As an organization that helps businesses throughout Switzerland with SharePoint and Office 365 implementations, IOZ uses SharePoint heavily internally. With 50 users accessing the platform, the company collaborates on all documents and information related to projects and customers in SharePoint. “SharePoint is one of our main systems at IOZ,” said Daniel Schnyder, Director of Software Development and Product Management at IOZ. “With 90 percent of our data in the environment, it is crucial that SharePoint is always up and running.”
An early adopter of Microsoft technologies, IOZ decided to move its SharePoint content from SharePoint Server 2010 to Office 365 – SharePoint Online. The company wanted to access enhanced platform features offered through Microsoft’s cloud including the Office Delve search tool, video portals, and groups. For external users, IOZ felt extranet scenarios and project spaces were easier to implement in SharePoint Online. “At IOZ, we like to implement the latest technology internally so we can better support our customers,” Schnyder said. “Office 365 offered great new features as well as deeper integration between SharePoint and other products such as Lync and Dynamics CRM than SharePoint on premises offered.”
Experts in Office 365 and SharePoint technologies, IOZ knew that Microsoft does not provide native functionality to easily migrate content from on-premises SharePoint to SharePoint Online. “We could copy and paste data from one environment to the other, but then we would lose important information such as version history and metadata,” Schnyder said. “We also wanted to clean up and restructure our data upon migration, which was not possible with Microsoft’s out-of-the-box tools.”
To perform a successful migration, IOZ began to investigate third-party solutions.