To deliver experiences that enable employees to maximize their productivity and achieve their goals, forward-looking organizations understand the need to enable digital collaboration in their workplace. Digital collaboration addresses the challenges of the “last mile” of employee, partner and customer interactions across the workplace and eliminates islands of disconnected systems and tools. An increasingly globalized workforce, consumerization of IT and ongoing cost pressures are forcing business leaders to re-imagine how personnel work, communicate and collaborate. With so many channels and technologies available, users expect and demand secure and convenient access to communications and key productivity applications at the office, from home or on the road.
To support true digital collaboration, organizations must drive greater agility, productivity and security. Most now recognize the measurable value of moving productivity workloads to the cloud. Many are moving toward consumption-based solutions, hybrid architectures and a single point of contact for service needs. They naturally want systems that meet compliance requirements, and that reduce risk by controlling and protecting sensitive data.
In many enterprises, Office 365 is seen as a logical and workable pathway to cloud-based productivity and collaboration. Organizations of all sizes can use this solution to improve communications and collaboration and to drive greater productivity. A well-planned migration can reduce the need for in-house infrastructure and lower overall costs. A successful Office 365 deployment can improve overall security management while instilling greater consistency between mobile and in-office tools.
However, the success of an Office 365 implementation can vary widely depending on a range of deployment variables. Those variables can include the rigor of initial planning, whether the migration is done in phases or as a major launch, and, most notably, how well the organization focuses on and supports the user experience.
A poorly-planned or executed Office 365 implementation can yield serious and negative results. Those downsides can include difficulty migrating files, issues with network capacity and Active Directory and in some cases, complete loss of service. Users may be confused and may even resist the roll-out of what should be a popular and effective service upgrade.
Read the full viewpoint paper to learn how DXC Technology examines key issues and variables relating to the planning and deployment of Office 365, including:
- Risk and costs
- Infrastructure requirements
- Security considerations
- Implementation approaches
- The central importance of the user experience.
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