migration… It delivered a truly smooth migration process to support our strategic company goal to have our data in a secure, manageable location.

THE SOLUTION

Upon implementing Metalogix Essentials, the Rainforest Alliance found the efficiency and simplified migration it desired. Essentials’ pre-migration analysis, architecture visualization, reorganization and remediation tools gave the team insight into how to optimize their content before the migration. During its migration, Essentials allowed the non-profit to move content from multiple sources to its Office 365 target fast and roadblock-free.

“Metalogix Essentials ensured a fast and pain-free migration initiative,” said Kogan. “The product produced file transfer speeds that were three to four times faster than we had previously experienced, and eliminated many of the limitation challenges we were facing. It delivered a truly smooth migration process to support our strategic company goal to have our data in a more secure, manageable location.”

As a complete solution for the ongoing management and security of Office 365, Essentials showed additional value after the migration. For the Rainforest Alliance it helped to improve end user adoption and simplified day-to-day administrative tasks such as on/off-boarding users and their licenses.

THE RESULTS

Now, with the help of Metalogix Essentials, the Rainforest Alliance retains all of its organizational data within Office 365 and benefits from a centralized, secure environment for all of its staff. The non-profit continues to use the Metalogix solution to support ongoing archiving and OneDrive for Business use. As new users and consultants engage with the organization, their data can be easily and securely integrated into the centralized system, no matter what environment it originated from.

“As we continue to expand, we have confidence that we have a proven and secure solution to integrate new data into our Office 365 environment with ease,” said Kogan. “We learned that it’s not always wise to go with the cheapest tool. Cheaper is not better, you need to find the right balance. With Metalogix we found the balance we required while getting the speed, security, confidence and customer support we needed.”

SUCCESS HIGHLIGHTS
  • Quickly migrated all organizational content to Microsoft Office 365 – at file transfer speeds three-to-four times faster than competitive solution
  • Pre-migration analysis, architecture visualization, reorganization and remediation made the migration project fast and roadblock-free
  • All new content can now be seamlessly migrated to its Office 365 environment
  • Ensured content is centralized, manageable and secure