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6 Must-Have Factors for a Sustainable SharePoint 2019 Migration Strategy

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Moving to the SharePoint Server 2019 platform isn’t a small feat. It requires a lot of planning and building a comprehensive strategy to ensure a smooth transition and manageable implementation. In many cases, it is helpful to work with a certified Microsoft Partner, like AvePoint, to ensure your organization has the support it needs every step of the way.

Microsoft partners have seen it all and therefore can help ensure your migration strategy is robust and effective. Every customer is different, but in general, any migration strategy should include the following.

1. Data Auditing

Identify which information should move to the new platform and which information can be removed from the system.

2. User Journey Analysis

Consider how users are working in SharePoint, which customizations are integral to the system, which training users might need to successfully navigate the new system, and which provisioning and governance rules should be in place.

3. Collaborative Planning

Involve stakeholders from across the organization in the initial planning discussions to ensure all user scenarios are considered and priority features are agreed upon.

4. Initial Testing

Start small by migrating some data and users to the new system to identify any missing functionality, anomalies with data and opportunities to improve the environment before a largescale roll out. Any users involved in testing can also serve as resources and advocates for the new system to minimize help desk requests.

5. Manageable Migration

No matter how much planning and mitigation is completed prior to the migration, it’s likely issues will arise. Be prepared to encounter some speedbumps along the way and have a plan to address these issues to avoid lengthy delays in your rollout.

6. Ongoing Oversight

Once the migration is complete, maintain oversight of the system to ensure content is being managed effectively, governance rules are being applied correctly and updates are implemented easily.

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