Among the companies it considered, NFC chose AvePoint – the Microsoft Cloud expert – to build its new intranet portal on Office 365 and carry out its SharePoint Online migration. “AvePoint demonstrated a very good understanding of where our intranet was and where we needed it to go,” said Daniel. “The team presented us with an iterative approach to rolling out our new intranet, which would help us better engage users and stakeholders along the way.”
AvePoint supported NFC at all stages of the intranet project – including requirement analysis, solution design, UI/UX design, data migration, and implementation. “AvePoint’s team was always focused on delivering what our end users needed,” said Daniel. “They have been a very supportive partner throughout our Office 365 intranet upgrade. Their expertise helped us deliver the project on schedule and within budget.”
In total, AvePoint’s team used the company’s DocAve Software to migrate 480 gigabytes (GB) of data on SharePoint 2007 directly to Office 365. In addition to moving data efficiently and outside of business hours to limit disruption, AvePoint worked with users to identify what data needed to be moved to the new system so no redundant information was carried over. “AvePoint did all the heavy lifting for our migration and made it seamless for our end users,” said Daniel.
In building NFC’s new intranet on Office 365, AvePoint utilised key SharePoint Online features to meet the organisation’s goals:
- Engaging Staff: A hub for organisational updates, social media feeds with photo galleries, and a customised interface with links to the most relevant apps for each user
- Enabling collaboration: Shared resources across the network, project sites, and co-authoring abilities
- Empowering Staff: Improved search functionality, providing access to the right information at the right time
To support Chinese-speaking users, AvePoint was also able to set up a bilingual environment that would display in the user’s preferred language based on his or her Active Directory profile.
After completing the project, AvePoint helped NFC roll out the new CampusNet. The immediate feedback was positive. “Our users noted that it was easy to search for the documents they needed and the availability of Chinese language support was welcomed by our Chinese teachers,” said Daniel. “Based on the initial response, we are confident that we will achieve a good level of user adoption. The new CampusNet will enable us to tap on the collective wisdom of our staff members.”