When looking back over the COVID-19 pandemic, what has been the biggest effect on your customers and migration projects?
During this pandemic, we’re seeing companies find various ways to cut costs and optimize resources. The focus has shifted from capital expenses to operational expenses. Amidst a lot of uncertainty, companies are opting for the most affordable solutions and services. Many have recognized that migrating existing workloads to the cloud helps with OPEX, and there is certainly priority to do this in the fastest manner possible.
There are several tools UniQ could choose from to support these migrations. Why go with MigrationWiz?
We have tried many of those tools, from first-party solutions to third-party tools. What we have found over our years of experience, however, is that MigrationWiz offers the best support for the entire migration suite, it’s easy to use, and the value of bundling workloads together with a single license through a single tool. The documentation is ready and accessible when we need to reference. Most of all, the full automation from server side to client endpoint helps expedite project setup and actual data transfer.
Is there a recent project where that value was really clear?
Our most recent migration involved a 100-user migration for a financial services company here in Malaysia, which is a key vertical for us. We have several financial services customers, which I would call our strongest single area in terms of verticals.
This customer need to decouple existing IT services from their parent company and stand up an independent infrastructure governed by a local IT team. This included migrating users from the existing Active Directory, migrate email services from Exchange 2010 to Exchange Online, enable Teams and Enterprise Telephone, and more. It was a full transformation and rollout of Office 365 Enterprise Apps, Windows 10 Enterprise, and additional IP protection.
The project was awarded right before the pandemic really appeared here in Malaysia. We were fortunate that MigrationWiz is a cloud service that doesn’t require any on-premises servers. With this tool and a project plan, we were able to seamlessly migrate email content and users’ Outlook profiles without needing to attend to the customer physically as most of them were working from home during the lockdown.