This Technical Transition Guide for Business, Education, and Government discusses the steps required to migrate the components of your existing legacy system (mobile devices, calendar data, mail, user accounts).
The guide will also discuss the appropriate level of effort needed – low, moderate, or high – to accomplish each step. The guide will then provide the links to the definitive documentation resources for each step. The goal is for you to know what to do when the times comes for the next step to be performed efficiently and correctly.
If you believed the personal load and cost of a transition would be too heavy, the Google Apps Technical Transition Guide for Business, Education, and Government will take what appears to be a complicated process and break it down to easy steps in three phases. Have no fear… the time to transition is here.
Transitioning from one system to another can be daunting on the IT team, the accounting department, and the managers and employees who face that transition after having learned another system for years.
While a major transition is not something companies look forward to in practicality, the results can be overwhelmingly positive. In the best situations, there is a plan in place that makes the transition as seamless and painless as possible for all. It should have a natural flow and it should not cause stoppages in productivity unless specific training is required.
What even the IT professional with an immense amount of knowledge and experience is looking for is a clear, concise, informative, easy-to-follow path to implementation.
Google has provided the Google Apps Technical Transition Guide for Business, Education, and Government to assist companies in their transition from another messaging platform such as Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps for Work.
Absolutely! Google Apps partners have been trained in and have experience across the entire Google Apps for Work lineup. Aligning with a Google Apps partner can ensure your transition is efficient, smooth, and timely. Working with an experienced partner can be especially valuable if your current legacy system includes complex configurations not accounted for in the transition guide.
Each task of a Google Apps transition will be classified in association with one of three categories: technical configuration, project management, and change management. Google suggests assigning one individual as project leader for each of the three categories.
When embarking on an important large-scale project, preparation for that project is often a key factor in the project’s success. Before you begin the transition and while you are planning, there are a couple of things you can do that will make your transition easier and more effective.
According to Google, the guide is most applicable to companies with greater than 50 employees. If your organization has less than 50 employees, Google suggests reading the Small Business resources, which can be found in the GAFW Deployment Resource Center. In a smaller (less than 50 employees) business situation, your IT professionals may even be able to make the transition solely by using the Google Apps setup wizard.
Do not let the transition overwhelm you. Trust the guide and trust your Google Apps partner professionals who have successfully navigated many businesses, schools, and organizations through many transitions. You are making this transition for the betterment of your team and their productivity. Truth your instincts, set a schedule, and make the transition that will change the culture of your company.