My last article talked about the benefits of heading to the cloud. The cloud is not for everyone. Prospects frequently ask us why they should avoid the cloud – or delay their cloud purchase. Here are some thoughts on when Office 365 migrations may not be a fit.
· Control – you wouldn’t have control of the environment- it would be configurable, but not customizable.
· Integration with other systems in the environment – may need to add hybrid ability.
· 99.9% uptime is not 100%; some clients can achieve better performance in their own environment. Or at least want to be responsible themselves for trying.
· Loss of visibility – unsure of when issues will be resolved, limited ability to escalate outside of Microsoft’s predefined structure.
· Office upgrade- Microsoft will require the current version or one previous one for access to the platform which will require a regular investment in licensing.
· Loss of functionality – for example – mail enabled folders in SharePoint; Public Folders in Exchange are both not supported. Business intelligence features of SharePoint are more robust for the on premise version.
· Dealing with Level I support in a foreign country – it is horrible.
Matt Scherocman brings more than 15 years of experience in the information technology industry to Interlink Cloud Advisors. His experience includes both the system integrator and manufacturer sides of the business. During his time at the Microsoft Corporation he was responsible for all the the Large Account Reseller (LAR) relationships in the four state Heartland Area of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Prior to Microsoft, Scherocman led a Cincinnati based IT consulting company to grow 5000% and become a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year. He is actively involved in the strategic vision and operation decisions of the company including finance, selling strategy and marketing. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University and is a Certified Expert in Microsoft licensing including speaking engagements at both Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference and Channel Partner Summit. He is a frequent contributor to leading industry publications.
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