Migrating to Microsoft Office 365

A real estate firm in Windward Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii was considering migrating to Microsoft Office 365. The firm contacted High Performance Systems, Inc. to provide a cost analysis and assessment of their on-premises Microsoft Windows network servers providing for shared files, printing, remote access, and Exchange email.  The servers, although were on-premises,  were owned by the local IT vendor.  For several thousand a month, the real estate firm were paying a monthly fee for the use of the servers and network services.

Because the systems were not being expertly managed by certified Microsoft staff, the systems were "skipping a beat" periodically and there were no road maps of getting the latest version of the server operating system or Exchange email server.

HPSi determined that the costs could be significantly decreased by subscribing to Microsoft Office 365 E1 and E3 plans.  Using One Drive for Business, each user would have 1 terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) to store their files, with anytime, and anywhere access.  SharePoint online, included with Office 365 would provide a method of sharing corporate related files.  And with Exchange Online, the users would have a modern email server that allows each user to share their calendars and tasks.  As an added bonus, their mobile devices such as Apple iPhones, iPads, and Samsung/HTC Android mobile devices would be able to connect to the email server and the problems of POP3 and IMAP email being accidentally deleted or out-of-sync would be a well forgotten nightmare.

In roughly one month, email mailboxes had been migrated, personal/private files and corporate shared files were moved to Microsoft Office 365.  Train-the-trainer had been selected by the firm and HPSi trainers were on-hand to provide for question and answers at the end of each user session.

After the first year, HPSi was able to help the real estate firm save tens of thousands of dollars, reduced their electricity bills, and significantly improved user productivity.

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