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If you have made the decision to embrace the cloud and move to Microsoft 365, it is likely that you will require a migration. Years – and perhaps decades – of data stored in network drives, old versions of SharePoint, Google Drives and even people’s desktops can feel overwhelming to even consider uploading to a new digital home. Microsoft is actively working to help businesses to transition to Modern Work; in the new age of flexible working, employees can be productive from anywhere on any device – and not just in the office.

Migrations are advisable for several reasons. Firstly, having all your data in one place rather than scattered over numerous locations means that it is far simpler to find files. Secondly, you will significantly reduce your risk of losing data should the unthinkable happen – for instance, a network drive failing, a ransomware attack, or a third-party application from an unproven supplier suddenly going down. Thirdly, the redundancy built into Microsoft’s products means that your data is not just backed up, but each change you make to your Office files is also logged – and you can return to any early version as and when needed.

Additionally, as you reduce the amount of architectural overhead you are running, the more money you save. Decommissioning servers being used for storage and cancelling licences for backup services are just two ways in which migration can prove to be a cost-effective exercise.

OfficeLabs have helped dozens of companies do just that. With our expert knowledge and experience of tools such as Sharegate, planning a data migration becomes far easier. We can perform an audit of your existing inventory and advise on any data cleansing required. We can set up your SharePoint environment ready to receive your data. The migration process can even include automatically applying retention labels to files – taking away the headache of knowing when to destroy data that is no longer needed. These are just a few of the steps that OfficeLabs can put in place as part of a consistent, thorough migration process.

OfficeLabs Client Success Story

An accountancy firm was reliant on individuals storing their data both locally and on network drives, which meant that the organisation was often reliant on employees being available to provide access to their files. OfficeLabs helped them implement SharePoint which not only allowed them to centrally locate all their files, but they were able to communicate better via Microsoft Teams and take their costly network drives offline – saving them thousands each year.

OfficeLabs can help kickstart your migration to the Cloud and will support your journey every step of the way. If you want to discuss the best way to move your data to Microsoft 365, give us a call on 01392 240365 or fill in the Contact Us form below, and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

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