Options for Migrating to Google Workspace
In addition to the Google Workspace Migration Kit, new Google Apps Admins going the 'Do it Yourself' route should get started with Google Workspace Administrator Fundamentals at Coursera to learn the basic functions of the Admin Console to manage users, control access to services, configure common security settings, and much more.
Google offers a free, personalized, 'Quickstart' program for new Google Workspace customers with 10 - 400 users that want DIY Guidance. A Google deployment adviser will develop a lightweight, structured plan, customized for your business or organization. You get free guided support for domain verification, mail routing configurations, data migration, user provisioning, interoperability, mobile device management and more. This is a consulting and support gig for Google Workspace Migrations only - the deployment Adviser does not provide hands-on technical assistance.
'Apps Admins Google Partners, certified in Google Workspace, provide two additional turn-key solutions for migrating to Google Workspace Basic, Business and Enterprise.'
Google's free Google Workspace migration program may not be right for every customer. The program uses Google's own G Suite Migration for the Microsoft Exchange Tool (GSMME) only. More complex migrations to G Suite or migrations when time is of the essence (failing legacy server, contract expiration) may require professional software and assistance to make the switch to G Suite.
BitTitan's MigrationWiz is the preferred choice of Apps Admins Partners for migrating from environments like Office 365, Exchange Servers, IMAP servers and most other email and file storage environments. For G Suite to G Suite migrations, such as for a merger or acquisition where both companies have G Suite, Cloud Migrator (Windows version) is our preferred choice for Google Drive to Drive migrations - co-migrate with mail using MigrationWiz and you can move thousands of users in a weekend.
Also referred to as 'Ad-Hoc' Migrations, a managed migration to Google Workspace generally provide hands-on remote technical assistance in addition to the Quickstart deployment advice already discussed. For straight-forward migrations the service price generally includes the professional migration software and a Google Certified Deployment specialist to manage the technical aspect of the migration.
Both the Quickstart for Google Workspace Program and Managed Migrations to Google Workspace are designed to support a single point of contact at the company deploying Google Workspace. While web based migration tools like MigrationWiz remove server concerns this is still a technical project as well as management. Customers are provided with the tools to succeed in a migration and must be an active participant in the project.
The project manager role for a migration is usually best assigned to a senior level IT Director who can work directly with the Google Partner's Technical Manager to organize, stage and communicate the migration and deployment of Google Workspace within the organization.
Companies and organizations busy throughout the organization may consider a 'Full-service' or 'White Glove' Migration to Google Workspace which includes Professional Development Consultants to communicate, guide, train and inspire end users in the productivity and trans-formative nature of using Google Workspace.
Overall a migration to Google Workspace goes 'easier than expected' and 'smoother than expected' when customers accept the free and affordable advice options. A full-service migration from Google Cloud Partners usually adds the human component for training and inspiration to make the project a trans-formative business event.
No one knows your users better than you. The most successful migrations to Google Workspace come from within an organization, as a team, with dedicated Google professionals supporting the project.