So you’re SharePoint environment is up and running. All you need now is the right SharePoint migration tool to get your content into it. If you haven’t worked out your migration strategy, forget about looking at migration vendors. But if your migration strategy is in place, you have SharePoint migration tool options to consider. Let's have a look.

5 SharePoint Pre-Migration Tasks

Without harping on about it too much, the first thing you really need to do is to work out exactly how and what content you are going to migrate, and when you are going to do it. In February this year we took a deeper look at this issue, so if you are looking for a starting point there five principles that should be kept in mind:

  1. Set up clear governance objectives.
  2. Communicate your migration strategy to everyone that needs to know.
  3. Carry out a thorough analysis of what is in your environment, what you want to keep and where you want it to go.
  4. Assess the different migration possibilities and decide on the one that works best for you.
  5. Assess the technical requirements of the system you want to move from, as well as the SharePoint version you want to move to.

After all this, you need to decide what technology you need to meet your objectives and what vendor, or vendors, can supply it.

SharePoint Migration Tools

It is impossible to list all the vendors in the space and their respective abilities. In order to offer a good, general overview of what is currently being used, we took a look at the migration tools that have been listed by the SharePoint Community social network.

The network has been developed over the years by SharePoint professionals working with, or around SharePoint, and the list of  SharePoint migration vendors that appear there cover most of those that have a direct interest in this subject.

We took this approach as the objective here is to list what is available rather than attempt to make qualitative judgments about different vendors.

Here are 14 SharePoint tools vendors to consider:

1. AvePoint

AvePoint’s DocAve is one of the more established products on the market and, at the moment, offers modules for the migration of 14 legacy systems to SharePoint 2010, 2013 and the online version. It also comes with DocAve Migrators, as well as DocAve Content Manager that enables users to restructure content on the fly.

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DocAve offers complete SharePoint administration, protection and replication control. All the different modules can be managed through a browser-based interface and can be customized for individual enterprise needs.

In recent weeks, AvePoint released DocAve Online Service Pack 1 for better management of Office 365 deployments, including backup and recovery for Exchange Online. With Compliance Guardian Service Pack (SP) 1 released in June, it provided support for file shares and web compliance.

2. Axceler

Axceler is another vendor that has been around for a long time and provides migration to SharePoint with its product ControlPoint for SharePoint Migration. Note that this week, Axceler's SharePoint business was acquired by Metalogix (listed below).

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ContolPoint has a wide range of different functions, but one of those functions that should attract interest, particularly now, is an architecture that supports the migration of databases with large amounts of content. In other words, think big data. It also supports complex enterprise IT environments and supports the migration of content in waves.

3. CodePlex

CodePlex is a free open source space provided by Microsoft for large projects. The workspace can be used for the development and testing of SharePoint services, among other things. It also provides access to a SharePoint Migration Framework, giving access to Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2007, 2010 and 2013 Import tools. According to the website, while the code is open to everyone, it still needs a significant clean-up of the code base. In the download space there are a number of different exporters/importers, but there doesn’t appear to be anything for SP 2013 as yet.

4. Dell

Dell entered the SharePoint migration space for SharePoint when it bought Quest in July last year. Although there were many goodies in the Quest bag at the time, the SharePoint migration tools must have been one of the attractions given Dell’s presence in Fortune 500 companies and their growing interest in SharePoint 2013.

Dell Quest Migration Suite for SharePoint
Dell Quest Migration Suite for SharePoin

With Quest, Dell got Migration Suite for SharePoint, which enables users to migrate to SharePoint on-premises and online for the 2003 edition and up, having only introduced the 2013 version recently.

Migration Suite allows for bulk or phased granular migrations depending on enterprise needs, and even includes drag-and-drop functionality to enable direct control over migrations. Automatic, scheduled migrations are also possible, as is the consolidation of data from disparate sources.

5. HarePoint

HarePoint is a trademark of MAPILab Ltd, which was created in 1999 for the development of email systems, and landed in the SharePoint space in 2008. The Workflow Migration for SharePoint product does exactly what it says it does, offering enterprises the possibility of moving workflows from one SharePoint environment to another.

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Harepoint Workflow Migration for SharePoint

The thinking behind Workflow Migration is that workflows are the canvases on which enterprises create their collaborative, project management and business process management projects that are key to current business practices. By offering workflow migration, it offers enterprises the possibility of migrating all these projects from one environment to another.

6. Kapow

Kapow, which was recently bought by Kofax, is another company that focuses on business process and workflow migrations. Its SharePoint migration solution is in its Katalyst portfolio, which automates the migration of files into SharePoint. It takes legacy files from all content repositories, including web applications, document repositories and enterprise cms and moves it into whatever SharePoint version the user is working in.

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Kapow Katylst SharePoint Migration