Microsoft 365 Business Support

Professional Support for Migrating to the Leading IT Solution for Business.

Increase user productivity, organisational security and scalability through a Microsoft 365 migration.

Why Migrate Your Business To Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is a cost effective, industry leading IT solution that offers improved productivity, security, and scalability for your business with a proven ROI track record across multiple market sectors.

The post-pandemic shift to remote work has prompted many businesses to finally embrace the cloud, and the major benefits of migrating to Office 365/Microsoft 365 can be broken down into three key categories:

1. Productivity - 2. Security - 3. Scalabilty

1. End-user productivity

In any organisation, communication is vital. Within office Microsoft 365 team communication and file sharing between users both inside and outside of the organisation is simple, secure and instant across multiple device types.

Telephony systems, internal and external video calls, instant messaging and email are all possible 24/7 365 days a year with countless additional features to increase productivity and improve workflow.

The availability of all the latest office apps to every user makes programs and file types consistent and compatible throughout your organisation.

Email migration to the Microsoft Exchange Servers as part of the M365 solution provides piece of mind that important emails from your business domain are hitting inboxes and not junk folders through a verified safe sender policy.

For individual users access to their account is seamless across their chosen devices and even accessible anywhere in the world at any time through a web browser to give you the access your employees need.

Being able to jump seamlessly and securely between home laptops to office PC’s while using mobile in between is more important than ever in a world where remote and hybrid working is now the norm in many organisations.


2. Improved Security and Compliance

While cloud security presents its own challenges with cybercriminals constantly trying to break in, one of the primary benefits of migrating to Office 365/Microsoft 365 is patches are automatically deployed, ensuring your network is primed against threat vectors as they emerge – sparing the blushes of careless admins who may otherwise get caught out.

The nature of the beast means security will always be a concern, but the Microsoft cloud offers relative safety in the form of:

Threat protection: The Defender portal comprises anti-phishing features that identify email containing malware, immediately blocking delivery to greatly reduce the risk of zero-day exploits. The ‘prevention, detection and remediation’ model can boost your security posture.

Privacy controls: Various options enable you to safeguard privacy, such as blocking access from open Wi-Fi networks and setting expiration dates for links shared externally. Additionally, data is encrypted in both rest and transit, and you can remotely wipe content from lost or stolen devices.

Automatic MFA: The security default settings enable you to easily enforce multifactor authentication (MFA) – a process requiring users to confirm sign-in attempts via additional verification methods, such as receiving pin codes on phones. This significantly hardens your defence against brute-force attacks on usernames and passwords, while advanced conditional access policies can also be set.

Information governance: To prevent data loss, sensitivity labels can be applied to specific users, groups, or content. Access is controlled and actions such as email forwarding, printing, and copy and pasting can be blocked to maintain compliance and preserve confidential information. With global data centres, multi-geo data residency is also available.

On the issue of compliance, the cybersecurity risks of PST files are well-documented and it’s practically impossible to comply with data privacy regulations such as GDPR and CPRA if you have them in your environment. However, one of the major Office 365 perks is virtually unlimited mailbox storage, which negates the need for users to create PSTs to save email content on personal drives.

When considering the benefits of migrating to Office 365/Microsoft 365, the opportunity to upgrade PST data should not be overlooked. Centralizing these files enables compliance management, lowers the risk of security breaches and removes a huge burden from admins who often face calls to fix corrupt data. As such, it’s highly recommended to locate and migrate PST files as part of your move to the cloud.


3. Scalability and cost-efficiency

While the potential for improved productivity and security may be compelling, budgetary constraints can delay digital transformations. However, many organizations may have fallen into a ‘sunk cost fallacy’ – believing they need to stick with on-premises infrastructure because they’ve already invested heavily, even though moving could ultimately save money.

Various reports suggest the Microsoft 365/Office 365 ROI is comparably favourable, with a Forrester Total Economic Impact study advising a 135% return within three years.

When calculating the business benefits of cloud migration, it’s important to factor in:

Retiring legacy platforms: As you depart from on-premises networks, you’ll naturally see a reduction in server and energy costs. The need for ongoing maintenance will also be removed when migrating to Office 365/Microsoft 365, which is a significant bonus as legacy systems typically require specialist knowledge that is increasingly hard to find due to the changing landscape.

