The high cost of Microsoft’s free migration tools

Is your enterprise ready to roll out Microsoft Office 2010? Then you may be considering Microsoft’s free tools to prepare and migrate the deployment environment.

When it comes to assessing and preparing the IT environment of organizations for deployment, Microsoft provides a free set of tools including Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) and the Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM). Microsoft also provides the following tools, Office Customization Tool and the Microsoft Deployment kit to assist IT with customization.

What is the benefit of the MAP tool for Office 2010 migration? The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit will check your environment and assess whether it is ready for the deployment by performing three main functions: technologies inventory, compatibility analysis, and readiness reporting. It’s an automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for desktop migrations, as well as server and cloud migrations.

OMPM can help IT professionals assess the compatibility of older Office documents (.doc, .xls, etc.) to the newer OpenXML formats (.docx, .xlsx, etc.). Using OMPM will prevent problems with broken files that may work after migration, and lower your business productivity.

From a technical point of view, Microsoft’s suite of free tools are not the most effective choice, since it requires IT to process files twice—once for scanning and once for conversion to Office 2010, and then open and scan each file individually to ensure that they migrated successfully.

To accelerate their migration process, enterprises are increasingly turning to ConverterTechnology’s OfficeConverter 2010. With OfficeConverter files only need only be scanned once, and their remediation is made automatically. This enables IT professionals to prioritize and remediate files fast, and gives enterprises a competitive edge in the migration process.

If your enterprise is planning both an OS and application deployment, Microsoft recommends the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) be used to manage this type of deployment. As an alternative, ConverterTechnology’s Migration Readiness Suite offers complete application solutions to assist organizations with Windows readiness assessment and upgrades. Each component of the suite may be used independently or as a part of a complete project methodology. From Executive Dashboard, Project Execution and Management to detailed reporting, ConverterTechnology offers a complete solution suite that can dramatically reduce the deployment risk factors and shorten the windows deployment cycle.