The Right Way to Move to Office 365 for Voice

The role of Skype for Business is fast evolving as more businesses realise the benefits of using the platform as their unified communications solution. Market research indicates almost 40% of Skype for Business customers are now using the platform for voice because of its unique features and capabilities.

If you’re looking to make the most of the way your organisation uses Skype for Business and include the whole Office 365 package in the process you should pay attention to the nine factors in this three-part post for seamless integration.

Complete a network assessment

Before you move to office 365 it’s important that you assess your network. Using Office 365 may increase the usage of your organisation’s internet circuit. It’s important to determine if the amount of bandwidth currently available is enough to handle the estimated increase once Office 365 is fully deployed while leaving at least 20% capacity to handle the busiest of days.

Understand and evaluate the capabilities

Make sure you know exactly what is available to you as an Office 365 user, and that you are making full use of the features relevant to your businesses to get the most out of your move to Office 365.

Don’t migrate all your users over before testing it

Testing is essential when you adopt a new programme or system into your business to ensure that everything is working as it should be and that you don’t discover a potential issue at a critical moment.  The last thing you need is to face downtime because you have encountered a problem after migrating everyone.

Don’t miss part two of our post where we look at three more factors to encourage your company’s seamless integration to Office 365.

Office 365 features all the popular desktop applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint plus a host of new web-enabled communication and collaboration tools such as Skype for Business, Yammer and OneDrive. You can access Office 365 anytime, anywhere on any device.

Choose the right partner to help you operate, plan, and deliver

Your move to Office 365 should be filled with optimisation and the promise of something better for your business operations not fraught with problems so make sure you work with a partner who not only knows what they are doing but understands the possibilities of Office 365 for your business.

Don’t implement Office 365 on your own

We’ve spoken about the importance of selecting the right professional partner to help you on this journey but if you still think you can go it alone, we advise you that you shouldn’t. Your area of expertise is not moving to Office 365 (it’s ours), so you need a competent partner if you want to make this a success.

Take advantage of Microsoft’s adoption tools

Microsoft has helped thousands of customers with varying degrees of IT complexity on board to Office 365 through the FastTrack. FastTrack includes resources, tools, and experts to make your rollout of Office 365 a success. A successful Office 365 rollout focuses on driving adoption and helping everyone understand the benefits of working in a new way.

Don’t select a group of sample users who are not critical

If your group of sample users is made up of people who are not decision-makers or whose roles are not so mission-critical you could be setting yourself up for disaster. You need to know that everything is operating optimally, especially for those critical people in your organisation.

Ensure your pilot implementation includes devices for all types of workers and environments

Following on from the last point ensure that your pilot implementation caters to all the workers and environments within your organisation because you don’t want any unexpected downtime at critical times in the business.

Don’t miss part three of our post where we look at three more factors to encourage your company’s seamless integration with Office 365.

Office 365 features all the popular desktop applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint plus a host of new web-enabled communication and collaboration tools such as Skype for Business, Yammer and OneDrive. You can access Office 365 anytime, anywhere on any device.

Let Strategix be your guide

If you want to collaborate faster, easier and together you need to transform your organisation with Office 365. By working with a partner like us you’ll see how smoothly you can move to Office 365. We can help all your end users get the most out of all the applications within it.

Office 365 features all the popular desktop applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint plus a host of new web enabled communication and collaboration tools such as Skype for Business, Yammer and OneDrive. You can access Office 365 anytime, anywhere on any device.