As work has become more remote over the past few months, moving your workloads, data, and apps to the cloud seems to be the best option to ensure business continuity.

However, a cloud migration can be challenging if not planned properly. Microsoft FastTrack, a service from Microsoft, helps you implement, deploy, and adopt Microsoft cloud solutions at no additional cost. Here is what you need to know about FastTrack and how to take advantage of the service.

What is Microsoft FastTrack?

Transitioning from on-premise solutions to the cloud is daunting for many organizations. Where do you begin and what workloads/assets do you prioritize to ensure a smooth migration? Without proper planning, skills, and support, your cloud migration can be complex and challenging at best.

That is why Microsoft has designed FastTrack: to help businesses successfully deploy and adopt Microsoft cloud solutions at no additional cost for eligible subscriptions – Microsoft 365 (Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security).

So if you’re in the process of transforming your organization digitally and need some help to accelerate the deployment and adoption of cloud solutions, take advantage of Microsoft FastTrack.

What Can FastTrack Do For Your Business?

Microsoft FastTrack has been specifically designed to reduce the deployment and adoption time scales so that organizations can move to the cloud quickly and efficiently.

Since its launch in 2014, 60,000 customers have been enabled, 52,000 success plans have been created and 12.6 PB of data has been migrated, achieving the following results:

  • On average, customers saved 1 month by leveraging FastTrack
  • 29% improvement from a faster “time to value” from Office 365 suite capabilities
  • Reduced cost from migrating files and email from competitive as well as on-prem platforms
  • Lower training costs*

How Does Microsoft FastTrack Work?

FastTrack has established a deployment methodology to accelerate and streamline the effort to onboard customers across Microsoft 365 and Azure.

Your journey starts by completing a Success Plan to better understand what a successful deployment looks like and define how you’ll achieve your goals.

The success plan will help you assess where your organization stands and identify what actions should be taken before, during, and after the deployment. If any actions are identified as critical before deployment, Softlanding will help you remediate any issues.

When the issues are resolved, the FastTrack team is ready to work with you to enable your cloud solution(s). Driving user adoption is the last step in the process and FastTrack will help you increase user adoption to maximize your investment.

Microsoft Solutions We Cover In Our FastTrack Services

 

Productivity (Office 365)

  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Microsoft 365 Apps
  • Teams
  • Yammer
  • Microsoft Information Governance
  • Microsoft Information Protection
  • Office 365 ATP

 

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Defender ATP
  • App Assure

Through the App Assure benefit FastTrack will provide guidance to customers who face compatibility issues when deploying Windows Virtual Desktop*

 

Security (EMS)

  • AADP (Azure Active Directory Premium)
  • Azure Information Protection
  • Intune
  • Cloud Attach

Why Softlanding For FastTrack?

As a Microsoft Gold partner and a FastTrack Ready partner, Softlanding provides your organization with end-to-end service and follows a proven methodology to ensure you have a smooth migration and successful adoption of the solution with your users.

In addition, our broad range of skills can assist you with additional services such as architecture, strategy, project management  and managed services no matter where you are in your cloud transformation journey. We use the same Microsoft technologies as our clients so our approach helps us ensure your have the solutions you need to achieve your goals and maximize your IT investment.

Eligibility

FastTrack is available at no additional cost as part of your eligible subscription:

  • 150+ licenses: Ongoing access to FastTrack specialists, technical guidance and best practices
  •  500+ licenses: Data migration

Want to learn more about FastTrack? Book a free 30-minute consultation with our expert.

 

*A Forrester Total Economic ImpactTM study commissioned by Microsoft, October 2017. The study involved 125 global customers who deployed Office 365 over the past two years.

Caroline Blivet
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Caroline Blivet

As Softlanding's Marketing Lead, Caroline and is responsible for driving lead generation, developing a go-to-market strategy and, delivering marketing campaigns. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys hiking the beautiful trails of British Columbia.

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