SharePoint 2010 is taking its last breath, as Microsoft has officially announced to provide any kind of mainstream support to it after October 2020, and any other kind of support by April 2021. SharePoint 2010 is the edition that has been the most widely by the business firms of all size and types in the market. But now the end of this widely used SharePoint version is looming, cautioning all the users to look for an upgrade as soon as possible.
As soon as the Microsoft has announced the deadline of October 2020, the users of SharePoint 2020 are panicking to decide upon the right SharePoint version to which they should they migrate. This has currently become a significant concern for enterprises using SharePoint 2010, because the inducement to ignore focusing on this decision is actually a bad idea, as the consequences could be serious.
The two major factors that every SharePoint 2010 user want to decide on are the costs and the risks associate to migrating to any other SharePoint version and environment. Cost of SharePoint migration usually remains the main concern along with the security addition, and addition of advanced and new firewalls and the cost of aged server replacement. But before knowing about the cost, there are a number of things you need to understand.
Since the version of SharePoint 2010 is announced to be declared obsolete in October 2020, Microsoft has been coming forward to answer every possible question and concern related to the death of SharePoint 2010. Bill Baer – in a long post listed a number of solutions that Microsoft is offering. But one thing is very clear that either everything has to be migrated or destroyed. Given that, most organizations keep their data and business critical information in SharePoint, hence migration is going to be the perfect choice for them.
If you feel that you are comfortable in using the on-premise environment then, all SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2019 will provide you the opportunities to modernize and upgrade you SharePoint 2010 infrastructure to their provided on-premise settings, while allowing you to reap the benefits of portal building technologies and improved collaboration. However, one thing that you need to bear in mind is that SharePoint migration is a step-by-step and you can only migrate to the very next level. In simple words, if you want your SharePoint 2010 to be updated to SharePoint 2019, then you first have to migrate to SharePoint 2013, then to SharePoint 2016 and then finally to SharePoint 2019. Another thing to remember is that each migration will cost your separately.
The other option that you may consider to migrate from SharePoint 2010 is Office 365 or Microsoft 365 to be more comprehensive. By migrating to Office 365, migrated enterprise would be able to access all productivity tools and featured that are offered by it including SharePoint Online.
This also offers enterprises with the collaboration capabilities that are devised around all the Office 365 apps, as well as online meeting, team chat, group email, secured file co-authoring and sharing and social networking for work. It also offers transparency, built-in privacy and refined controls for users. According to SharePoint experts, this is the most secure option to migrate.
The first cloud version of SharePoint is also in the now, and it is now available for SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2019. Hence, to jump from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Online is another option that enterprises may consider. This option is ideal for enterprises that have large data volume and interactive records to be archived. Moving from SharePoint 2010 is the need of the time and a very good thing that organization may consider to do if they want to improve their collaborative properties. With extended capabilities and better user interface, they can also get access to Microsoft Team, which can help them getting a rich environment, suitable for rapid assembling of experiences that look like applications or websites to end users without having any core programming done.
Here is a pictorial representation of the paths that you need to follow when migrating from SharePoint 2010.
Now, let’s try to find out the cost that SharePoint 2010 migration will bring about. The first and the foremost thing that you need to understand is that you can never get to find out the accurate amount that you need to put in for migration. Even your service provider can also give you a rough estimate or a defined range, and the final cost can only be determined, once the migration is complete. The reason behind this is that there are multiple hidden costs that only surface once the process begins.
Code Creators Inc. is a leader in the market when it comes to SharePoint development and migration. And from our extensive experience within the field, we can provide you an average/estimated cost for your SharePoint migrations. Usually it lies between $30,000 to $50,000, depending on the complexities of your migration project. Here is a rough estimate of cost that is being provide by Microsoft itself keeping the version and environment in consideration.
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