24 May 2018

Top 5 considerations to think about before migrating to Office 365

For small and medium sized businesses, Office 365 is a game changer with its wide range of applications and well established, versatile options to suit any business’s needs. As friendly as Office 365 may be for users, there are a few factors that should be considered before making the jump to reduce the risk of time, effort and money being wasted. To help with your decision, we’ve put together our top 5 considerations to think about before migrating to Office 365.

 

Identity

With mailboxes moving to the cloud, access to these mailboxes for on premise users needs to be considered. There are various ways to do this with separate passwords, password synch and ADFS. ADFS is recommended for a fully featured single sign on experience. With this comes the need for ADFS infrastructure.

 

Email clients

It is best practice for Email clients such as Outlook to have the latest updates installed, to maintain Office 365 hybrid functionality.

 

Shared calendars:

In a hybrid environment, shared calendars across premises (O365 <-> On Prem Exchange) can only have read permissions and not write permissions. Therefore it is best practice to migrate teams who share calendars at the same time.

 

Backups:

Although Office 365 is designed in a high availability manner, data is not backed up; meaning deleted user data is not recoverable. It’s worth considering looking into 3rd party backup solutions or using Office 365 litigation hold to retain all data.

 

Active Directory UPN:

Ensure the AD UPN matches the primary O365 SMTP address to ensure a seamless logon when it comes to Single Sign On. If they don’t match it’s worth considering changing the UPN name.

 

If you’d like to know more about how Venture 1 could help your business, or would like to ask us any questions on any topic you feel we could help with, give us a call or send us an email today and we’d be more than happy to have a chat!

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30 Nov 2017

#ThursdayBlog | 5 reasons why your Business should be using SharePoint

Microsoft’s content management system SharePoint has been a leading application within the business world for over a decade. No matter what sector or industry you work in, SharePoint’s great ability to be able to adapt or change for any business is one of the great reasons every business should be considering SharePoint.

SharePoint’s main use when it was officially released to the public was as a content management system, but with its storage capabilities,  this also reduces the need to print or email documents within a business, saving time and money, as well as increasing productivity.

Security and Integrity is key to the way a business runs. One of Sharepoint’s greatest advantages is how secure it is. Whether it be protecting data from unauthorised accesss or company confidential data, Sharepoint enables you to help set up permisssions for your documents and applications and is one of the most secure intranet platforms available.

User engagement between colleagues can be improved with the help of Sharepoint. The intranet application can be used as a social platform for businesses to interact across an entire organisation. When working on projects with multiple people or even document sharing, Sharepoint acts as a hub to help keep all users in the same loop with updates and conversations to keep everything moving forward.

Different roles and permissions can be set out over an organisation within Sharepoint, which makes it so expansible throughout an organisation. For example, folders with documents such as employee handbooks can be made visible and readable to everyone, but with sales stats and analytics, you can make that a private folder so that only the sales team and management can see these.

Finally, SharePoint’s version history control enables users to see when files saved within Sharepoint were last used, changed or moved. Sharepoint automatically updates this which is very useful when working on a single document with a team of people.

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