There are a whole host of third-party products offering meaningful ways to improve Microsoft Office 365, from migration to security to monitoring and beyond. Here are some of the top picks from the Office 365 third-party ecosystem and how they might suit your needs.
1. CodeTwo migration and backup
CodeTwo Office 365 Migration is one of a number of tools and services available to ease the process of migrating legacy environments to Office 365. It offers mailbox and public folders migration, plus offline mailbox backup and restore.
2. BitTitan MigrationWiz
BitTitan has a number of products to help with Office 365 migration: MigrationWiz for data migration, UserActivation for onboarding, DeploymentPro for configuring Outlook clients and DataEncryption for automatic encryption of messages. All solutions are cloud-based and support migration from on premises Exchange 2003+, Zimbra, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, Google Apps, and others.
3. Binary Tree E2E/CMT
Binary Tree offers products to help migrate from on-premises Exchange, plus Lotus Notes and Domino. E2E Express and E2E Complete are available for Exchange to Office 365 migrations, with 'Express' aimed at small businesses and 'Complete' aimed at large enterprise customers. Lotus Notes and Domino migrations are performed using a variety of Binary Tree tools, including CMT for Exchange.
For SharePoint migrations, it’s worth considering Sharegate, a tool that allows organisations to migrate site collections, sites, subsites, lists, libraries, views, workflows and more. It offers ‘bottomless migration’ so you don’t have to worry about every gigabyte.
5. Riverbed SteelHead SaaS
RiverBed’s SteelHead SaaS aims to eliminate network efficiency woes that can frustrate users working with cloud-based solutions like Office 365. It improves performance via WAN optimisation and sits within Microsoft’s data centres to help accelerate deliver to users but with less bandwidth.
6. ENow Mailscape
One of the standout monitoring and reporting tools for Office 365, especially for hybrid environments, is ENow Mailscape. It’s easy to deploy, suitable for hybrid and full-cloud setups and provides real-time monitoring to ensure services are available, including network components, directory, mail clients, mobile devices and so on.
7. Kaseya 365 Command
Kaseya’s 365 Command is a cloud-based tool for gathering and analysing data and reporting for Office 365. The tool uses HTML5 rather than PowerShell scripts so provides great graphical return. It also offers reporting for OneDrive, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.
8. Exoprise CloudReady Monitor
Outages can cause serious angst for Office 365 users, so admins looking for help monitoring their Office 365 environments should check out Exporise’s CloudReady Monitor. It provides cloud-based application performance monitoring for any SaaS application, including Office 365, Google Apps, Salesforce, Dropbox, and so on.
9. Citrix Enterprise Mobility
Microsoft does offer mobile device management for Office 365 but it’s still worth looking at enterprise-grade third-party MDM solutions offering a greater set of control features. Citrix Enterprise Mobility helps you manage and secure a compliant mobile fleet, increasingly important in the world of cloud and BYOD.
10. Sangoma Express for Lync
Lync Online (now Skype for Business) provides some solid features for Office 365 like IM, presence, videoconferencing, screen sharing and file transfer. But it doesn’t include telephony connectivity beyond SfB-to-SfB in-network calls. This is where Sangoma’s Express for Lync comes in, an all-in-one server appliance that includes everything needed to stablish an on-premises connection to enable enterprise voice for Office 365 users.