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We’ve been contacted by many organizations that can’t justify the annual licensing costs for Jive. This is especially true considering many already have Microsoft 365, which includes Teams and Viva Engage for collaboration and SharePoint for communication. Because of our experience, we’re able to help build the business case for migrating from Jive to Microsoft 365.

These conversations have been focused primarily on Intranets – the sites that internal employees use for communication.  Jive used to be a dominant player in building external communities, but now Microsoft has really upped its game when it comes to Intranets and collaboration.

There are several additional business reasons beyond paying for both Jive and Microsoft 365. They include:

Business Reasons to Migrate


Speed of Innovation

For many years, Jive was able to run rings around SharePoint because of the three year update cycle of SharePoint.  Three years is an eternity when it comes to collaboration, especially social.  Now that Microsoft has fully embraced the cloud, they roll out updates to Microsoft 365 as fast as anyone. For any doubters, take a look at the roadmap below. You’ll see hundreds of items in development and hundreds currently rolling out.

Clear Roadmap

The sales tactic of, “It’s coming in an upcoming version (and it doesn’t come for years),” is no longer being employed.  Kudos to the Microsoft 365 team for putting out a clear roadmap – I haven’t seen this level of transparency from a software company.

Office Anywhere

Microsoft has been putting out solid versions of Office on iOS and Android.  They are embracing other platforms and this strategy is succeeding.  Employees can BYOD and Microsoft is enabling their productivity – regardless of their choice of device.

CEO Clarity

Even though this quote is a decade old, it amazingly still holds. Microsoft has never been more focused than it is now. Quote from Satya Nadella (TechCrunch Nov 2014 article) –

I just think about three things. There are a few other efforts we do, and I’ve been very clear about those efforts and why they exist and why we are proud of them. But, there are three products in all of this. There is Windows, there is Microsoft 365, and there is Azure. That’s it. Everything else to me is, of course, you can call them features, you can call them parts of that, and even there there’s complexity. Do we need to tame it make sure that we’re not inundated by lots and lots of things? But, from a business model, from what moves the needle for both usage and our revenue, those are the three big things that we are very, very focused on.

What would you add to this list?

We would love to hear form you. Leave a comment below if there are other reasons you would add to the business case for migrating from Jive to Microsoft 365.


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