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Planning for a Future With Office 365: Parity or Disparity With On-Premises Software?

Published: 24 March 2015

ID: G00273278

Analyst(s): Ken Agress


By adopting a cloud-first strategy for Office development, Microsoft is forcing enterprise IT professionals to consider whether parity between cloud-based services and server-based alternatives will be maintained. Prepare strategies to address both parity and disparity going forward.

Table Of Contents



  • Why Parity and Disparity Matter
  • The Roadmap Has Not Been Clear
  • Perspective Is Part of the Problem
  • Office 365 Evolution Makes a Short-Term Focus Risky
  • The Risk — Disconnected Solutions With Limited Business Value
  • Treat Server and Office 365 Versions as Different Products
  • Adopt a Cloud-First Approach to Office 365
  • Plan for Regular, Recurring Functional Audits


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