Axisvation migration factory framework model for share point
Within a short timeframe of 4 weeks, upgrade to
SharePoint 2013 using Axisvation’s Migration
Factory Framework Model
Posted by Sanjeev Samala (View Profile | View All Posts) | 25th
‘Migration’ is defined to mean ‘moving from one state or form to another’. Migration is generally a linear-
sequential activity. In technical-terminology product/software upgrade is also termed as migration from old
version to new release or platform.
The magnitude and complexity of migration projects are challenging to execute in terms of duration and cost.
Over a period of time of use of a product, the users demand customization and changes to address
their unique business needs. It therefore becomes very important for business continuity to undertake
upgrade projects and complete them quickly, on time and with 100% accuracy.
Some of these product upgrades/migration are mandatory and cannot be avoided to align with product
lifecycle release and support roadmap. The product’s new release may include enhancements and new
features addressing critical updates, issues, errors, security vulnerabilities, etc.
SharePoint 2013, new release by Microsoft in October 2012, is the ideal candidate for upgrade/ migration. As
per the official statistics, between the years 2006 to 2011, Microsoft has sold over 36.5 million user licenses.
SharePoint is currently being used by 78% of Fortune 500 companies and 93% by SMB segment including
SharePoint freeware – (no cost: WSS and Foundation versions).
In case of Microsoft SharePoint, it is advisable to wait up to 6 months or until SP1 (Service Pack 1) is released
for the said version. The wait will avoid the early adoption blues or application instability and then plan for
migration/upgrade technical roadmap. Now it’s more than 6 months since the release of the base version
and relative cumulative updates (CU) are available. With Office365 and SharePoint Online version, it is
already at par with SP1 release.
As per our experience, based on the volume of data, number of sites/sub-sites and customization of the base
product, execution of SharePoint migration projects varies from 8 weeks to 30+ weeks, Most of the migration
activities carried out are repetitive and are inter-dependent resulting in added costs and time in completion of
the project. Something similar to work on a factory shop-floor….. With automation of the right processes and
policies, quality and output can be optimized in a given timeframe.
Axisvation team with deep technical background in SharePoint and vast migration/upgrade experience in
SharePoint 2003 to 2007 to 2010, and to 2013 with Fortune 500+ Companies, has built Migration Factory
Framework Model (MFFM) based on the theory of Constraints. This model will help to optimize and complete
base migration project within a short timeframe of 4 weeks.