SharePoint Migration: Is 2013 your final destination?

Why you need to upgrade your SharePoint, but probably not to the version you’d expect:

Well, here’s your excuse to upgrade from SharePoint 2007!

In light of the recent release of SharePoint 2013 Preview editions, it’s clear that the time for all current 2007 (MOSS & WSS) users to upgrade to SharePoint 2010 is now! Companies of all sizes and industries are justifiably skeptical when a new version of a highly used product is released.

Collaboris’ recent study shows that 85% of companies surveyed are going to wait 2+ years before upgrading to SharePoint 2013. Big decisions that can alter your employees’ day-to-day activities shouldn’t be taken lightly. By the time a majority of businesses choose to upgrade their software, improvements have been made in the form of updates and service packs.

But for SharePoint 2007 users, the time of squeezing the ROI out of your SharePoint is up – with SharePoint 2013’s release upcoming, the fading out of 2007 is imminent.

So, SharePoint 2007 users ask – Why not just upgrade to SharePoint 2013 when it’s released?  And, the simple answer is… you can’t. There’s no direct upgrade path from 2007 to 2013 without first migrating to 2010.
Although SharePoint 2013 improves upon 2010, the differences between 2007 and 2010 are far greater than from 2010 to 2013. The most substantial change is the user interface, so getting accustomed to the 2010 look and feel will make the eventual transition from 2010 to 2013 painless. SharePoint 2010 utilizes the new Microsoft Ribbon bar feature which has also been adopted by both Office and SharePoint 2013.

Migrating from 2007 to 2010 now offers significant cost savings when the decision to go to 2013 is made. Migration costs will essentially double if going from 2007 to 2013, as a migration to 2010 will be needed first, and then on to 2013. You can view the SharePoint migration process from 2007 to 2010 on Fpweb.net’s blog.

Need another reason to upgrade now? The end of support countdown on 2007 has started. It’s only a matter of time until Microsoft ceases all support for both MOSS and WSS.

If you currently host 2007 with Fpweb.net, or would like to move to Fpweb.net, contact us today to review your options.

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