Use Case #1 for Multiple Tenants of Office 365: Mergers and AcquisitionsDecember 3, 2018
As we mentioned in an earlier post, there are 5 common reasons why you might need to run more than one tenant of Office 365 in your organization or integrate multiple tenants across corporate boundaries. In this post, we do a deep dive on the most common use case, which is when you need to integrate and consolidate tenants during mergers and acquisitions (M&As).
The scenario: Enable users of merging organizations to collaborate on ‘Day One’
This is the scenario that our clients face often. For example, a large company has just acquired two smaller ones. They’re going to rebrand all three companies under a brand-new, shared name. And they need to start working together as a single team on ‘Day One’ of the merger. Which means they need to be able to send each other emails, chats, and meeting invites.
The good news—all three companies have previously made the leap to the cloud and are already on Office 365. So that should make it easier to merge their messaging, right? Well, it’s a great start. But there are some gotchas to be aware of.
The challenges: Unifying your brand, email, and people
It would be super convenient if you could ‘assimilate’ new tenants of Office 365 as quickly as the Borg can assimilate alien races in Star Trek. (Minus all the mindless automaton side effects.) Unfortunately, it’s not that easy in real life. The steps to integrate and migrate users and data across tenants can be a bit tedious and tricky.
So, there’s a good chance that for a while—usually weeks or months—you’ll need your tenants of Office 365 to play well together, or ‘coexist.’ But even this task is easier said than done. As we talked about in an earlier post, there are some unique challenges that come with trying to merge tenants of Office 365.
Out of the box, Office 365 doesn’t give you an easy way for tenants to share an email domain, share directories, or see free/busy information in calendar. Which means that your users in different tenants won’t be able to:
- Share the same email address
- Look up new colleagues in a shared directory to send emails and invites
- See calendar availability to find a good time for a meeting
So, if you want your merger to go smoothly, you’ll need to look for a solution that’s outside the box. That’s where we come in.
The solution: Power365®
Our Power365 is the first tool that lets you easily coexist and migrate between tenants of Office 365. It solves all of these challenges—and more. In a nutshell, it helps you share an email domain, directories, and free/busy calendar information. All while keeping employees on separate tenants for as long as you need. Plus, it automates the tedious steps involved in migrating mailboxes and public folders between tenants.
Download the brochure (PDF).