Platform Modernization is a Journey, Not Merely a Destination

Choosing the right “guide” is critical for seamless user interoperability

I hate to break the bad news, but platform modernization is not a “once and done” effort. With any platform commitment, such as with Microsoft, there’s a continuum of improvements—you’re always updating something. AtBinary Tree, we believe migration is a transformative process. Consider why you wanted to modernize in the first place: it wasn’t just to save money or demonstrate brand loyalty to Microsoft. You made a conscious commitment to improve productivity and deliver seamless user interoperability. So, given the size and importance of your investment, you want to—no, need to—make sure you choose your migration partners wisely.

There are two opposing schools of thought on the best approach—a one-stop-shop versus best-in-class specialist. As CTO at Binary Tree, I’m responsible for developing all messaging and migration products, and overseeing their implementation. With over 20 years of experience in the messaging industry, an intimate knowledge of Lotus Notes, Domino, Exchange, and virtually every other messaging system and protocol ever created, I have a broad perspective—and strong opinion—regarding best practices for migration success.

Protect your investment with a superior solution. Our enterprise clients tell us that, more than anything, they want a superior solution: one that delivers the best possible user experience, transitions them seamlessly, without workflow disruptions, and with minimal reliance on the enterprise itself.

A superior solution means best-in-class technology, delivered via a best-in-class methodology, by a best-in-class advisor.

A one-stop shop can’t possibly deliver on all these, no matter how attractive or convenient that may initially sound. Even when considering cost, “TCO” should drive your decision to select a provider who will get it right the first time—and without any major glitches.

To help those of you considering migrating to the cloud—especially now that Microsoft Wave 15 supports on-premise public folder migration—my next blog post will take you through a 4-step best practices approach for a successful transition. In addition, Binary Tree’s new release (3.4) of E2E Complete now features a long-awaited resolution for enterprise clients looking to migrate their on-premise public folders to Microsoft Office 365, as well as an enhanced migration process that enables preparation, transition, and activation.

Bottom Line: At Binary Tree, we continually strive to be the best migration resource available. We base this on 20 years of experience, focus, and commitment to a best-in-class solution consisting of technology, methodology and trusted advice. Watch for my future blogs, which will explore a variety of migration issues, best practices, and industry trends.