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What are the issues one has to consider when migrating to SharePoint?

Especially in the past couple of years, there has been a rise in interest by organizations to move off of one or many legacy portal or document & content management systems over to SharePoint. Though most often the desired target environment is Microsoft Office SharePoint Services (MOSS), it is not uncommon for some organizations to take a serious look at Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) as an alternative to the possibly more expensive MOSS.

Though not common, as of late, a hybrid approach is also getting a bit more play. Rather than migrate all legacy content from the incumbent content management system over to SharePoint, some organizations are electing to take the best of breed approach where historical or retired content continues to exist within the older platform while SharePoint serves as the new platform for collaboration. Though the implementation of a single-sign on (SSO) authentication might provide ease in working off of multiple platforms simultaneously, some organizations have taking this a bit further by integrating SharePoint with the existing content management application resulting in a seamless one platform user interface (UI) that has both SharePoint and legacy content on one screen. A single platform UI coupled with an enterprise search ability to seek content over all platforms provides the utopian state of the best of breed options.

This paper primarily focuses on reasonable causes for inertia when considering such a move coupled with some salient advice on what series of issues to consider if and when attempting such content migration. There are instances where a SharePoint installation supporting over a hundred thousand users works just fine and yet others struggle over SharePoint installation of fraction the size. Though there might be quite a few reasons for issues, one has to seriously consider issues around growing (via migration in this case) significantly a SharePoint in a very short period of time.