Scalability: Certainty over costs is one of the main Office 365 subscription benefits. You know precisely what to budget for and can customize plans to ensure each group has access to the best workloads for their roles. You can also scale up or down instantly, adding or removing licenses as business needs dictate – particularly useful if you experience rapid growth or seasonal fluctuations.

Support: As Microsoft gradually ends support for legacy Exchange servers, switching to the cloud will increasingly become a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ for most organizations. Support for Exchange 2013 is due to end in 2023, meaning it will become more exposed to security flaws as Microsoft dedicates greater attention to cloud services.

Data centralization: As regulated industries retain archive data for compliance, best practice has long been to store this content on third-party platforms – offsetting Exchange server restrictions. However, as virtually limitless storage is one of the key Office 365 benefits, it’s now economically viable to ‘bring your data home’ to Microsoft. A global cosmetics company estimates an 800% ROI by moving email archives to Office 365.

On the topic of archive centralization, migrating to Office 365 presents a chance to unify data governance practices by transforming journaled data into a cloud-friendly model.

The need for complete, immutable email records pre-dated Exchange storage capabilities, so content was typically offloaded to a journal repository. However, as Exchange Online offers in-place storage, it’s no longer necessary to maintain third-party journaling.

As such, moving to Exchange Online is the perfect time to convert journal archives into the modern, in-place format. The transformation process identifies the senders and recipients of each message, and places copies into a hidden portion of all associated mailboxes – effectively putting the data back where it belongs.

Ultimately, a journal archive migration can simplify eDiscovery and compliance while maximizing ROI, allowing you to retire legacy journaling in favour of cloud storage you’re already paying for.


How do I Migrate to Microsoft 365?

Here at ACIT Consultancy we offer full comprehensive support to businesses in making their migration to a new Microsoft 365 tenancy.

Our service package includes initial setup of your domain and user accounts, moving company data safely to the cloud, email migration to Microsoft servers, telephony configuration where required and user device organisation. Our role in the full tenancy setup is to both guide you in understanding the system as well as efficiently implementing your new IT solution. We also offer ongoing administration services to support you as your business grows.

With a wealth of experience in the IT sector we have the know how and skills to enable you to leverage the maximum potential from your M365 tenancy and achieve your gaols as a forward moving business.

