How to Ensure That SharePoint Migration Is Successful?

If you have been using SharePoint 2010 for all these years, you would probably have realized by now that you need more advanced solutions.

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If you have been using SharePoint 2010 for all these years, you would probably have realized by now that you need more advanced solutions. While Microsoft has released SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016, and SharePoint 2019 after SharePoint Server 2010, the standout solution is probably SharePoint Online. You can upgrade to SharePoint Online with an Tenant to Tenant migration. By doing so, you will be able to collaborate better and generate better long-term gains.

What Is Meant by SharePoint Migration?

When you move your content from the existing implementation of a SharePoint Server to a new one, you have essentially performed a SharePoint migration. SharePoint Migration Services are available for upgrade from one on-premises version to another, from on-premises to SharePoint Online, and hybrid implementation. Let us understand the three different migration paths for SharePoint adoption.

What Are the Different Options Available for SharePoint Migration?

The migration path for organizations would depend on what their budget is and their collaboration requirements.

Opting for On-Premises Solution

Some organizations prefer to upgrade to a later version of SharePoint Server. This is particularly true of companies that have to adhere to strict compliance standards, have to customize their implementation, or have to replicate the architecture on a new SharePoint Server. This solution is best used when you are paranoid about the security of your data and have sufficient expertise and wherewithal to bear with the exorbitant costs involved in procuring, managing, and maintaining the infrastructure for such an implementation.

Moving from On-Premises SharePoint to SharePoint Online

Some organizations have become adopted cloud-native solutions such as Azure WVD. For such organizations, SharePoint Online is a much more pragmatic solution. They can access whatever they need from wherever they want without having to worry about maintenance and the costs of the infrastructure. Even smaller companies with a fraction of the budget required to maintain the infrastructure of the on-premises solution can take advantage of the powerful features of SharePoint Online. They need much smaller teams to maintain the system as updates are automatic, security is managed by Microsoft, and new features will be available as soon as they are released.

Implementing Hybrid SharePoint Solution

The last option is a hybrid migration to Office 365. Although this is arguably the most difficult of all the three solutions, it also has the best advantages. With a hybrid SharePoint implementation, organizations have the safety of on-premises SharePoint and the flexibility of SharePoint Online. What that means is, they can keep all their sensitive content within the organization's premises and take advantage of the superior features available in SharePoint Online. This approach is useful for organizations that have a sizable remote workforce who need access to content from different places at different times. At the same time, admins can ensure that they have a good idea of who has access to what content based on the physical presence of the person requesting access. Not only that, but hybrid Office 365 also provides access to other solutions such as Exchange Online, Office applications, Power BI, and so on making the transition to the cloud easier.