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Gear up for SharePoint 2016 – What you need to know for your next SharePoint Migration

Megha Sharma
Megha Sharma Updated On - 25 Oct 2019

Implementing SharePoint being a key security aspect in an enterprise, it’s no surprise that organizations today are struggling to upgrade their existing SharePoint deployment while also migrating all their content safely to the newer versions. With SharePoint 2016 release around the corner, I’m sure the durable & exciting on-premises capabilities of this much awaited version have already convinced most of the IT administrators to plan their next content migration pretty ahead.

Keeping in view the release of SharePoint 2016 IT Preview, this blog focuses on some of the essential things one must know to plan their next SharePoint migration well in advance.

Right Target & Right Approach – That’s the key to plan a Successful SharePoint Migration

As an enterprise, striking the right target and following the right approach is the only thing that will keep you going in planning a successful SharePoint migration. But, that’s only one part of the story. The other important role comes when you start foreseeing it as a golden chance to execute the best possible migration & deployment practices while also taking complete charge of managing all the content that has been floating in your IT environment.

With Microsoft’s promise to introduce performance improvements, increased file size for uploads and MinRoles in the new SharePoint 2016 version, you’ll need to carve an excellent strategy to taste successful migration and make the most out of this new release.

Pre-Migration Analysis – Understanding your Existing IT Environment is important

In the humdrum of meeting quick project deadlines, organizations tend to forget this most important step before taking the big move from one SharePoint version to another. And I’m pretty much sure it will be no different for the all-new SharePoint 2016. Yes, we all know that the latest SharePoint 2016 version will be coming packaged with the promise of zero downtime patching, but executing this first & foremost step will still hold importance.

Before you even start moving your content to the new SharePoint version, it is extremely crucial to get complete hold of your existing state of your IT environment in order to analyze the content your current SharePoint server houses. This in turn will help you determine what needs to be included in or excluded from the new deployment environment you’re moving to. Also, the thorough analysis before migration will make you understand what can actually enhance user experience of your customers while also complying with the organizational policies of your enterprise.

Access Data While On The Go: Delivering a consistent cross-screen experience will now become critical

With increased focus on mobile and touch sensitive gestures, accessing information need to be even easier & quicker for all users and for every screen. This previously demands more work & intelligence on the part of designers. However, with the introduction of SP 2016, you’ll be fortunate enough to ensure your users that they have quick access to the information they need, regardless of the screen they choose.

Since SharePoint 2016 IT preview is already claiming to provide IT professionals & designers with abilities that can enable device-specific targeting of content, it will become even simpler for organizations to offer an enhanced user experience to clients & customers. Whether you’re accessing information on a mobile device, a desktop or a tablet, SharePoint 2016 is sure to deliver a consistent browsing experience across screens.

With SP 2016 deployment, I’m sure SharePoint professionals in most of the organizations would no longer need to seek external help to cope up with the increasing UI & UX demands of their users.


The sole liability of a successful SharePoint migration is laid before SharePoint administrators & their respective IT executives; it is possible that they’re totally clueless about the real value of the precious content & data housed in your existing SharePoint server. Hence, to evaluate content migration and perform it in a subtle way without losing your critical business information in the long run, there’s a foolproof migration solution – Kernel Migrator for SharePoint to assist you. In case you want to carry out SharePoint and Office 365 migration, you can download SharePoint Migration tool and get hands-on experience with the tool.

If you’re waiting for the yet to come SharePoint 2016 version and planning to upgrade to it in the coming year, your search will change to destination shortly. Soon after the SharePoint 2016 release, we will be rolling out the new updated version of Kernel Migrator for SharePoint to upgrade to SharePoint 2016. Keep a watch on this space for the latest updates on SharePoint migration.