The tool also shows if there are accounts, on either the email server or Office 365, that it can't match to an account on the other system, or accounts the admin account doesn't have permissions to access. "It's a little time saver on the front end that can save you hours on the back end trying to find out why one user isn't being migrated," he explained.
SkyKick's Server Sync stages the data that's being migrated to Office 365 and keep it in sync with the existing email system until the migration is complete; so you can migrate the data in advance and make the change to using Office 365 at a convenient time. "Everything just stays in sync. If an end user switches their mailbox around, puts messages in folders and marks tasks as complete, our system will catch all that and it will be up to date when they migrate across."
Partners can keep an eye on progress and schedule the final migration through the SkyKick interface, which Schwartz says reduces both the time taken and the risk of migration. "There are lot of steps that traditionally a partner has to do during the data migration phase; we've reduced those steps and that effort to ensure high quality migrations."
That's important for user satisfaction with Office 365, he believes. "For Microsoft to move hundreds of millions of users to the cloud, automation is going to do a lot of the heavy lifting for the migration."
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