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Steps to complete a SharePoint Online migration Posted Oct 7, 2020

As Microsoft adds new features to SharePoint Online, many companies are making an allowance from their traditional on-premises system to the cloud. A SharePoint Migration can be a big task, mainly for large companies with plenty of content, configurations, and customizations to move to the cloud. As the organization can mess up this task quite easily it is always advised to hire a expert service provider like Apss4Rent whenever you think of migration. Below mentioned are steps business owners can follow to ensure an easy transition during a SharePoint Online migration.


The first step is to create a list of content and choose what to move. Important content that is still in use can move to Office 365, and you can remove outdated and least important content. The service provider should know exactly what customizations such as branding, functional, workflow, forms, reports, etc. are in place in the on-premises system. If you want to migrate SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Online, figure out what you need. SharePoint Online has a lot to offer as it can have many advantages over the previous versions. If you are not sure whether customization is still in use, try switching off the functionality in the older system to see if users reach out to IT saying they can no longer access it. If this happens, you can simply switch it back on and move it during the SharePoint Online migration.


Your Service provider cannot do a SharePoint migration if there is no infrastructure in place, so the second step in the process is to set up the online environment. As a business owner ask these questions: What will the future state look like? What process does it take to map old applications to the new environment? Do you need to update existing content? Do you need new governance? In the second step, business owners should also decide whether to use SharePoint classic or modern sites. Modern sites offer more contemporary, mobile-friendly user experiences and are also the default in SharePoint Online.


Once you have decided how to set up the new environment, it is time to make the move. However, it is imperative to have a plan to reduce the effect on SharePoint users who will use the application on an everyday basis. Break down the whole migration process into various small pieces. Create a migration timetable to reduce the effects on users. Talk with end-users on the status of the migration.


Once the process of migration is over and you have migrated everything to the cloud, make sure to test the content and customizations to discover any issues early on.


Once you are pleased with the SharePoint Online migration and the application is working to your liking, it is time to say bye to the old system and recover any licensing costs, if possible.

Want to migrate to SharePoint Online but worried about messing it up and want professional help? Apps4Rent has got you secured!

Apps4Rent has been in the field of cloud hosting for the past 15 years and has successfully hosted many projects on the cloud. We at Apps4Rent are also experts in providing Virtual Desktop services to our clients. To know about the advantages of using SharePoint on a Hosted Desktop, get in touch with the Apps4Rent sales team today and get your business on the cloud and increase your profits to a sky-high level.

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