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Assessing Client Readiness When Making the Transition to Microsoft Office 365

By: Beth Ingebretson

With recent advancements in cloud technology and stability, many organizations are strongly considering migrating key applications and workloads, such as Microsoft Exchange, off-premise. Doing so offers many benefits; by migrating to the cloud, organizations are offered added features, the latest version of software, exclusive services such as email security and archiving, and enhanced agility in the deployment of modifications or updates. But how can you gauge client readiness?

While staying on the cutting edge of technology and hardware is a goal of many organizations, doing so can be costly and time consuming. Reviewing your organization’s specific hardware capabilities is key to minimizing the costs and duration of the migration process. When gauging client readiness, consider the state of your organization’s:


Outdated hardware systems my have trouble managing the demands of an Office 365 instance. Any hardware that doesn’t meet the operating requirements of the applications should be phased out of service.


The process of migrating to the cloud, and maintaining ongoing cloud operations, requires a surprising amount of network bandwidth. If you fail to plan for the strain placed on your network, your organization is likely to encounter outages or slowdowns that impact efficiency.


Your organization’s servers will play a large role in the migration and ongoing support of Office 365. Implementing an Active Directory Synchronization server and ensuring that your system is up to the task of managing user profiles and security is key to a successful migration.

For more information on migrating to the cloud, visit our Silver Lining Services page.

By: Beth Ingebretson

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