Restarting Office 365 Migrations

Posted on: March 5, 2015

An IT governance priority for this year is completing the Office 365 2015 Migration project. Recommendations of the Architecture and Infrastructure Committees (AIC) Calendaring and Email Subcommittee were approved by the AIC on December 12, 2014, paving the way for Phase 2 planning for restarting migrations to Office 365. Phase 2 includes continuing with the professional services partners that assisted in the Office 365 get-well activities. Engineers from Microsoft will also again be on-site to check in on our progress and address technical issues. In February 2015, AIC subsequently approved the project charter authorizing the restarting of large-scale voluntary migrations to Office 365 during the spring semester 2015.

Here are some highlights on the current status of the project from a recent update sent by Sabina Winters, Senior Project Manager:

The Office 365 project has had an exciting few months! The new Outlook for Mac was released to campus in early January and is available to all UT Austin staff and faculty members who have an Office 365 mailbox. Please contact your Technical Support Coordinator (TSC) or local help desk technician for information and assistance with setting up the new Outlook for Mac.

. . . The Office 365/AEMS project team is working diligently to plan the Office 365 migrations of several Colleges, Schools, and Units (CSU). The team is also assisting those areas with the pre-migration work required for the migrations. If you have questions or concerns about the location of your mailbox or about the Office 365 migration, again, please contact your TSC or local help desk technician. If you are a technical representative of a CSU and have a desire to migrate this spring or general questions about migrating to Office 365, please send inquiries to the Office 365 Project Team.

I want to thank everyone for their hard work as we move into the next phase of the Office 365 project. Many hours of committee work, migration preparations, and Office 365 optimizations have been completed during the last few months. While there’s still work ahead, I know the investment in migration planning and preparation will make all the difference in the migrations this spring.

Expectations are that the spring 2015 large-scale migrations will be completed by the end of April 2015. Until April, ad-hoc migrations of mailboxes will still be considered on a case by case basis dependent upon business needs and may be requested via the Help and Service Desk .

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