Project Summary and Client Background
The Neill Corporation and The Salon People merged their companies. They decided to partner with Bit-Wizards to help successfully migrate their 900+ users to the cloud. They needed a centralized way to manage their e-mail across both companies and preferred to be able to use shared calendars company-wide.
One of the main challenges for Neill-TSP migration was that their 900+ email users were spread across four different email servers, across 19 domains. The email servers consisted of Exchange, CommuniGate, Hosted IMAP, & Hosted POP. Bit-Wizards and Neill-TSP decided to utilize the Microsoft FastTrack program to get their users migrated as fast as possible.
Office 365 Engineers at Bit-Wizards helped Neill-TSP choose between the different Office 365 models that would best fit the needs of their newly merged company. The best option for Neil-TSP considering time and financial commitment was the Cloud Identity model. The cloud identity model simplified the migration and kept the project on target for completion. During the process of mailbox organization and clean-up, Bit-Wizards was able to help Neill-TSP identify potential issues that ultimately led to a more efficient migration.
The easily identifiable result of this migration to the cloud is that the IT team at Neill-TSP now has a centralized place to manage all their mailboxes across the entire organization. Also since the migration, Neill-TSP users can easily communicate across the various business units. Unlike before the migration to Office 365, they can look up email addresses, see shared calendars and quickly use the Microsoft Lync tool to quickly create online meetings to facilitate training and efficient communication across the organization.
The Anti-spam functionality of Office 365 has filtered almost 70,000 messages for the company in just under two months. On top of the increase in efficiency, Neill-TSP was able to eliminate all costs associated with Rackspace, GoDaddy, CommuniGate, and Exchange 2007 for their email hosting needs.