Office 365

Office 365

A couple of months ago I started looking at moving away from Google Apps to Office 365. Many organization were paying over $100,000 for setup and migration. I knew there had to be away to get this set up for way less, so off I went watching video about Active Directory Federation Services, ADFS. I soon learned that I was in for a wild ride.

Even though Google Apps is free for our organization, Office 365 provides us with updated versions of Office. Being a non-profit we get the E1 plan for free and the E3 plan for only $4.50 per month. I began looking up to see what other organization had done with migrating away from Google in order to gain any wisdom I could; however, most of what I found was like a foreign language to me. I began to reach out to companies that help organizations with this sort of thing and was able to find CodeTwo. They provide free software to organizations that put them down as your partner. This software will help migrate all of the Google Apps data over to Office 365. *Click on the link above to learn more about this.* This saved our organization over $15,000.

I was able to set up our ADFS internal and external servers within a 1 week. I was told this was very quick for not ever doing something like this before; however, I thought it would be a good idea to have someone else look at what I have done so that I have peace of mind that what I did was correct. This is when I came across AgileIT. They were able to help me get all my little errors resolved and able to help me optimize the servers and Active Directory for better synchronization of data and a better user experience.

Currently, we are still working on get the final touches so that we can start migration of all the data. I will update this post when we are finished.