Oliver Przybylski

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Office 365 and Beyond - True Challenges in Project Management

Posted by Oliver Przybylski on 8/3/17 12:15 PM

The following narrative is not my first Office 365 migration as a Project Manager. Having been involved in an initiative as complex as moving from on-premise Lotus Notes to Office 365 Exchange online, I thought I was ready for any other type of email migration, however complex. I’ll admit I even thought that moving from on-premise Exchange to Office 365 would be a breeze. But technology is not that straightforward, because it is always dependent on user and stakeholder needs. I knew that, but I got a stern reminder in this recent project.

Office 365 is a suite of products. Most companies make the move to stop managing in-house Exchange and transition to a subscription-based model which is budget friendly. But it also brings a plethora of applications and features, Skype for Business and OneDrive for Business being the most sought after to some lesser known like Yammer, Sway, Teams or Planner.

When Lewis Fowler assigned me to a project in a local government agency, the scope encompassed implementing almost the entire Office 365 suite with an Exchange migration, the Office 2016 suite deployment with Windows 10 and the rollout of OneDrive and Skype for Business. Additionally, if a user need would justify it, we could also introduce other features from the growing list of Office 365 apps.

Seemed straightforward at first, but it sure came with a lot of difficulties…
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