How to Move E-mail to the Cloud: 7 Planning Tips

Cloud computing providers can take enterprise e-mail off your to-do list, but how can you ensure a smooth transition? Forrester Research shares seven best practices.

E-mail is arguably one of the easiest apps to move to the cloud, yet some CIOs remain hesitant to hand e-mail over to a third-party cloud-based e-mail provider such as Microsoft, IBM or Google, says a new report from Forrester Research.

Half of the 934 SMB and enterprise IT decision-makers surveyed for the report say they're "not interested" in adopting hosted e-mail.

However, pressure is mounting to drive down costs by moving parts of a company's IT infrastructure to the cloud, according to Forrester. Despite the 51 percent of survey respondents who are holding on to e-mail, 46 percent are either interested in or plan to move e-mail to the cloud in the next year?

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