Recent estimates have pegged the number of Office 365 users at more than 230 million.
While the document management and collaboration solution for the modern workplace is available in on-premise, Online, and Hybrid solution versions, it is the online version that more businesses are migrating to or adopting.
The Online SharePoint version is a part of the Microsoft Office 365 package and businesses vouch for its ability to dramatically enhance operational productivity, user collaboration, and data security. Not surprisingly more and more businesses are migrating to SharePoint Online.
A SharePoint Online environment is suitable for all organizations irrespective of size. It is scalable and flexible, with lower costs, improved data management, and higher ROI. If you choose to migrate, your business will gain from enhanced security, better data control and protection from infrastructure related disruptions, when compared to an on-premise environment.
Many business users across various organization sizes report easier real-time collaboration, better administration, effortless financial management, and consistent licensing options as the key benefits of migrating to the Online Office 365 platform.
Apart from the above benefits, which are more related to moving to a cloud-based environment, Office 365 has its inherent advantages in the use of many applications that form a part of the suite. For example, users with Office 365 can:
The recommended strategy to migrate from SharePoint on-prem to SharePoint Online in Office 365 is a step-by-step phased process as described below:
From all the available options for migration from SharePoint on-premise to Office 365, we recommend using the Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool (MSMT), which is a free tool offered to migrate content from a SharePoint server to Office 365. It’s ease of usage makes it is ideal for migrating SharePoint Server 2010, 2013, and 2016 environments to Office 365. Users can also use the PowerShell version of the MSMT, which uses PowerShell cmdlets and provides the same features as the migration tool.
SharePoint on-prem to Office 365 migration will prove highly beneficial to your organization by improving core business processes, internal communication, project management, security, and collaboration. The migration allows you to harness the complete benefits of Office 365, along with automatic updates and real-time communication and optimization, doing away with the constraints of physical server farms and infrastructure for your business environment.
I will cover more on the specific approach in my next blog, stay tuned. If you need more help with SharePoint On-Prem to Online Migration, please write to me at [email protected].