March 20, 2018

Migration

IT migrations are almost always stressful. You worry about disruptions to your business, lost data, frustrated employees. So why do it? Putting everything in one place increases productivity and interoperability while reducing administration, complexity, security issues (risk!) and support challenges.

With the right partner and careful planning, even the most complex migration can be simplified.
Wellington Street Consulting has migrated more than 50,000 seats to Office 365, while also streamlining business processes and increase security standards. And we’ve done that in compliance-sensitive environments, where HIPAA and PCI standards had to be maintained throughout the process.

A carefully thought-out migration — even something extreme, like moving from desktops to a cloud-based network — can be done seamlessly, with little or no downtime and relatively little disruption. WSC “came in and not only migrated our email and upgraded our technology but … also watched us at work and strategically suggested changes and improvements to how we work. Without a major disruption to the business. Incredible!” says Bobbie Carlton of Carlton PR and Marketing.

WSC starts with an in-depth discovery process. We’ll focus on why you’re migrating, and what you hope to achieve from the process. That way we can design a process and a resulting system that ensures your system can deliver — and we’ll tell you up front what it can’t do. Planning and preparation are critical. For example: How many third-party systems integrate to your current systems? What needs to be done to ensure that they’ll still work, without a loss of functionality or data, one the migration is complete? Those concerns should be addressed before you migrate, not when it’s too late.

Finally, there’s testing. Once the migration is structures, WSC will run a pilot program to test all elements of the migration before rolling it out to the entire company. That ensures a minimum of downtime and headaches are encountered when the new system goes live.

When the migration is complete, WSC will take one more pass, with a questionnaire and round of interviews designed to identify flaws in the systems and issues that need to be addressed to ensure that your migration is completed smoothly and functioning properly and efficiently.

A Seamless Two-Stage Migration

CPRM is a true 21st century company: lots of specialists on contract, lots of small clients. That meant files in dozens of formats stored in dozens of places — a nightmare when it was time to collaborate and share. WSC consolidated CPRM’s client files in one cloud-based SharePoint site, then architected a Microsoft Teams environment so client teams can collaborate on a variety of project files and media, no matter the source or ultimate destination. READ MORE HERE