Office 365 high level roadmap

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​Hello Everyone,
Does any of you have suggestions as to how Office 365 Implementation Roadmap should look like on a very high level?
We’d like to implement services, such as Exchange Online, Office Online, SharePoint and Teams as part of the project, and I wonder if there are any dependencies between those services (e.g. can we implement SharePoint before we enable Office Online; or can we implement Teams before we migrate to Exchange Online). And also what other areas we should be considering as part of the implementation roadmap?Thanks a lot!

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Natalia Dashevska
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
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Natalia,

I always recommend start with Exchange as it underpins a LOT in M365.  Office online can then be a pretty easy 2nd.  Whether you then deploy Teams or SPO, and more importantly HOW, is a much more involved discussion.

 

Aria

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Can you implement teams without SPO? That’s where teams will store its documents/files…As I understand the environment, there are numerous limitations on Exchange and O365 when you roll them out first:
1) You can’t implement effective governance around limiting attachments without SPO/OneDrive since they woul​d be where you link back to if you restrict them – ie, you can’t prevent people from creating attachments instead of links without being able to use an SPO/Teams/OneDrive link.
2) You can’t implement collaboration on documents (and autosave) without SPO / OneDrive as those features only work when using those facilities (you need the versioning capabilities built into them).As Lorne mentioned, designing your information architecture so you can deploy SPO is much more involved than setting up exchange.

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Peter Rahalski, CIP
Information Solutions Architect
EXCELLUS HEALTH PLANS
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Thanks a lot for your feedback Peter!​

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Natalia Dashevska
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
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Hi,

I certainly agree that information architecture (IA) is critical.  A good IA can be the difference between a solution (in this case SharePoint, etc.) that is widely used and one that “sits on the shelf.” Good IA should improve content searchability (and the search experience) for users and improve information governance for the organization.  This can lead to better compliance and reduced information risks.
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Amitabh Srivastav, PMP, CIP, IGP
VP, Operations & Governance
HELUX
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Peter,

You’re not wrong.  However, there is “using SPO in the background because you have to” and then there is implementing SPO.  I should have been more clear about my meaning.  That is what I was inferring with the emphasized “how”.

 

Aria

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