Can I migrate from Office 2007 Exchange?

Yes. We migrate clients from Office 2007 Exchange to Office 365 on a regular basis.

Please contact us at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can migrate you to Office 365.

Can I migrate from a hosted email provider?

Many people use a third party email provider such as Rackspace, Intermedia, or Apptix, and yes, you can migrate to Office 365 from just about every hosted email provider. C3 Integrated has extensive experience migrating clients from a wide range of hosting providers and support your migration needs.

Contact us today at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to learn more about our migration process.

Why Active Directory for Single Sign On?

Active Directory has become the standard for on premise network management and therefore a logical choice to extend management to additional services. Single Sign On (SSO) can be deployed numerous ways. To integrate a single application, such as Office 365, Azure AD Connect is the preferred tool to accomplish this. However, if you have multiple cloud applications (i.e. Salesforce, SAP, ADP, etc) that all need to be integrated, then a third part solution such as Centrify may be a better fit.

Contact us today at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to learn more about the options available to meet your SSO needs.

What is DIRSYNC?

DIRSYNC is a tool that interconnects your on premise Active Directory to Office 365. This tool is currently being phased out and replace by Azure AD Connect.

Contact us today at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to learn more about the options available to migrate your email to Office 365.

What is Azure AD Connect?

Azure AD Connect is the successor to DIRSYNC and serves to integrate on premise Active Directory (AD) with Azure AD.  Azure AD Connect is designed to make Azure AD integration with local directories easier and offers the following features:

  • Streamlines the experience so fewer tools are required
  • Guides you through the experience so you don’t have to rad a bunch of documents
  • Reduces on premises footprint so you don’t have to deploy a bunch of servers

Contact us today at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to learn more about the options available to migrate your email to Office 365.

What is Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS)?

Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS) is a form of cloud computing where a third party provider (i.e. Azure , Amazon Web Services, etc) hosts the hardware, software, storage, and other infrastructure components in their datacenter. IAAS solutions tend to provide the space and clients then load their operating systems and applications which they are responsible to manage.

Contact us today at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to better understand the different cloud options available and start you journey to the cloud.

What is Platform As A Service (PAAS)?

Platform As A Service (PAAS) is different from IAAS in that with PAAS, the hosting provider also provides the operating system in addition to the raw infrastructure. This further reduces the responsibility of the client to manage the solution. With PAAS, clients still implement and manage their applications.

Contact us today at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to better understand the different cloud options available and start you journey to the cloud.

What is Software As A Service (SAAS)?

Software As A Service (SAAS) is considered a turn-key cloud solution. With SAAS, the hosting provider supplies all aspects of the solution including the raw computing power, the operating system, and the underlying application. While the client may be able to customize the application, the underlying management is the responsibility of the hosting provider. Common examples of SAAS include Office 365, Google Apps, and Salesforce.

Contact us today at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to better understand the different cloud options available and start you journey to the cloud.

Why Should I outsource my IT Department?

Maybe you should.  Maybe you shouldn’t.  There are many factors that go into an outsourcing decision.  Here are some questions to consider:

  • How large is your organization?
  • How complex is your network?
  • Can you support internal headcount based on the size and sophistication of the network?
  • Is technology generally, or IT specifically, a core competency or differentiator for your company?
  • How much of your investment is a sunk cost into infrastructure?
  • Are you satisfied with the current service levels of your IT Department?

Regardless of the answers above, outsourcing a strategic function such as IT should not be taken lightly.  We have work with many clients where updating/virtualizing infrastructure and providing supplemental support has had a transformational effect on their services levels.  We’ve also regularly work with clients that choose not to invest internally in IT services.

Contact us today at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to set up an appointment and discuss what is the right level of service for your organization.

Why should I upgrade from Office 2010?

Office 2010 went out of mainstream support in October 2015.  While Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for Office 2010, feature updates will no long be backward integrated into this software.

In addition to not being able to fully leverage all of its capabilities, we expect to see an increase in compatibility problems between Office 2010 and Office 365.  We have already seen some issues with library syncs to the desktop.

Contact us today at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to learn more about how to upgrade your team.

How do I calculate Cloud ROI?

Cloud Return On Investment (ROI) can be achieved in several ways.   First, what are the tangible savings based on a migration.   For example, a typical Office 365 migration can eliminate the following costs:

  • Server hardware upgrade
  • Software upgrades
  • Back-up and recovery services
  • Web conferencing costs (i.e. GoToMeeting)
  • Cloud Storage services (i.e. Box, Dropbox)

Next, consider the personnel savings.  How much time does your team spend managing their email and collaboration services?  Do your users have occasional service issues and what is the cost of their lost productivity?

Finally, consider the productivity gains of going to the cloud.  By taking the Office 365 Journey, your team can leverage advanced features associated with unified communications (audio, web conferencing, screen sharing) and collaboration (co-editing, version control, etc), how does the effectiveness of the whole team improve?  Further, with improved productivity, does the overall team environment and morale improve as well?

While some of these are easier to quantify than others, all of these factors should be considered when looking for a true ROI on the cloud.

Contact us at info@c3isit.com or 571-384-7950 to learn more about how you can get the most out of your cloud investment.