With their SharePoint 2007 environment reaching the end of life for Microsoft support, the Bank of Hawaii decided to migrate their 2,300 users to SharePoint 2013. This would create deeper integrations within their collaboration ecosystem and maximize their use of Word and Outlook 2013 Bank of Hawaii knew there was no direct path from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2013 using native solutions. It was also imperative to avoid the business disruption and costs that would occur with a “double jump” across SharePoint versions from 2007 to 2010 and then to 2013. As a result, Bank of Hawaii decided to examine third-party tools that could help with their migration.
“We chose AvePoint because obviously they’re a leader in the SharePoint space and have a wealth of knowledge and any time we engaged them they were happy to demonstrate that knowledge in a way that was really useful for us,” said Bank of Hawaii Vice President of Information Technology, Kevin Byrne.
“Even though we knew they were selling something it never really felt like that, it just felt like they were telling us the right way we should go about things and always seemed to be customer-focused with our best interest at heart.”
The Bank of Hawaii also had unique SharePoint customizations that it wanted to preserve in its migration and found AvePoint tools could assist with those customizations.
“Other vendors were selling just part of the solution and we didn’t like that. We wanted one vendor to help us with the whole thing, or else it would’ve been a large management headache for us,” said Kevin.
The Bank of Hawaii also wanted to replace their Microsoft FrontPage intranet solution with a custom SharePoint portal to improve their internal communications.