What Customers Say About ACITC

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Craig ViljoenCraig Viljoen
19:34 22 Jul 22
Ash is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the products he installs. Nothing is too much of a hassle for him. Despite receiving... faulty equipment from the supplier it was never too much hassle for him to come back and reinstall the replacement equipment at no extra charge, despite the issues not being of his doing. I would definitely recommend his services without any hesitation!!read more
Louis JenkinsonLouis Jenkinson
18:14 21 Jul 22
Fantastic service. After having so many problems with internet providers over the years we finally have a fantastic solution, all thanks to... Ash at ACITC. Couldn't be more pleased, would recommend to anyone and more
Julie LewisJulie Lewis
06:33 16 Jun 22
Ash was very quick to respond totally fixed the problem - really great service
paul coodepaul coode
15:05 12 Jun 22
I am seriously impressed and am very grateful for Ash’s quick response to my situation - the results are breathtaking. I cannot recommend... him enough. Thank you so very much !read more
Guy ChurchillGuy Churchill
16:41 17 May 22
Called Ash to ask him to sort out my Sky boxes, they were not meshing and my internet was constantly dropping out, he was able to provide a... solution meaning I could do away with the boxes and still have broadband and a fully working Sky, brilliant service and would definitely more
Jane SkipperJane Skipper
11:30 18 Mar 22
Ash was quick, competent and knowledgeable. Initially we had some problems with the internet dropping out persistently after install, but... Ash worked relentlessly to find and solve the problem at no extra cost. Now have far better provision than I’ve had before!read more
Rosie HawkridgeRosie Hawkridge
23:05 15 Feb 22
Really great service, our internet had completely stopped working and we were back up and running in a few hours with great speeds... throughout our very old house!read more
William LaceyWilliam Lacey
14:26 14 Feb 22
Ash has completed an excellent install and at no time did I feel pressured into accepting additional upgrades. His advice was always... extremely helpful in my decision making and his patience whilst I decided which route to go was exemplary. Highly recommend his more
Andy CurtisAndy Curtis
20:35 03 Feb 22
ACIT installed a 4G antenna in our farmyard where no broadband service was available. They were fast efficient and very professional
chris henrychris henry
17:45 01 Feb 22
Having battled to find a solution to rural rubbish Internet and with the pressure of 2 adults working from home and 4 kids who believe the... world ends without connectivity I set about finding a solution. I would love to enlighten you with the correct search term that found Ash but if you’re reading this then it’s moot anyway. I left a message he called back same day and we chatted through potential solutions. He does seem to know a fair bit. He pointed me at the Starlink option. Managed my concerns re latency etc but agreed to visit the next day to also explore 4g. I did my own research and realised I could get Starlink straight away which it’s rare. He still visited. We talked through options. He told me what it I needed and 6 days later I’ve gone from 7meg download & 1 Meg upload to 300meg and 18meg respectively. Is it Cheap? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Ash came out and helped install it. Sorted out the router location etc. Best money I’ve spent and not just on the kit but on more
annie coxannie cox
12:05 22 Jan 22
Ash was prompt, professional and friendly. He explained the job well: clearly and well-matched to my level of expertise. His work was... speedy and tidy, and very reasonably priced. I will definitely use him more
Jamie BachelorJamie Bachelor
14:42 17 Jan 22
ACIT are a great outfit and Ash is always so informative and talks through all the work he does.It helps for those of us who are not so IT... literate. He has in-depth knowledge and always has options/ solutions. I would recommend him to more
Michele HardimanMichele Hardiman
11:53 16 Dec 21
We used Ash at ACIT to set up our work computer and have been delighted with the results of our new computer system and the security. Ash... took the time to ensure we were able to operate it and continued to be there if we had any questions, often just checking in. We’ve been operating this for a year with great results. On a personal level I recently consulted about a laptop and found him to be extremely more
Oliver LewisOliver Lewis
14:57 26 Nov 21
Highly recommend ACIT. Ash carried out several surveys to evaluate 4G broadband in our rural location in Somerset. He was extremely... professional and knowledgable throughout and could not recommend highly enough. Thanks againread more
Simon BallantyneSimon Ballantyne
14:35 05 Nov 21
Ash and the ACIT team are great, they have looked after our IT systems for 4 years. They are highly trusted and can work against the high... cyber security demands we place on our systems and services.From Cloud and on Prem servers, network and Microsoft products Ash keeps us using best practice and our systems running more
James HaydenJames Hayden
10:30 05 Nov 21
Excellent service provided from Ash, can't fault him
Hab RHab R
05:01 28 Oct 21
Found Ash Cox through a web search for Somerset based IT assistance. quick to respond and came on site promptly as agreed (which is already... unusual).He quickly identified the issue proposed a number of solutions. I liked he was aware of budget concerns at all times.In the end we arrived at an excellent set up which was to resolve major shortcomings in speeds both to our (rural) premises and the network within and ironed out some small niggles promptly no fuss.Only concern is he explains things very fast but then again we are perhaps not that up to speed.Would recommend him more
Michael RedwoodMichael Redwood
11:24 26 Oct 21
