Should You Upgrade to SharePoint 2013?

Should You Upgrade to SharePoint 2013?

Should You Upgrade to SharePoint 2013?

March 21, 2013

The long-awaited, much-anticipated SharePoint 2013 has finally arrived. At this point, many organizations are asking themselves whether they should upgrade to SharePoint 2013. For some organizations, now may be the time to considering investing in SharePoint for the first time and consolidating content.

Regardless, you’ve got to do your research. Namely, what can SharePoint do for me and is it worth upgrading or migrating to SharePoint 2013?

According to Susan Hanley’s post on NetworkWorld, there are quite a few significant upgrades to be had with SharePoint 2013. By comparing SharePoint 2010 and 2013, Hanley states that the major differences are essentially in the user experience.

For instance, a large focus has been put on the social experience that users partake in within SharePoint 2013: “the 2013 discussion board (with Community features enabled) creates an engaging ‘Facebook-like’ activity stream, which is far more user-friendly than the same feature in SharePoint 2010.” This will allow users to stay in the loop with a constant stream of updates right at their fingertips.

Further socializing occurs with the “Gamification” of the community site template. You can now encourage participation by assigning points, badges and a “top contributors” leadership board. With such enhancements in social activity being presented in SharePoint 2013, users will be more likely to participate in workplace discussions.

Hanley also states that the “new features in a publishing site minimize the amount of SharePoint knowledge that is required to successfully design and brand a SharePoint site”. With easier customization available, SharePoint 2013 can become, essentially, whatever you need it to become.

Marcus Austin also writes about SharePoint 2013’s new features. In his article on Channel Pro, he states that a big step Microsoft has taken is the integration of SharePoint with other Microsoft products. It is now “geared to work well with other programs, particularly the recently released Office 365. This assures end users that documents, files and images will not only be safely stored for others to access them, but they will be compatible with the programs used by the other parties.”

Austin stresses the advancements made in SharePoint social capabilities. Particularly impressive are the enhancements made surrounding their mobile experience.

“Another important change made to SharePoint 2013 is that of device-friendliness. The program can be accessed on a multitude of devices, so users can stay connected on a tablet or smartphone, while out and about. SharePoint 2013 has also been designed with a love for apps. Users can download these from external sites, and it is also possible for companies to design apps, restricting their use entirely to the private SharePoint 2013 files. These can help businesses to keep track of employee travel, spending, work hours etc.”

With such strides made in the user interface and usability of SharePoint 2013, it may very well be the right step for you and your business to take. If you’re interested in providing that customizable, socially friendly, and mobile accessible experience to your users, then SharePoint 2013 is the perfect fit.

Is the potential headache involved with the migration or upgrading of your current SharePoint environment holding you back? There’s no need to fear, help is near.

The “5 Things to Know Before Migrating to SharePoint 2013, OneDrive for Business and Office 365” webinar answered questions and addressed concerns.

You can also get started by downloading a free trial of Metalogix Content Matrix.

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