Collaboration Tool Migration Can Be Simple and Efficient
Migration to a new platform does not have to be complicated, especially when your institution’s directory information is already stored within your current collaboration tool.
Our team at CDW Education can work with colleges and universities on this migration, helping to ensure your infrastructure is set up to make the switch and then guiding you through activation and migration. We can also leave you with best practices and education to make sure your IT teams are knowledgeable about the system to support it moving forward.
Whether it’s providing a roadmap to when and where you’ll be able to make the transition, helping your team implement the system, or providing support on the back end, we can help at any stage in the process, providing professional skill sets and design capabilities to ensure a smooth transition.
In the case of Microsoft, adding Teams Voice to your existing infrastructure offers a seamless transition, as your Microsoft Active Directory profiles will be automatically migrated to the new system. Rather than searching through a campus directory to make a phone call from your desk phone, voice and video calls can be made from the platform with a few clicks.
Encourage Consistent Platform Use from the Top Down
Standardizing collaboration tools is only effective if people are using the new platform exclusively. In most cases, it’s not an issue of user education. Students are savvy technology users, and most platforms are intuitive enough that they should be able to pick them up quickly. In order to get students to switch from their preferred collaboration tools to one the university is making a significant investment in, they need to see standardized use from faculty and staff.
If faculty and staff aren’t using the preferred tools, students will be less likely to use them as well. For example, if the administration requests that faculty hold course materials and conduct collaboration in the Microsoft environment, students will become used to the platform and continue to use it as a habit.
Technology investments are most efficient when used to their full potential. A CDW Education specialist can help ensure you’re getting the most out of your current ecosystem.
This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.