I recently had the opportunity to author an article for Computerworld NZ highlighting the steps an organization should take to ensure a successful SharePoint 2013 migration.
Migrating to SharePoint 2013 opens the door to a variety of advanced features for collaboration, but can also pose roadblocks in transitioning away from your former environment. To transition effectively, a thorough study of your current environment is necessary to determine the next steps. In the article, I explain the ins and outs of a successful migration, and examine key questions for pre-migration. These questions include:
- What is the state of your current collaboration platform? Have a good overview of documents, network and hardware infrastructure, user mapping, security directory and implementation, and interactions with other systems.
- How much content needs to be migrated? Consider the amount of content residing in your current environment, including documents, images, pages, the number of versions for each object, and content hosted on external file shares. Understanding the totality of your content will help you size up your destination environment.
- What is the level of customization in your current environment? This question is most applicable for migrations from previous SharePoint versions to SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online. A migration can become more complex when it involves existing customizations, such as graphical and branding elements or those related to third-party tools.
- What level of technical requirements are necessary for migration? Technical requirements are not an issue once the auditing of the current environment has been carried out. However, the level of functional requirements will often impact the duration of the pre-migration phase.
A thorough assessment will help you avoid potential migration issues and ease your transition into SharePoint 2013.
To read more about successfully migrating to SharePoint 2013 and the key questions to ask, please visit Computerworld NZ.