The AvePoint Solution
After considering several migration providers, Wodonga chose to work with AvePoint due to their expertise in the Microsoft 365 stack and reputation for having good tools. AvePoint helped the institute’s infrastructure team install Fly Server, AvePoint’s migration tool. The process was “flawless,” according to Ben Haslett, Business Solutions Team Lead, Wodonga TAFE.
Before beginning the migration, the institute used Fly’s free discovery tool to identify relevant content, customizations, and potential risks in source data. The tool helped identify what content was on the legacy file servers and what still needed to be migrated to Teams, revealing that there was significantly less data than initially estimated.
The tool also helped the team make a surprising discovery: “PII,” says Ben. “Stuff that hadn’t been touched for 20 years but kept ‘just in case.’ In the worst-case scenario, we face a data breach, and this sensitive info is exposed. Fortunately, we found it and were able to purge it all and update our processes to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
AvePoint conducted migration workshops with Wodonga to review folder structures and determine the content to move to Teams. These workshops included working line by line with different departments to determine what data should be moved and where it should land in Teams. Ben explains, "This helped users feel like they were part of the process and drove transformation by bringing structure and discipline to the migration process.”
The institute performed a pilot migration to test its migration plan and ensure that everything was working as intended before moving all content to Teams. During a pilot migration, users were asked to go to Teams, locate their files, and get visually familiar with the new system. This step was important to help users get over the familiarity hump of moving from the N drive to Teams.
After making some tweaks to the migration plan based on the pilot’s performance, the institute was ready for the migration. It was completed in four phases, and all content was moved to Teams without any issues or complaints thanks to the thorough preparation and testing.
Ben recognizes the value of partnering with migration experts, saying: “AvePoint provided guidance and weighed in on our plan, recommending certain steps based on their experience with thousands of migrations. When they recommended certain approaches, we knew they had done it a hundred times before and this was the best way to do it. Their expertise helped ensure that our migration was smooth and successful."
Ben sums it up: "The migration with AvePoint was one of the smoothest I have ever experienced. I've performed dozens of migrations, including record systems, legacy systems, and email file migrations, but this was one of my top three migrations ever. We hit everything exactly as it was set and scoped.”