Over the past few years, we have seen our fair share of failed and dangerously inefficient enterprise attempts to keep Windows 10 and Office 365 servicing up-to-date. Often, the organization took longer than anticipated to run through the first initial migration, skipped an update to come up for air, just to drown under the workload of the feature update roll out, for which it had vastly underestimated the risk and work effort. Ever worse, these updates are often managed manually, with antiquated and inadequate project management practices!
May 14, 2018 8:06:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Apr 9, 2018 1:52:49 PM / by Barry Angell
If you recently tried to find anything on Microsoft Office — for example on the enterprise section of Office.com — you might have noticed that there isn't much mention of Microsoft's on-premise productivity application suite anymore.
The vast majority of Microsoft's marketing communication and sales conversation is about Office 365! This is not an oversight or a temporary marketing campaign — but rather a strategic push to move enterprise customers away from the perpetually licensed Office fat client and onto the subscription-based, always up-to-date Office 365. Moreover, now that Office 2019 is about to be released, many enterprises are asking themselves: "Should we consider Office 2019, or is it not the right time to switch to Office 365 ProPlus?"
Mar 5, 2018 7:07:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Rolling out Office 365 can be very exciting considering the value it will add to your organization in terms of unified communication, collaboration, and business processes! But it can be equally terrifying if you think about all the dependencies of users, mailboxes, delegates, mail archives, public folders, groups, instant messaging, ... the list goes on and on.
After the initial migration is completed, Microsoft will release two larger Office client feature updates and monthly security updates to increase productivity for your end users and tighten security. However, just like Windows as a Service, these larger feature updates will need to be rolled out effectively as they can also be considered a mini-migration.
Nov 20, 2017 7:03:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Last week, we spoke about how to negotiate a successful Windows 10 or Office 365 migration deal with a service integrator. But what happens once the contracts are signed? Should you sit back and let them take the reigns completely or is there something you can do to ensure the success of this project?
Some enterprises assume that because they just hired an expert organization to take this project off their hands, they can simply drop the ball and let the integrator pick it up and run with it. But while your outsourcer brings a tremendous value to the table, it is completely unrealistic to expect that they will do the best job possible without associated input from your side.
Nov 14, 2017 7:30:00 AM / by Barry Angell
On January 14th, 2020, the extended support for Windows 7 ends, which means that enterprises have about 26 months to fully roll out Windows 10. Similarly, Microsoft expects that at least two-thirds of its Office business customers will move to Office 365 by fiscal year 2019. Since a migration project of that size will take, on average, more than 124 man weeks to complete, it is about high time to get serious about upgrading!
According to our own research, only 44% of organizations are set on managing this IT Transformation internally; 28% are about to issue a Request-for-Proposal, 14% have not decided yet, and 14% have already engaged with a service integrator to outsource this massive project.
Nov 8, 2017 12:41:14 PM / by Barry Angell
On April 20th, 2017, Microsoft announced that it will make big changes regarding Office 365 ProPlus. The first part of the announcement detailed new system requirements, such as the need for all Office 365 ProPlus and Office perpetual in mainstream support to be connected to Office 365 services by 2020. However, the second part of the announcement created a much bigger stir among IT professionals: Microsoft has aligned the Windows 10 release schedules and support lifecycles with those of Office 365 ProPlus because customers have "asked us to simplify the update process and to improve the coordination between Office and Windows."
In February of 2018, Microsoft also announced clarifications to the Office and Windows servicing position. The first is for users running ProPlus in a Windows 10 environment, ProPlus will not be supported on Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel versions that are no longer being serviced. The second clarification, effective January 14, 2020 ProPlus will not be supported on the following versions of Windows: Windows 8.1 and older, Windows Server 2016 and older, and any Windows 10 LTSC release.
Even though your organization most likely has a subscription to Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E5, you should be familiar with the recently announced ProPlus update model. E3 and E5 include the on-premise version of the Microsoft Office Suite with the regular 10-year support agreement. However, Microsoft is making continuous updates to its Office suite — putting enterprises more and more behind the eight-ball. Since this elongated lifecycle won't be a sustainable support strategy going forward, especially for those using a combination of local installs and browser-based use, we believe these updates will eventually be carried through to other O365 versions. Therefore, you should start preparing now for what is sure to come in the next few years.
Dec 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Barry Angell
If you are in the process of purchasing — or you have just purchased — an Office 365 subscription for your enterprise organization, you are probably already fretting about how you will handle this massive migration to the new platform!
As you have probably heard from your Microsoft representative or reselling partner of choice, Microsoft offers free migration assistance called FastTrack for all eligible subscriptions over 50 seats. FastTrack offers best practice guidance, tools and, for larger clients, even remote migration assistance to get you onto the Office 365 subscription in the fastest possible timeframe.
As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Juriba has worked side-by-side with the FastTrack team to migrate more than 100,000 mailboxes. But Office 365 customers are often confused about how to tackle the next planning steps once the ink on the contract has dried.
Nov 28, 2016 2:36:03 PM / by Barry Angell
There is no question that Office 365 is taking the productivity world by storm.
According to a new study by Bitglass that scanned the cloud environment of more than 120,000 companies, 59% of organizations are using either Google Apps for Business or Microsoft's Office 365. Microsoft's cloud productivity suite is clearly leading the pack and not only continues to gain market share every day but is expected to gain even faster traction as Microsoft just announced Office 365 Teams — coined the "Slack Killer" — to fend off the third largest cloud-based enterprise productivity solution.
For 2017, Microsoft has big plans. The software giant just announced their Q1/2017 quarterly results. They also revealed that their annualized revenue run rate for commercial cloud products is slated to exceed $13 billion! And Microsoft isn't done yet. The company's goal is to reach the $18 billion milestone by the end of June 2018.
While Azure is growing a lot faster than Office 365, the productivity suite is an important part of Microsoft's cloud offering. At its Ignite conference, Microsoft announced that the product is now utilized by “over 85 million” active users. That is 15 million more active users since April and equates to a year-over-year growth of 40%. At that rate, this number will exceed the 100 million mark in early 2017!
Oct 4, 2016 8:35:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Jun 20, 2016 1:36:10 PM / by Barry Angell
If you are about to embark on or just started on an Office 365 migration, you are in good company.
According to Okta, a cloud-based service that tracks organizational logins across multiple different cloud-based technologies, Office 365 was by far the most popular business application, followed by Salesforce, Box, and Google Apps for Business. Moreover, while transitioning to Office 365 is the right move for many enterprises, the migration process can be littered with a variety of stumbling blocks, which we discussed in an earlier blog post.