Great experience with Ash. He is very knowledgeable, and responsive to all of our IT problems and his support to date has been excellent.... Would highly more
Tony WhiteTony White
20:13 22 Oct 21
We have struggled with dreadful broadband connectivity in a remote location until Ash delivered us a superb solution. It is giving us great... connectivity combining 2 providers with a high level of resilience at a affordable price. Ash gave great advice, delivered the solution quickly and continues to provide high quality support if required. Anyone with poor broadband and or difficult Wi-fi conditions should contact Ash, he will be the help you more
Sian CollinsSian Collins
13:52 22 Oct 21
Thanks very much to Ash for coming so quickly and providing accurate and professional advice on the best solution for our rural location... that has been without broadband for ages. Very knowledgable, friendly and helpful would highly more
Rob PhillipsRob Phillips
17:14 24 Sep 21
Great service has helped build my care company
John UnderwoodJohn Underwood
12:33 05 Sep 21
Very helpful and very knowledgeable. No pushy sales just straight forward guidance.Very highly recommended.
jon jamesjon james
15:07 01 Sep 21
For years we suffered with the blue circle of doom until we had no hair left. We called 'experts' who mostly just did not turn up until we... struck gold with Ash. He responded immediately and within a matter of days we had a plan to replace all three of our broadband's with a network based on starlink. Ash sourced everything we needed and came over to install . His knowledge of the equipment was second to none and within hours we had gone from speeds of 1 to 200 plus. Not only that he organised it so we could obtain this over our entire site - three separate buildings and a stable block! A thoroughly proficient and nice guy so much so he left us as a friend we thought we had known for years...a must!read more
Mike PalmerMike Palmer
09:40 16 Aug 21
I live in a remote area with appalling internet of sub 1mbps. Sky had told me no solution! I rang Ash who came out that same day and after... surveying the house and location said I could get decent 4G or Starlink. I decided to future proof speed and went with Starlink. The dish came within a week and Ash installed a few days later. I now have speeds in excess of 150 mbps! Throughout house and garden which is 1 acre. This is transformational for our tv viewing and homework etc. We owe Ash a huge thank you for all he has done for us! I would highly recommend his more
Beach junkeyBeach junkey
08:50 13 Aug 21
Ash absolutely put to bed years of BT rubbish internet. Being in a rural area, just 1mile from super fast broadband is frustrating &... expensive to bring in.Ash came and done a free survey and found we could get double figure speed via 4g. It was a no brainier. He connected us up, troubleshot the Sonos that was being awkward and has left us with great internet with very few interruptions. All hail Ash! A superstar🙌🏻 Will definitely use agin if needed for expanding. Cheers 👌🏻👌🏻Before & after pics below. Enough said 👏🏻read more
Richard BruceRichard Bruce
16:19 17 Jul 21
Ashley helped us obtain a decent internet service where all others failed. From prehistoric dial up speed to a reliable 20+Mb service.... Enough to keep us going until FTTP makes it into rural Somerset! Nothing to lose by having him round for a free site survey. Thanks Ashread more
Rupert Stuart-BakerRupert Stuart-Baker
13:59 03 Aug 20
Ash at ACIT Consultancy is excellent. He offers fantastic IT knowledge solutions, often bringing technology previously only available to... large global companies. We have implemented many of his recommendations allowing Beach Baker's team to work seamlessly from any location. We really value Ash as our chosen IT partner and would recommend his services to other more
Sam SummertonSam Summerton
11:28 29 Jul 20
Extremely competent and knowledgeable, quickly grasped our business needs and made helpful recommendations, quick response times and has... made major improvements. Would highly more
shaun davisshaun davis
11:10 29 Jul 20
We have been using AC IT Consultancy a few years now, During the time we have been using them they have always been helpful, prompt... Reliable and honest. They have been such a great asset to have at hand for on-premises support and were invaluable during the migration to hybrid systems. Their knowledge in network security, management and Microsoft 365 is second to none and has helped our business network move to the next level and saved us a lot of money and more
Soussan Hosseini-SechSoussan Hosseini-Sech
17:28 03 Feb 20
Very efficient timely service. Knowledgeable, friendly and good customer service. Highly recommend.

Why Use ACITC? It's Simple..

ACIT Consultancy offer a professional and hassle-free Microsoft 365 migration service which can transform the way
your business operates. With our team of dedicated IT professionals we have the knowledge and skills to deliver
a solution to our customers that really makes a difference.

With over 15 years of experience in Professional IT Solutions, we have the know how and skills to deliver a comprehensive M365 migration service.

We offer a free consultation to best understand your needs as a customer and guide you through each step of your migration.

In addition to supporting you through your migration we offer a range of ongoing support packages to assist your business when you need it most for complete peace of mind.

ACITC offers M365 packages for both office based and work from home business customers. Get in touch and we will advise the best migration solution for you.

If you are looking to increase your businesses productivity, improve company security or are looking for a scalable IT solution that can support your growth, get in touch with ACITC today for a no obligation consultation.

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