Client background:

US Based Apparel player having approx. 150 outlets. It specializes in its own niche brand plus other brands. Has online as well as store based presence. They had an in-house Data Centre and Saksoft worked with them to identify areas of IT optimization, develop Cloud plans, and then migrate.

Business Challenge

  • Existing On-Premise Exchange 2010 environment (2 servers) had performance and stability issues

  • Detailed Architecture was not available, Support was not available, OPEX and CAPEX costs were high

  • There was no DR, Moreover Exchange 2010 Environment was supposed to go EOL in 2020

  • Approx.. 475 users were hosted with on premise AD sync, User Mailbox and critical backups were not managed properly

Business Solution

  • Performed a detailed discovery of the Environment

  • Proposed O365 Exchange Online solution, Designed the solution to migrate

  • Hybrid Migration solution was proposed

  • Business criticality and existing environment stability considered for Hybrid solution

  • Proposed AD integration with O365 with Azure AD connect and SSO capability for 475 users


  • Designed the Migration Phases keeping in view Business and IT criticality

  • Integrated Azure AD connect with om-premise AD for authentication

  • Setup the required O365 tenant and customized the on premise environment

  • Leveraged Microsoft default stack and best practices to migrate all the mailboxes

  • Total mailbox size was close to 6 TB

Business Benefits

  • Successfully delivered the assignment with cost benefits, completely from offshore
  • Seamless migration without major issues
  • Migration was completed in 3 weeks as part of the overall project duration of 7 weeks
  • Tangible savings of around 25% observed in terms of mailbox consolidation, archival, and costs
  • Best practices were implemented.
  • Phased wise migration strategy and roll out plan was highly appreciated
  • No impact to their core business which was happening through their stores