Archiving and compliance software companies Smarsh and Actiance merge in the Microsoft Office 365 cloud

“Binary Tree enabled us to quickly operate as one company and brand by merging our users, identities, and Office 365 tenants into a unified environment.”

—Anthony West, CTO, Smarsh


Two software companies were merged to form a new, stronger corporate entity with best-of-breed solutions for enterprise information archiving. To gain efficiencies from the merger and help the employees of the newly-combined organization collaborate smoothly, they needed to merge their Active Directory domains and Office 365 tenants.

A merger sparks the need for consolidation

Smarsh and Actiance have been leaders in the enterprise information archiving for quite a few years. K1 Investment Management had acquired Actiance for the purpose of merging the company with Smarsh. After the merger of the two organizations was approved, they embarked on integrating and consolidating their organizations.

A plan to merge the directories and cloud tenants

Both Smarsh and Actiance had existing Active Directory domains and Office 365 tenants. The plan from the merger was to migrate the users, identities, and data from the Actiance AD domain and tenant to Smarsh’s AD domain and tenant to enable the combined organization to be unified under the Smarsh brand.

The requirements for the consolidation

As part of the merger, both parties will need to implement standardization in the naming conventions for their messaging system domains and addresses. Actiance users will have their mailboxes and OneDrive for Business content synchronized to the Smarsh Tenant and SharePoint Online sites from the Actiance tenant will be synchronized to the Smarsh tenant. By the end of the project, Actiance users will access their Office 365 workloads from the Smarsh tenant and will be sending and receiving emails as Smarsh users.


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