SharePoint governance and infrastructure management technology provider AvePoint is releasing DocAve 6 Service Pack (SP) 2. This latest version of AvePoint’s enterprise-class management platform for SharePoint governance includes expanded SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 support.

Getting to Your Desired (Share)Point

DocAve 6 SP 2 is designed to migrate, secure and administer data in SharePoint 2013 environments supported on premises, in the cloud or on a hybrid infrastructure. The solution supports migration from legacy platforms such as previous SharePoint releases, file shares, EMC Documentum, Lotus Notes and Open Text (Livelink).

In addition, AvePoint says DocAve6 SP2 can extend native SharePoint capabilities including app development, scalable storage, compliance and records management, geo-distributed collaboration, BI, e-discovery, mobile device support and social media/social business.

As explained in a recent CMSWire column by Steven Pogrebivsky, “It’s an interesting time for organizations on the (SharePoint) platform, and many of you may be considering the move to SharePoint 2013 sooner rather than later to take advantage of some new capabilities.” However, there are several options to manage migration, including in-place upgrade and database attach as well as using a third-party migration tool such as DocAve 6 (although it does offer functionality beyond migration).

“If you happen to be in one of those camps where you either have a real messy SharePoint data environment or you want to move from an older version of SharePoint, then using a migration tool may be your best option,” states Pogrebivsky.

Migration tools also offer advantages such as cleaning content during the process, re-building site collections and sites based on a new plan and eliminating redundant or unnecessary documents. Users with some or all of these needs may have the most to gain from investigating the latest DocAve release.

Addressing Migration Concerns 

According to CIO Magazine, the need for SharePoint 2013 migration is cause for concern for many users.

Migrating anything to something new is an endeavor typically fraught with frustration, trouble and delays, and you probably never end up quite where you thought you would end up,” states CIO. “SharePoint migrations are certainly no exception to this rule; there is a reasonably high bar to even getting started.”

CIO goes on to point out that unless you are already running SharePoint 2010 you will need the assistance of a third-party tool to migrate, which is good news for AvePoint and its competitors.

DocAve 6 is completely built on fully supported Microsoft technologies and standards such as .NET, WCF and Silverlight. It is now generally available to the public. Find out more on the release in the video below.