You knew that eventually Microsoft would get all its updates released to allow users to transition their messaging infrastructures to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 from Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2007. Additionally, we've entered the final year of even extended support for Exchange 2003. I suspect lot of companies are now seriously investigating their migration scenarios. So the latest news from migration specialists Binary Tree comes at a great time.
Today, Binary Tree announced the acquisition of ManageRED Software, a company with a range of Active Directory (AD) and Microsoft server migration products. Steven Pivnik, CEO of Binary Tree, is quoted in the company press release to say, "The acquisition of ManageRED's Active Directory products enables us to further enhance our migration offerings while expanding our SMART initiative with technology that enables customers and our partners to leverage solutions that further simplify a migration."
Although Binary Tree isn't making any specific product announcements at this time -- we'll have to wait for June and Microsoft TechEd for that, no doubt -- this acquisition certainly enhances an already successful migration portfolio. And with the extra focus on AD migration, we can hope to see some of the peripheral headaches around Exchange migrations become that much easier. ManageRED's CEO Akos Sandor will be joining Binary Tree's Office of the CTO group to help integrate ManageRED's technology into Binary Tree.
Last year, Binary Tree began promoting its SMART Migration Methodology, a system of best practices for messaging migrations based on the company's 20 years of working with customers in this realm. One of the elements the company sees changing is that companies need to be prepared for continuous transitions, rather than the big upgrade cycles taking place every 3 or 4 years. As Microsoft focuses more on its cloud services and shifts to smaller incremental updates instead of major service packs, this strategy seems fairly sound.
You can read more about Binary Tree's SMART methodology in the free white paper "The Evolution of Exchange Migrations: From One-Time Events to Continual Transformations," which also includes a guide to "Planning for Exchange 2013" by Tony Redmond. And if you're interested in more information about the ManageRED acquisition, you can find it on Binary Tree's website.
Meanwhile, if you've got an Exchange migration planned for this year, I'd love to hear about it. What are you moving from and to? What tools, if any, are you using to assist with the migration? Are you making other upgrades in conjunction, such as Lync or Windows Server? Leave a comment below or send me an email and let's talk about the transition.