Mixed feelings about SharePoint abound in organizations today. Some say it's great and others don't want anything to do with it. That’s sooo 2007. Rest assured, with proper planning of your SharePoint 2010 migration, you’re well on your way to revolutionizing your organization.
Unless you’re living under a rock, I’m sure you know by now that SharePoint 2010 is set to be launched on May 12, 2010. CMSWire has great coverage on how you can prepare for the launch.
There’s a lot of excitement and flurry of activities that’s going on around SharePoint 2010. In fact, I’m currently involved with two SharePoint 2010 migration projects. Here are 5 tips that I’d like to share on how you can effectively plan for SharePoint 2010 migration:
Tip #1 Evaluate Organizational Need for Migration
Before you get caught up in the SharePoint 2010 frenzy, step back and clearly understand what quantifiable benefit does SharePoint 2010 bring to your organization. Gone are the days when we had unlimited IT budgets to deploy new technologies.
For example, if you are an educational institution currently using SharePoint 2007 where a sizable number of users are using Mac, a key challenge is the lack of full cross-browser compatibility. How much time, money, effort, custom code are you spending on supporting these users? With SharePoint 2010, it has greatly addressed this issue. If you’re interested, read this post: Maximizing SharePoint 2010 on a Mac + iPhone or iPod + iPad.
To get started, here’s a list of new features in SharePoint 2010 that can help you evaluate if you need to migrate.
Bottom line is, you have to make a business case on why migrating to SharePoint 2010 is needed. It’s necessary to do this to convince the higher powers -- executive management -- that it provides great value to the organization.
Though not SharePoint 2010 specific, here’s a great presentation from Paul Culmsee on how you calculate SharePoint ROI.
Tip #2 Identify and Prioritize Migration Scope in Detail
Once the business reason is clear for the need to migrate to SharePoint 2010, the next step is to identify the migration scope in detail: