Sync Up Episode 10: Data on the Move - Migrating to OneDrive
Published Apr 24 2024 12:59 PM 2,538 Views

Sync Up Episode 10 is now available on all your favorite podcast apps! This month, Arvind Mishra and I are talking with Vishal Lodha and Yogesh Ratnaparkhi about how to migrate your company's data to OneDrive and SharePoint! After a brief detour (in which we learn that Arvind wants to go to Egypt and Stephen wants to go to space), we jump in and bust some common data migration myths and then offer migration tips and best practices. The video for this episode will be available in YouTube in the coming weeks! 



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OneDrive migration myths
Here's a quick look at the migration myths that we cover in this episode.

Myth #1: Is migration only for on-premise customers, or customers who are trying to move between tenants?
Busted! Migration is not only for these customers, but also for those who might be coming from other cloud providers!


Myth #2: Migration is only for large enterprises or customers.
Busted! Migration is important for customers of ALL sizes, and Microsoft 365 provides unique value, regardless of your organization's size.


Myth #3: Throttling during migration is really bad.
Busted! Throttling is essential to ensuring that all of our customers have a fast experience using our product. We've continued to improve our service to ensure that you, or our partners, can get the maximum throughput possible.

Myth #4: Migration takes years.
Busted! Like anything in life, migrations will always go smoother if you plan ahead of time! Customers who come in with a plan are often able to migrate quickly, even when they have large amounts of data.


Myth #5: Microsoft will only help me migrate if I'm a large company.
Busted! While services like FastTrack are limited to customers of a certain size, the M365 admin center offers tooling and guidance for migration that ALL customers can take advantage of! We also work closely with many third-party providers to ensure all customers have options. Plus, you can join our monthly OneDrive office hours to ask questions.

10 practical tips for migrating files to OneDrive
When planning your migration to OneDrive, consider these best practices and tips.

  1. Assess and plan: Before beginning your migration, thoroughly assess your current data and IT infrastructure. Understanding what you have helps in planning the migration effectively, ensuring minimal disruption.
  2. Understand the benefits: The benefits of migrating to Microsoft 365 include integrated security and compliance features, seamless collaboration between apps, AI assistance with Copilot, and a reduction in total cost of ownership.
  3. Use Microsoft tools: Leverage the tools provided by Microsoft for migration, available through the Microsoft Admin Center. These tools are designed to simplify the migration process from different sources, including on-premises environments and other cloud services.
  4. Consider third-party tools: For specific needs not addressed by Microsoft’s tools, consider third-party solutions. These can offer specialized features and may integrate well with existing IT systems.
  5. Plan for small businesses: If you're a small business, take advantage of Microsoft’s migration services tailored for smaller organizations, which are designed to handle less complex environments with fewer resources.
  6. Handle throttling smartly: Understand that throttling mechanisms are in place to ensure service quality for all users. Plan your migration strategy to mitigate any potential issues this could cause, such as scheduling migrations during off-peak hours.
  7. Continuous migration: Keep the migration process ongoing without large gaps. This helps in utilizing the full capacity of available resources and reduces the time frame of the migration project.
  8. Prepare for change: Migration may have challenges, but many can be overcome with preparation. Work with your team to understand what your unique challenges might be.
  9. Leverage FastTrack and partner services: For eligible organizations, the Microsoft FastTrack service offers guidance and direct support. Additionally, a vast partner ecosystem is available to assist with more tailored needs.
  10. Monitor and adjust: After migrating, continue to monitor the performance and leverage the OneDrive Adoption Hub to help onboard your users. Be prepared to make adjustments as necessary to optimize the use of new features and integrations.

As always, we hope you enjoy this episode!  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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