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Lessons Learned From SharePoint Migrations

Published: 19 November 2015

ID: G00280432

Analyst(s): Craig Roth, Kyle Davis

Summary

SharePoint migrations are challenging due to the forking of potential migration paths, the housecleaning included in migration projects and the complexity of the subprojects — one for each SharePoint workload utilized.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Migration Strategy
    • Value of Customization vs. Ease of Migration
    • SharePoint Online: The Last Migration
    • Migration as an Excuse for Change Management
  • Migration Planning: The Missing Step
    • Review SharePoint Improvements
    • Demand Management Conversation With Business
    • Secure Budget
    • Determine Resource Needs
    • Determine Staging Order
    • Estimating the Migration Effort
    • Assessing Risk
  • Migration Execution: With a Little Help From My Friends
    • Gaps for Tool Vendors to Fill
    • Gaps for System Integrators to Fill
    • The Third Way: Migrating to Another Product
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

  • Place Migration Strategy Ahead of Tactics
  • Add a "Planning" Step to Technical Prep, Upgrade and Postupgrade
  • Plan for Some Help: The Tools Provided Will Be Insufficient
  • Consider a Mix of Migration Approaches

The Details

  • Migrating From SharePoint Server 2010 to SharePoint Server 2013
    • Two Supported Approaches
    • You Can Mix and Match
    • Some Assembly Required
    • Migration Process
    • Migration Tips and Pitfalls
  • Migrating to the Cloud (Office 365)
  • Dual SharePoint Server Environments
  • From Other Products
  • Feedback on This Document

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