When people think about a SharePoint migration, many of them focus their thoughts on the technical act of moving sites and content from one environment to another. This is generally viewed as a job for the SharePoint administration team, outside of the purview of end users and business owners.
The fundamental flaw in this thinking is that SharePoint is not so much a technical platform, as it is a business platform that uses technology to solve business problems. Administrators who’ve deployed successful SharePoint systems understand the difference between approaching SharePoint from a purely technical viewpoint (let’s just make sure it works) and approaching SharePoint from a more business-oriented perspective (let’s also make sure that it’s effective).
The good news is that migration to SharePoint 2010 or 2013 gives administrators the opportunity to re-evaluate their overall SharePoint environment and helps ensure that it’s not just technically working, but that it’s well utilized and producing the results that the organization had in mind when it was first implemented.
The key to this is recognizing that the bulk of a migration project happens—or should happen—well before the technical move. And that it entails planning that closely involves the business owners and end user communities. Saying “no” to a purely IT-led, move-it-through-brute-force migration gives you the opportunity to fix what’s broken, improve what works, and use the opportunity to transform your overall SharePoint environment to better meet your operational goals.
Migrations can be complex and multi-layered activities with many different points of failure. With careful and thorough planning and preparation, your current or legacy SharePoint environment can be transformed when you migrate into your new environment, helping you fully realize the value of your SharePoint investment.
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Study after study has shown that the majority of IT projects fail, due primarily to their general lack of planning. Following this pattern, SharePoint migrations are often viewed as a technical activity, and not given the time or resources for proper planning. Shouldn’t migration of your SharePoint environment—with its customer and business-critical data—be treated among the highest of priorities? The right migration solution should provide visibility, support iterative activities, and give you complete control over your data and your schedule.
The best way to successfully migrate your SharePoint environment is to discover what you’re up against, plan your strategy ahead of time, and then migrate your environment on your own terms. Axceler is the leading provider of products for SharePoint migration.
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