is a Sr. IT Specialist for the IBM Software Services for Collaboration team and resides in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States. His career with IBM began six years ago when, at the time, he was working as an independent consultant primarily on projects that migrated different email platforms to IBM® Lotus Notes®. Although technically his title is Sr. IT Specialist, Victor wears many hats over the course of a project. He has helped with project management, architecture design, programming, and migration engineering, just to name a few.
His knowledge and expertise continue to reside in the area of migrating email platforms. More recently, instead of migrating from one email system to another, he finds there is a natural progression of migrating email systems to the IBM Smart Cloud
™. In this blog, Victor shares some of the knowledge he has gained while working on these projects
What are some of the benefits of moving to the IBM Smart Cloud™?
In general terms, the ease of scalability is great for growing companies. Plus, you will be optimizing your IT resources to concentrate on tasks specific to your business by reducing inefficiencies by freeing up company resources to work on them. Cost savings may include, by way of an example, savings on software license upgrades or server operating systems. In additional to all the benefits, you must also take into consideration that there will be guidelines and restrictions to follow in the cloud that will not allow you to have the same level of administrative control as an on-premise environment.
Any Words of Wisdom for those thinking about migrating to the cloud?
It is important for customers to realize what they are going to give up and what they are getting into. A project of this scope requires significant prep work by your team. Working together, we can help make the migration as successful as possible. So, before engaging IBM Software Services for Collaboration, you should get organized and identify the people and groups that are going to be migrated. Ask yourself, "How am I going to move them?" and "How am I going to support batches of users during migration?"
Before the migration begins, it is important to have education and frequent communications because those actions can drastically minimize help desk calls once the migration actually starts. You will find that your users will be more informed as to what to expect and what is required of them once migration commences.
Based on your experience, what is a general estimation for how long a migration like this would take?
Every project is different but for a normal size business I would say that:
- Customer Preparatory work which involves setting up the hybrid environment would take approximately one month.
- Beforehand, you should think about test cases going into the pilot; what are you going to test? Test delegation? Test calendaring and scheduling? How much functionality are you going to test out in the pilot? These things could cause unnecessary delays in the project if not thought of beforehand.
- Then we would come in and set up the staging environment and that would take about 1 week.
- The Pilot could begin the following week.
- Initially, we can perform the migration process on small batches first or even test accounts.
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