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10 third-party tools to suit your Office 365 needs

J. Peter Bruzzese | May 4, 2015
Office 365 is a rich solution, offering a bevy of built-in communication, collaboration, and productivity features. But the idea that Office 365 offers everything you might need, leaving nothing for third-party partners to add, is far from the truth. As with every other Microsoft product, a supportive ecosystem surrounds Office 365, providing meaningful and often customized ways to improve the overall Office 365 experience.

Office 365 is a rich solution, offering a bevy of built-in communication, collaboration, and productivity features. But the idea that Office 365 offers everything you might need, leaving nothing for third-party partners to add, is far from the truth. As with every other Microsoft product, a supportive ecosystem surrounds Office 365, providing meaningful and often customized ways to improve the overall Office 365 experience.

In my role as a consultant for Mimecast, which offers a bolt-on solution for Office 365 that provides additional security, archiving, and continuity features, I am often intrigued by the inventive ways third-party development companies enhance what Microsoft provides as a base in Office 365.

From migration to security to monitoring and beyond, the following 10 Office 365 support solutions show that a vital ecosystem of essential tools and services is rapidly evolving around Office 365. Become familiar with these and the myriad options radiating out from them to see how they might suit your particular Office 365 needs.

CodeTwo Office 365 Migration and Backup for Office 365

When it comes to migrating legacy environments to Office 365, gotchas abound. Thankfully, several tools and services are available for easing the challenges. Microsoft-certified partner CodeTwo offers one such tool, in the form of CodeTwo Office 365 Migration.

CodeTwo Office 365 Migration provides an easier method for moving from Exchange (or Google) to Office 365. In addition to mailbox migration, which includes all items types, you can also migrate public folders using guided wizards that walk you through the process.

CodeTwo Office 365 Migration uses an Exchange Web Services connection to migrate data from your on-premises environment to Office 365. The company also offers Code Two Backup for Office 365, which allows for offline Office 365 mailbox backup and restore. Office 365 itself does not have a backup solution and relies on native data protection. With Code Two Backup for Office 365, you can back up entire mailboxes or selected types of mailbox data to your local drives.

BitTitan MigrationWiz and accompanying tools

BitTitan is another company offering robust solutions to assist in migrating to Office 365. Included in its lineup are MigrationWiz, for data migration; UserActivation, for onboarding to Office 365; DeploymentPro, for configuring Outlook clients for Office 365; and DataEncryption, for automatic encryption of messages and secure messaging.

BitTitan's solutions are entirely cloud-based and aimed at migrating data and onboarding users to Office 365 with zero downtime throughout the process. MigrationWiz supports migrations from on-premises Exchange 2003+, Zimbra, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, Google Apps, and more.

Binary Tree E2E/CMT

Binary Tree is another migration solution company known for assisting with migrations from on-premises Exchange to Office 365, as well as from Lotus Notes and Domino. In fact, Binary Tree software is used exclusively by Microsoft for onboarding customers from Notes to Office 365, according to the company.

 

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