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Binary Tree Articles

Binary Tree publishes articles on improving IT cloud, M&A and modernization initiatives. Read the latest posts for news, insights, best practices and solutions for transforming Microsoft Office 365, Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and IBM Notes/Domino.

The Journey to Microsoft Office 365 [Video]

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4 messaging must-haves for Day 1 of a ‘no compromise’ M&A

One of the most critical milestones in any merger or acquisition is day 1. This is the first day when the merging organizations officially start working as one. It sets the tone for the overall merger and can impact how well the combined organization performs in its first 100 days. And when it comes to day 1, a lot of it comes down to IT.

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4 ways an IT partner can speed your M&A

More than 50% of organizations choose to get outside IT help with their M&A (Gartner 2016). In an earlier post, we shared 6 reasons why that is. Now, we talk about four key areas in which a partner can be invaluable.

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Journey to Office 365 [Infographic]

Since Office 365 launched, we’ve helped millions make the move to the cloud. So we’ve seen that the journey is often more challenging than people expect. Migrating your users and data is only part of it. The upfront planning phase and the overall management of the effort can easily take longer than the migration itself.

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6 reasons to hire an IT partner for your M&A

A partner can come in with fresh eyes to more accurately assess your risk, timeline, and cost. They know exactly what to look for in all the crooks and crannies of your systems. They know the right questions to ask. They’ll leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding gotchas that might stall your merger.

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The state of enterprise migration [Infographic]

We recently partnered with Osterman Research to report on how enterprises are faring with migrations. They surveyed 134 companies with at least 1,000 employees who’ve migrated their messaging in the past couple of years.

This infographic summarizes some of the key (and sometimes surprising) facts from the report. If you want more details, download the full report.

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Introducing Power365: Easily integrate and migrate between tenants of Office 365

The scenario: You’re merging organizations. Everyone’s already on Office 365, so the migration should be easy, right? Not quite. Unfortunately, migrating between tenants of Office 365 comes with some unique challenges. It’s not always easy to get everyone on the same email domain or look up colleagues to send emails and invites. Not to mention see free/busy availability to schedule meetings.

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IT integration can make or break the modern M&A

Mergers and acquisitions can be one of the most challenging things an organization does. Study after study has shown that anywhere from 70% to 90% of M&As fail. Most often, that’s because the company doesn’t see the benefits they expect after the deal goes through.

But there’s one thing you can do to increase your chances of success—integrate your IT as quickly and painlessly as possible. Technology alone won’t make the deal, but it can definitely break it. PwC says that “the IT function itself often has the highest volume of integration activity over the longest period of time, and commonly has the highest number of dependencies from other functions.” Gartner puts a number on it: more than 50% of all integration activities depend on IT.

So if you do a great job integrating your IT, there’s a much higher chance your overall merger will be more successful. Here are some actions to take.

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Read the report: The State of Enterprise Migration

Migrations are often much more challenging than you’d expect. They often overrun their timeline and budget, not to mention cause rampant downtime. But why is this?

We recently partnered with Osterman Research to do a deep dive and hear more about how enterprises are faring with migrations. They surveyed 134 companies with at least 1,000 employees who’ve migrated their messaging in the past couple of years.

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Challenges of merging messaging between tenants of Office 365

Picture this: You’ve just acquired two companies, and all three of you are running different tenants of Office 365. So you need to merge everyone under the same umbrella, to a single tenant. And you need to do it fast.

Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest thing to do. There are some unique challenges that come with merging tenants of Office 365. Here are some of the challenges you might face , along the way.

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