With SharePoint 2013 in the market, along with a plethora of good reviews, organizations bucking up for SharePoint Migration is not a surprise. SharePoint 2013 brings along a set of goodies that might just help you organize your business better.
At the same time, jumping on to migration, without proper planning and coordination could also turn out to be a not so good idea. No two minds in the fact that SharePoint 2013 upgrade has come with its own set of benefits, yet, it is also essential to be calculative while initiating the Migration process. Below are a few tips that could be very helpful while planning the migration.
Just because there is a new toy in the market, doesn't necessarily mean there is a need for migration to the same. Weigh the option of:
Once you have decided to Migrate to SharePoint 2013, analyse the system requirements from your end. Take it as an individual project and critically go through all the pre-requisites.
Check if your organization requires any customization in the SharePoint 2013 Migration. Some of the areas of Customization can be:
Do you plan to do it all at once or it is a phase by phase planning?
Planning to complete the entire migration set up in go can be time consuming, rendering your users handicapped of some critical data until the process is complete. Though the migration process can easily be carried out post office hours, it may cause some inconvenience, especially in the 24*7 working environment. Conducting the migration process step by step might help you prevent the disturbance in work flow.
IT Infrastructure and development costs really high these days. Unless, you have allocated a proper budget for each and every minor requirement of migration, it can end up causing more troubles. Treating the SharePoint migration as a key individual project and organizing scheduled cost inputs for the same is essential for smooth migration.
It is not possible for that single IT guy in the office to carry out the entire migration process. A team of skilled techie personnel is required for the entire project. A qualified Microsoft Partner can also be consulted to assist in the migration.
Test upgrade the SharePoint 2013 using Beta bits if available before finally implementing the system. Validate the upgrade from time to time, whenever available.
Communicate properly with the end user regarding the migration. Upgrading to a new system has its own pros and cons. Provide a proper technical training to the users to avoid difficulties and make the most out of your upgrade!
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