Mergers and Acquisitions

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This article outlines the considerations when Mimecast accounts need to be consolidated, or if a Mimecast customer has acquired another business and wants to integrate the email management services into their primary account.

If you're an Advanced Account Administration client, contact your Account Manager, as there are additional factors to consider outside of this documentation.

Mergers

 

When two Mimecast customer organizations merge, it is usually required that all archived data be transferred into one storage account. Customers choose this option in order to have a single archive, and to manage all internal users in one account. Later in this article, we will cover the considerations for extracting and importing data, and managing the user migration.

 

Acquisitions

 

When a Mimecast customer acquires a different organization, ingestion of their email data into the Mimecast archive, as well as the migration of users should be considered. It is common to require address rewriting for the secondary domain to the primary domain, among other options detailed below.

 

Considerations

 

Before making any changes, it is important to consider the end user experience and the migration of user data:

  1. Will new administrator roles be required?
  2. Are new internal domains going to be added?
  3. Will address rewriting be required? For example, user addresses should be name@companyA.com, but are currently name.surname@companyB.com.
  4. Will users be migrated gradually, or will they all be switched over in one batch?
  5. Is mailbox delegation required? For example, jsmith@companyA.com must still be able to access emails for john.smith@companyB.com.
  6. Should the policies currently in place for Company A users, be implemented for Company B users, or will there be a variation for the different user groups?
  7. Will the new users be migrated to the existing network directory and email server? Mimecast recommends reviewing the Connect process for the routing of emails.
  8. Should the user's legacy data be available in their personal Mimecast archive?

 

Answering these questions will assist you with the preparation and implementation steps outlined below.

 

Preparing Your Mimecast Account

 

Administrators

 

It may be necessary to add additional administrators to your main Mimecast account. For example, during a merger, the existing email administrator may need to continue in their role for the parent organization. For more information on configuring administrators and permissions, view the related article on roles. If required, training options are also available. Additionally, it is recommended to add new administrators to early warning alerts issued by Service Monitor.

 

Local Infrastructure

 

If additional infrastructure is being added or consolidated, you may need to adjust the items detailed in these articles:

 

Feature
Description
Managing Internal Domains For Advanced Account AdministrationThe domain names that will be controlled in your Mimecast account.
OutboundThe IP addresses or hostnames that transmit emails to Mimecast. You may need to adjust your email server settings to route emails to Mimecast.
Directory SynchronizationSynchronizing the users from the local directory.
JournalingArchiving of internal emails.
Delivery Routing PoliciesDelivering emails from Mimecast to your email servers.
Connect Process: Setting Up Your Inbound Email (at this preliminary stage, specifically MX Records)To route inbound emails to your Mimecast account, and lock down the firewall to only accept emails from Mimecast.

 

Policies and Groups

 

Your existing Mimecast account has a number of rules that apply to internal users. Once the new users are routing emails through your account, you may want to consider if the same rules apply to the new users, or if a different set of rules is required.

 

Many Policies are based on Mimecast groups or Active Directory groups. Adjustments to the policies or creation of new groups may be required.

 

Policies that should be considered are listed below. You can view the active policies for your account in the Consolidated Policy Viewer.

 

  1. Secure Receipt Policies / Secure Delivery Policies to encrypt connections with TLS or CCM.
  2. Anti-Spoofing Policies to prevent spoofing.
  3. Block Senders Policies
  4. Email Size Limits Policies
  5. Attachment Management Policies
  6. Spam Scanning Policies and Maintaining Digest Set Policies
  7. Configuring a Content Examination Policy and Document Services Policies
  8. Auto Response Policies
  9. Creating a Stationery Policy to brand emails and add disclaimers.
  10. Mimecast Synchronization Engine (MSE) - possible changes to Exchange, file archive, and instant message archive tasks.

 

User personal Policies could also be imported into Managed Senders.

 

User Migration

 

Once the preparations for your Mimecast account have been planned or implemented, it is important to consider how the user experience will be affected during and after the migration.

 

Address Alterations

 

Depending on the scenarios listed below, you may need consider different strategies. As an example, Company A (companyA.com) is merging with or has acquired Company B (companyB.com).

 

Scenario
Considerations
Migrating users keep their own domain name and email addressesThis is the simplest form of domain consolidation, as the new details are added to your Mimecast without requiring changes to user email addresses. The preparation steps listed earlier in this article must be considered in order to add the new users to your Mimecast account

Migrating users will be gradually migrated to new email addresses

 

OR

 

Migrating users have to immediately change their email addresses

The recommended practice for larger organizations is to migrate users in groups, as it allows administrators to control the migration without impacting all users at once. Mimecast recommends notifying the users of the impending changes before they take place.

 

The following elements should be considered:

All users will move to a unified domain name and new email addresses

The following elements should be considered:

 

Important note: Email addresses must always be unique. For example, when these email addresses exist:

 

A new address will need to be considered for one of the two users. For example:

 

This may also make it more challenging to give this migrated user access to their historical emails as described in mailbox delegation.

 

Data Migration

 

Users may expect to have access to their historical emails within their personal archive. As Ingestion takes place as a separate process and time frame, it is important to consider if:

  • it is acceptable that historical emails will become available gradually over a period of time.
  • it is required to make all available historical data available as soon as the users have been migrated.

 

Your Mimecast representative will consult with you to ensure that appropriate expectations are met. Ingestion services do not provide instant data transfer, and it may be some time before archived data is available for users.  For more information, view the The specified item was not found. space.

 

The prerequisites before ingestion can commence include:

  • Inbound, outbound and internal email flow needs to be fully archiving in the new account. For internal emails, the journal date must be identified.
  • Full details of the source and destination accounts must be included with the ingestion request.
  • The data to be migrated must be clearly defined (e.g. all internal domain user data or alternatively subsets of data).

 

Access to the data should also be considered, as outlined in the address alterations and mailbox delegation sections above.

 

If the amount of data to be transferred is significant, the old account may remain open for specified period of time. Once the cut-off date is reached, the account is closed and the data is no longer available in Mimecast.  You would be able to choose one of the following strategies for providing users with access to their personal archive during the time that the old account is available:

 

Strategy
Advantages
Disadvantages
Allow users to access their personal Archive in the old Mimecast accountUsers have access to their full historical Archive for their old email addressUsers will not see new emails being added to their old account Archive, as these are routed through their new email address
Allow users to access their personal Archive in the new Mimecast accountUsers have access to all emails for their new email address, including current emailsUsers will not have access to the Archived emails for their old address

 

Deploying User Applications

 

Now that users have been migrated, you can consider the deployment of Mimecast apps.

 

Application Settings must be configured to outline the permissions that users will have, and the features that will be made available to them. See the Application Settings article for more info.

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