Migrating to Office 365?Here’s some recommended reading

lan637 migrating to office 365 here s some recommended reading

Contemplating the move to Office 365? You’ll find no end of free advice on the web in the form of whitepapers and a few cautions.

Titles available include:

Making the switch from Exchange to Office 365: Brien Posey insights

The foundations of a successful Office 365 deployment

Choosing the best method for Office 365 migration

How to successfully migrate to Office 365

Should my business move to Office 365?

MVP reviews his first year with Microsoft 365

Take extra security steps for Office 365

Key considerations in moving to Microsoft Office 365

There also some articles that promise similar advice:

How one CIO is migrating 18,000 users to Office 365and10 major Office 365 migration gotchas to avoid,to name just two.

But if you’re really serious, then the one to go for is Office 365: Migrating and Managing Your Business in the Cloud. Unlike the others it’s not a free sponsored whitepaper of maybe 10 or 20 pages, it’s a hardback book weighing in at massive 666 pages.

It is billed as being “Written for the IT professional and business owner [to provide] the business and technical insight necessary to migrate your business to the cloud using Microsoft Office 365,” and as “A practical look at cloud migration and the use of different technologies to support that migration.”

You can buy it online from numerous sources for prices around $A30 - $A40 (although we spotted one optimistic vendor on eBay wanting $A96 for a copy!)

However you can download a pdf version at no charge from here (it comes in at 52MB), courtesy of Apress Media, under its Apress Open program. (The company is a technical publisher devoted to meeting the needs of IT professionals, software developers and programmers)

It’s written by Matthew Katzer and Don Crawford. Katzer founded US cloud advisory firm Kamind. Prior to that he worked for Intel for 17 years, managing engineering development and IT projects. Crawford has more than 40 years of experience in database systems, online systems, networks and security, business and project management and strategic advisory.

He is also a partner in Kamind.

The Kamind website also has a link to a free copy of the book, and another one by Katzer: Moving to Office 365: planning and migration guide (also available free from Apress). According to the Kamind web site it is based on popular chapters in the first book and “takes a concentrated look at the very latest best practices for Office 365 migration, with a focus on the needs of senior managers, IT managers, and others involved in key decisions when moving their business to the cloud.”

It says “Matt Katzer revises and expands on his original material to bring you the very latest guidance on planning methods, management best practices, personnel decisions and migration and maintenance costs, along with brand new material on some of the most important and cutting-edge considerations when moving your business to the cloud: securing company data, and driving social collaboration in the workplace.”

Happy reading, and happy Office 365 migration!

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