Slack to Microsoft Teams Migration Best Practices for MSPs & IT Admins

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Slack to Microsoft Teams Migration is an important project for any organization. The entire migration process can be quite daunting, especially if you have many channels and users. MSPs and IT Admins of a business might worry whether the effort of switching to Teams is worth it or not. 

Give a quick read to the Slack to Teams migration guide developed for IT admins to understand the migration process in detail.

But before you start migrating from Slack to Teams, follow the ten best practices discussed here in this article to make the migration process much smoother for your business.

1. Decide Which Slack Data You Need to migrate

The first step is to decide which data you need to migrate to plan a successful migration from Slack to Teams. 

  1. Workspaces
  2. Channels
    a. Public Channels
    b. Private Channels
  3. Direct Messages

All data you can migrate depends on your Slack to Teams migration service provider. Few migrations services limit what can be migrated. For example, they can migrate only channels and their data.

2. Choosing the Right Slack to Teams Migration Tool

Data management is critical for any organization to function effectively in today’s business world. So, move all your Slack business data to Microsoft Teams and ensure your employees can access all of it.

Choose a tool that can migrate all the Workspaces, Channels, and Direct Messages with all the data associated with it, such as:

  • Users
  • Chat
  • Emojis
  • Timestamps/metadata
  • @mentions
  • Videos
  • Files (documents, sheets, slides, etc.)
  • Replies
  • Attachments
  • Threads
  • Pinned messages
  • Group messages

Read the top 5 things to know before you sign up for a Slack to Teams migration tool

3. Ensure User Provisioning is Done Before Initiating the Migration

As per Microsoft terms, users should log in at least once to their accounts to migrate their data from Slack to MS Teams. So, before you go for the migration, make sure all the members of your team have Microsoft accounts and are provisioned.

4. Map Source and Destination User Data Appropriately

The most critical step of migrating from Slack to Teams is transferring data to the right person without any mismatch. Mapping is simple when the user Ids in the source and destination are the same, as the CloudFuze tools automatically map the users with identical Ids.

When there are changes in the destination email ids, you need to make sure that you map the users correctly using CSV mapping.

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5. Migrate External User Conversations

The team would have communicated and collaborated with external partners to gather the required information. This helps them develop a better understanding of the given business problem and develop an effective solution. So, make sure the tool/service provider you have chosen also migrates external user data.

6. Decide Whether to Migrate a Slack Channel as a Team or Sub-Channel in Teams

The organization of the channels in Teams is different from that of Slack.
Slack Vs Microsoft teams

If you want to either edit or rename the channel or migrate it as a sub-channel in a team, make sure you do it while migrating the data using CloudFuze Slack to Teams migration tool.

Slack to Microsoft Teams Sub channels

Read more to understand how to edit the Slack channel name and migrate it as a sub-channel to Teams while setting up the migration.

7. Leverage Migration Service Provider Support

Migrating from Slack to Teams is complex and potentially risky. Trying to execute it on your own could lead to various problems such as data breaches, mismatching the data, etc. So, it would be better to take help from experts in your Slack to Teams migration project right from the start.

Contact now and take help from data migration experts.

8. Conducting a Live Migration Test

Businesses can’t afford data loss if something goes wrong during the migration. Irrespective of how experienced the migration service provider you choose, run multiple Slack to MS Teams data migration tests to ensure that you will eventually achieve the desired outcome.

Schedule a live demo with one of our migration specialists at your convenience!

9. Ensure That Admin Is Part of All Private Channels

Admin credentials can be used to migrate from Slack to MS Teams. The admins in Slack will not have access to the private channels unless they have been added to them.

Usually, a third-party tool can migrate all the user’s data allied with the admin account. So, make sure that admins are part of the private Slack channels to be migrated.

10. Train Your Teams on Microsoft Teams

Finally, to ensure a smooth transition from Slack to Teams, your team must be trained on Microsoft Teams. This is because collaboration platforms are sometimes difficult to understand and can’t be assumed that users will readily accept or use a different platform. Users may require additional in-depth training and orientation with the new tool.

CloudFuze can help your company with smooth migration from Slack to Microsoft Teams. Talk to the migration experts directly to know how our migration solutions can help you move your business data with zero loss.

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