Why We Felt Compelled to Participate in the Office 365 for Exchange Professionals eBook

By now, I hope that you’ve been able to attend one of our webinars, or perhaps you were lucky enough to join us at the book signing at IT/DEV Connections, featuring our participation in the popular eBook, Office 365 for Exchange Professionals. If not, you can read the story of how it all came together in Carl Baumann’s recent blog post. In this article, I’d like to cover why we felt we had something so compelling to add to what has become a Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 ‘must read.’

Binary Tree has been involved with Microsoft Office 365 for a very long time—building products, onboarding, and delivering services and guidance for companies that want to embrace Office 365 in its entirety, or as part of a hybrid deployment. Furthermore, through our commitment to Microsoft, Binary Tree itself has enhanced our staff with a number of experts who are MVPs and Microsoft Certified Masters. This is why we felt we had something relevant to contribute.

Office 365 for Exchange Professionals eBook
Binary Tree sponsored a reception at IT Dev Connections to celebrate the launch of the 2nd edition of Office 365 for Exchange Professionals

So, what exactly did we feel was so compelling? Well, we certainly didn’t want to regurgitate what the experts—Tony, Michael, Paul and Jeff—already wrote. We admit the book is already chock-full of valuable information. Anything we added had to be something unique that was not already covered in the book. We decided to focus on two areas: (1) Active Directory and its role in the Office 365 onboarding process and (2) Public Folder transition to Office 365 beyond the relatively simple tools offered by Microsoft.
 
To explain further, I’d like to bring you up to date with what we covered during our webinar with Justin Harris (one of our Exchange MVPs), Tony, and the team. When transitioning to Office 365, you have a choice: it can be a straightforward project with no special requirements, or you can look at it like any other messaging transformation, with an emphasis on uninterrupted productivity and a commitment to creating a positive experience for the organization. Here are the three key reasons why Active Directory is so important when moving to the cloud: (1) the dependence of the entire IT infrastructure on Active Directory; (2) the reliance of an organization on Active Directory, even after moving to the cloud – for security, authentication and application support; and (3) the obligation to ensure that the on-premises Active Directory is fully prepared for the Office 365 transition.
 
To address our second topic, I’d like to talk about the actual transition of user mailboxes and public folders to Office 365. While there are tools available from Microsoft to accomplish both, they usually do not address the requirements of an enterprise-level transition. If proper scheduling, monitoring, reporting, and communication are considered requirements of a transition project, then one needs to look beyond the simple and free tools available. This isn’t just a shameless plug for Binary Tree software – although our software certain fills the void – rather, it’s the intentional promotion of an enterprise transition process, based on best practices, which necessitates the use of more sophisticated migration solutions than those available as free tools. And at Binary Tree, we intensely believe in adhering to best practice methodologies that adequately prepare an enterprise environment for a seamless transformation, without interrupting user productivity and with as few problems as possible.
 
I hope I’ve piqued your interest in the book and Binary Tree’s contributions to it. You can purchase and download the ebook here. If you’re interested in joining Justin and our other Exchange MVP, Gary Steere, for an upcoming Office 365 webinar, click here. Please look for our future blog posts where we’ll reveal more of the technical content included in our chapters.