This week, Mimecast has been exhibiting and presenting at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover 2015, at ExCeL London.

The now seminal IT conference has, among other themes, certainly examined the practical impact of Office 365 adoption. With 70% of Fortune 500 companies having purchased Office 365 in the last 12 months and email being the key driver for customers’ move to Office 365, the adoption patterns are now part of everyday debates, presentations and forums in the world of IT.

And migration is certainly not simple - it’s a well-recognized reality that many companies evaluate Office 365 but hesitate to deploy. IT teams realize that putting all critical services with one provider presents a unique set of risks which, however, can be mitigated with the right planning. Organizations need flexibility while transferring critical services to the cloud, not a heart-stopping level of risk whenever outage alerts around Office 365 are made public.

HP O365

 I spoke on the subject on the first day of the conference - my presentation was titled ‘Office 365; risk or reward? Or both?’  In it, I go a step further than highlighting the risks to the health of businesses.

I put forward a case that, so dominant a trend is Office 365 adoption, that I believe it should already be considered critical infrastructure so that public services, and in particular defense, apply appropriate rigor when rolling out new IT infrastructure. If you couldn’t make the conference, you can see some more detail on my presentation here.

So whether you go fully cloud, hybrid or transition just some of your services, a commitment to cloud makes economic, management and strategic sense. However, moving to the cloud should never simply be a one stop shop solution – the risks are just too great.

So if you happen to be at Discover 2015, why not pop by our stand to find out more. You can find us at Booth #362.

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