As someone who is charged with staying ahead of current trends and happenings within our market, I was extremely interested reading a recent white paper by Osterman Research, one of the research firms that has continued to highlight messaging best practices, entitled “Migration to Exchange Online and Office 365: A Step-by-Step Guide”. Not only is the white paper a useful tool for anyone considering migration to Office 365, it delivers handy scenarios and an extremely useful framework that any enterprise customer can utilize when migrating their content and email data to the Microsoft Cloud.
The research conducted by Michael Osterman and his team of gurus suggests that 64% of the companies that will deploy Office 365 by 2017 will require, “the migration of content from existing email archives”. While that figure is not surprising at all to a company like us that sees the migration to and from these costly sources day in and day out, what it does not reflect is the sheer degree of variation and magnitude of data considerations faced by the 64% - such as varied sources of data, mixed ways in which each organisation uses and stores emails, and most importantly, the many ways in which each organisation needs to be able to use the data they retain in the future. Some will genuinely seek to use it as a source of business intelligence. However, in most cases, it’s retained almost exclusively as a means by which to adhere to regulatory compliance and “…avoid negative legal repercussions”.