Top tips for your first SkyKick migration project

By Lee Ramse on Dec 29, 2017

If you’re new to SkyKick, we’re glad you’re here and look forward to helping you build and scale your cloud business. As a Senior Technical Account Manager, I have had the opportunity to help lots of partners successfully plan and complete their first migration projects. I have also helped many partners get their projects back on track. In most of those cases, following a few simple tips upfront could have saved the partner time and effort during their first project.

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5 essential elements to running a successful Cloud solutions company

By Ken Jackson on Dec 18, 2017

It was exciting for SkyKick to see one of its great partners, OnPar Technologies, win Microsoft’s 2017 US SMB East Region Partner of the Year at this year’s Inspire. OnPar Technologies, founded in 2007, is a cloud first, full service Microsoft partner who is dedicated to delivering transformative technology solutions that help businesses prosper in the digital age. We sat down with Donna Hall, the Director of Business Development at OnPar Technologies, to create a webinar focused on learning how they’ve streamlined their business both internally and to customers to achieve such success. 

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Sharpen the ax – top 6 preparation tools and resources for a successful Office 365 email migration

By Greg Bobgan on Dec 15, 2017

Preparation is critical to the success of many endeavors. This is certainly true for email migrations to Office 365. Abraham Lincoln put it this way: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” The more migration projects you do, the sharper your ax will be. But because every migration project is different, it is important to take the time to sharpen the ax for each project before you start swinging.

SkyKick offers a variety of tools, training, and consultative support, you can use to effectively prepare for every migration project.  

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Best practices for deploying the SkyKick Outlook Assistant

By Joshua Dowdy on Nov 28, 2017

SkyKick regularly updates the Outlook Assistant client and MSIs to work most effectively with Office 365 as it evolves. It is therefore best practice to download and use the most current version for each migration project (rather than using an MSI file saved from a previous migration). This optimizes performance and significantly reduces the potential for issues as the Outlook Assistant performs its various actions across a migration project.

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New Features - More Action Buttons, Settings, Views and Shortcuts in the Migration Dashboard provide even more control

By Bernard Clark on Oct 31, 2017

Our recent Migration Dashboard redesign, launched in July, featured more visibility, focus, and control for improved project management. However, that was just the beginning. A primary facet of the redesign was its overall structure which now allows us to expose more data and more controls.

In the three months since the release, we have accelerated the delivery of features that partners have been requesting, and we continue to expand the actions that partners can take to control their migration projects.

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New Features - Updated Password Reception and Automated Email Controls

By Lee Ramse on Oct 31, 2017

Over my years working with thousands of partners and their projects, I’ve learned that migrations are like snowflakes.  No two are quite alike. We are continuing to enhance and develop Migration Manager features that give you more control of the migration automation experience.

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[UPDATE] Microsoft changing how Outlook connects to Office 365

By Bernard Clark on Oct 11, 2017

UPDATE POSTED 10/10/2017 based on new Microsoft information. Changes to the original SkyKick blog, posted on 21 August, are noted below in ITALICS.

Microsoft has updated their recent announcement about the protocol previously used by Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013 to connect with Office 365 (RPC over HTTP aka Outlook Anywhere). The updated announcement indicates that the protocol will NOT be removed on October 31, but confirms that RPC over HTTP will reach end of support in Office 365 at that time, and that MAPI-over-HTTP will be the only supported protocol. The update also emphasizes that...

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Product Update - Provide Individual End User password credentials for Office 365 email migrations directly in the Partner Portal

By Joshua Dowdy on Oct 3, 2017

As a Technical Account Manager, I get the opportunity to talk with our partners of all shapes and sizes and learn about their business practices and how they utilize the SkyKick platform to achieve their business goals. Our Product team collects loads of data and insights from my team’s conversations with partners to drive product updates. It’s exciting for our team to see updates, like this one, that really save our partners time and effort with their customers email migrations to Office 365.

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Switching to SkyKick from another Office 365 email migration tool

By Greg Bobgan on Aug 16, 2017

Many IT service providers come to SkyKick after using other processes and tools to perform Office 365 migrations. They come with assumptions, big questions about how SkyKick may or may not align with their business goals, and surgically-specific questions about our technology. We’ve helped hundreds of partners around the world as they approached the switch, onboarded their teams and started to perform Office 365 email migrations for the first time.

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Get more out of Microsoft OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online with Versioning

By Lee Ramse on Mar 2, 2017

With the advent of cloud computing, collaboration has become easier than ever before. OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online allow users to easily store, share, and edit documents together in real-time, with increased efficiency.  And the ubiquity of these features across Office 365 licenses (both are available in Business Essentials) makes them perfect for coordinating cross-team work streams.

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