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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.

For Exchange to Office 365, Binary Tree offers E2E Express and E2E Complete. E2E Express is aimed at small businesses to streamline migrations directly to their target environment, for example, when migrating from a hosted solution to Office 365 or between tenants. Binary Tree's E2E Complete application handles the movement of mailboxes and public folders, but it also automates the entire enterprise migration processes. In addition, E2E Complete provides scheduling, forecasting, user communications, tracking, reporting, and much more. Users have access to online functionality for rescheduling their individual migrations, and they receive automated notifications when their migration is complete, helping them stay informed and productive throughout the entire migration process.

Lotus Notes and Domino migrations to Office 365 are performed using a variety of Binary Tree tools, including CMT for Exchange.


Mailboxes aren't the only items you'll likely migrate to Office 365. For SharePoint migrations, check out Sharegate, a migration and management tool that offers the ability to migrate site collections, sites, subsites, lists, libraries, views, workflows, and more. Granularity migration is important when working with a SharePoint move to Office 365. One detail I like about Sharegate: It offers a bottomless migration, so you don't have to worry about every gigabyte you move.

Riverbed SteelHead SaaS

Keeping users humming after you've migrated them to the cloud is an important facet not to be forgotten. Here, Riverbed's SteelHead SaaS can help.

SteelHead SaaS improves Office 365 performance via WAN optimization. It is geared toward eliminating network latency woes that can frustrate users when working with a cloud-based solution like Office 365. Riverbed's WAN optimization appliances sit right in Microsoft's data centers to help accelerate delivery of Office 365 to your users, but with less bandwidth.

ENow Mailscape

Office 365's built-in monitoring and reporting tools have room to grow in terms of robustness. For anyone seeking to fill the monitoring gap, several tools and services are available. Among the standouts, especially for hybrid environments, is ENow Mailscape.

ENow Mailscape is easy to deploy and use in both hybrid Exchange and full-cloud Office 365 setups. The solution provides real-time monitoring of your environment to ensure services are available, including network components, directory, mail clients, mobile devices, and so forth. It even monitors Active Directory Federation Services and DirSync.

Kaseya 365 Command

Kaseya's 365 Command is an intriguing cloud-based solution for gathering and analyzing data and reporting for Office 365. Rather than requiring PowerShell scripts, the tool uses HTML5. In this way, 365 Command provides great graphical return.

What's more, 365 Command pushes into other areas with regard to reporting, including OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online. It's easy to see why many third-party reporting solutions focus solely on Exchange Online, but Office 365 goes beyond that. Solutions that also look at SharePoint, Lync, OneDrive, Yammer, and the rest will be increasingly essential as more folks take up these tools as part of their daily Office 365 diet.


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