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Seamless and Rapid Move to the Cloud

Business Situation

​​ The infrastructure for messaging and collaboration was ageing and did not meet the high requirements from the employees. 
3 needed to provide them the best tools and experience, but also keep the promise of having an up-to-date collaboration platform even in the future, without risking to become outdated again. At the same time, the new solution had to be fully scalable and cost efficient. Succinctly, the new platform needed to be cloud based to provide scalability, anywhere access and constant version and feature upgrades.

"Thanks to Avanade's deep expertise in Office 365 projects, our migration to the cloud went extremely smooth and seamless for our end users!"

Lena Karlsson Internal IT Manager, 3

Solution

​3 decided on Microsoft Office 365, after first evaluating Google Apps. Office 365 proved to be fully compliant with 3’s remaining complex it-environment and also appeared as the more Enterprise Ready solution. In addition, Microsoft Office, Exchange, Lync and Outlook was already familiar to the organisation and a smooth transition to the cloud was a high priority.  
Because of Avanade’s proven track record from previous similar projects and endorsements from Microsoft, 3 chose Avanade to be their partner and advisor in the move to the cloud.

Results

The project of migrating 3,200 users to Office 365 was done in three months, including all planning and preparation. The project was a true team effort. Avanade worked closely with the it-staff at 3 as well as their current outsourcing provider through the whole process. Avanade delivered project management, technical expertise and solution architecture in the project of moving 3 from Exchange 2007 and home folders to an Office 365 platform consisting of the latest versions of Exchange, Lync, SkyDrive Pro and Office Web Apps. As a result the employees at 3 can always access the latest collaboration tools, and their data is accessible from anywhere on any device.

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