With a staff of approximately 3,500 and offices spread worldwide, Husky implemented Microsoft SharePoint to house its corporate intranet. Nearly all of the company’s staff began to access the information stored within the intranet site, including employees working off-site with laptops. In addition to leveraging the platform as a way to store and share important, up-todate company information, Husky also used the platform to empower its employees with the means to collaborate more effectively. Team sites were created for all departments throughout the company, and employees were able to use SharePoint’s renowned collaboration functionality to track dayto-day team activities, and manage important ongoing projects.
As SharePoint adoption grew throughout the organization, Husky set up separate SharePoint farms for each of its global offices. The company’s intranet was accessed through a farm located in the headquarters in Bolton, Ontario, but team sites for each region were accessed through farms housed in their corresponding offices. To complicate matters further, each farm utilized different, and sometimes multiple, versions of SharePoint. The Bolton farm had instances of Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) 2003, Windows SharePoint Server (WSS) 2003, and SPS 2001, the farm in Milton, Vermont used WSS 2003, the farm in Luxembourg used WSS 2003, and the farm in Shanghai, China used both WSS 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007.
When Microsoft SharePoint 2010 was released, Husky administrators decided it was time to upgrade all of the company’s SharePoint environments to the new platform for its enhanced features, in addition to solving performance issues the company was encountering within certain environments. “We were overdue for an upgrade, and the release of SharePoint 2010 provided an ideal opportunity to get all of our environments on the latest version of the platform,” said Mike Kozai, IT Manager for Husky. “Our plan is to ultimately have all employees access the farm in Bolton, which will utilize Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint to make Husky’s SharePoint content even more accessible and easier to search for end-users.”
Husky administrators turned to consulting firm imason to carry out the migration project. imason focuses on working with the right technology tools and solutions to build innovative and compelling applications for Canada’s largest companies. “We’ve worked successfully with imason since 2002,” Kozai said. “They are our go-to company for SharePoint initiatives.”
Due to the multitude of environments across Husky’s farms, imason knew that a migration would not be possible with native tools alone, especially since those tools will not enable migration directly to SharePoint 2010 from platform releases prior to MOSS 2007. “In order to migrate from multiple legacy platforms at once and upgrade Husky’s environment with a minimal impact to its day-to-day business, we needed to find a third-party software solution to help us carry out the project efficiently and successfully,” said Cosmin Ovesia, Senior Consultant at imason.