There you have it, you’ve completed all 13 lessons, know what you need to take into considering when getting started with Office 365 and are ready to dive into Office 365 even further. So, as this lesson is titled, what’s next?
- If you plan to continue using Office 365, you’ll want to convert to a paid license. You could do this by purchasing licenses in your existing trial tenant and convert it to your production (or a test or dev) tenant, or you could create a brand new tenant starting off right away with a paid license.
When purchasing licenses you do have options where you purchase them:
– You can purchase them directly from Microsoft within your trial tenant or starting off with a brand new tenant.
– If you have an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Microsoft already you can license Office 365 in your EA
– You can purchase Office 365 from a cloud reseller. If you want to go this route, let me know as well. I’m set up to be able to resell Office 365 and can put a nice licensing package together for you.
- Next, you need to decide where to start
- Skype for Business/Teams?
- Or some other workload?
- New Business, transitioning of another platform?
Any of these could be your reason to start using Office 365 or all of them. Of all of them, Exchange is probably the most popular. Whatever your reason for being interested in Office 365, I hope this helped to give you a good overview of the platform and things to take into consideration as you move forward.
Unless you are standing up a brand new company, migrating everything to Office 365 at once can be a daunting task. I definitely recommend doing a service or workload at a time when performing a migration. You may also want to look at a hybrid approach based on your needs. Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business all support hybrid deployments of the services.
You have several options and I’m happy to help in any way I can. You can always reach me via the contact form on this site.
Interested in additional resources to help you in your Office 365 journey? Would like me to create some additional free content?
- Microsoft Cloud IT Pro Podcast: A Podcast about the latest in Office 365 from a couple of IT Pros (P.S. one of them is me)
- Self-promotion – sign up for:
- Free membership: presentations I’ve given in the past as well as this course as a free book and hopefully others to follow.
- Paid membership: early access. Will includes Office Hours, Videos, PowerShell scripts and other great tools
- Subscribe to the weekly podcast I co-host all about Office 365 and Azure – the Microsoft Intelligent Cloud
- Microsoft: About the Office 365 Admin Center
- Microsoft: Common management tasks for Office 365
- Opsgility: Office 365 Training