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Confused by Office 365? Gartner for Tech Professionals to the Rescue!

by Craig Roth  |  May 20, 2014  |  4 Comments

If you’re confused by Office 365, you’re not alone. Many organizations are now exploring it and have questions about features, infrastructure (such as how secure it is or service levels), and architecting hybrid solutions. Today I just want to outline some of the great materials we’ve got for you in Gartner for Technical Professionals.

A good place to start is the webinar Guy Creese just did called “The Hidden Gotchas of Office 365.” The replay link is here.

We’ll be covering Office 365 in depth at our upcoming Catalyst Conference (August 11-14 in Los Angeles). These sessions will be helpful for anyone considering or implementing Office 365:

  • Which Is Better for Our Organization: Google Apps or Office 365?
  • Does Office 365 Meet Production-Grade Enterprise Requirements?
  • IAM Guide to Office 365
  • Office 365 Versus Mobile Productivity: Gaps, Issues and Work-Arounds
  • SaaS SLAs, Support, Pricing and Licensing: The IT Professional’s Role and Challenges
  • Securing Sensitive SaaS With Cloud Access Security Brokers
  • Should You Leverage Exchange, Lync or Both in the Cloud?
  • How to Plan and Implement a Hybrid Exchange Solution

And, of course, we have lots of the in depth research we’re known for. Clients can check out:

  • Microsoft’s Changing Social Software Strategy: Yammer, SharePoint and the Role of Cloud Services Within Office
  • What IT Needs to Know About Office 365: In-Depth Assessment
  • What IT Needs to Know About Office 365: Features and Functionality
  • Cloud Suites for Collaboration: Assessing Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps and IBM SmartCloud for Social Business
  • Preparing Your IAM Environment for Working With Azure AD and Office 365

And if all that doesn’t answer your question, please call client services and set up a call! We’re here to help.

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Craig Roth
Research VP, Tech and Service Providers
7 years at Gartner
28 years IT industry

Craig Roth is a Research Vice President focused on cloud office suites, collaboration tools, content management, and how they are being impacted by digital workplace and digital business trends...Read Full Bio

Thoughts on Confused by Office 365? Gartner for Tech Professionals to the Rescue!

  1. […] at such a rate of knots, it is hard to believe these will be the same as in 12 months time. Gartner is generally very bullish about Office 365, and compares it very favourably to the […]

  2. Kamistek says:

    Email, SharePoint, Lync and Enterprise collaboration are becoming more and more a commodity and Organsations should think carefully if and how they continue with on premise projects.

    Office 365 might not be there yet for some organisations, but the speed and pace of change that Microsoft is developing 365 could leave Organisations caught short.

  3. eHDF says:

    Questions are on to the target and they must be answered, actually neck to neck competition is going on between Google apps and MS 365 and it really confuses many professional. Both have their pros but yes I must give credit your help in sorting out some top notch issues with selection.

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