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4 Considerations When Switching SharePoint Over to the Cloud

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Recently, Caroline Marwitz discussed ten things businesses should think about before migrating their SharePoint infrastructure to the cloud. Obviously, this type of decision is a big move and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. As popular as “the cloud” is, does it make sense for everybody? Here are a few thoughts on the subject.

1. Compatibility – What needs to be integrated with SharePoint? Is the data presented in a format that will be compatible with SharePoint, or will it need to be standardized first? Standardization much be achieved before cloud implementation is possible.

2. Legal considerations – In some cases there are legal barriers to switching over to the cloud. As an example, some countries are hesitant to allow data storage in the US due to fears of Patriot Act surveillance. Similar concerns arise in other countries. It’s important to be aware of your legal rights and obligations regarding where the data is being stored.

3. How much time do you have? – If this is your first time implementing SharePoint, you might not have as much time to get it set up. It’s more important just to get things up and running so you can ship, rather than getting everything into its ideal state. In that case, it may be better to worry about cloud implementation later. If you’re already established, you likely have a more flexible time frame, which means you can take the time to get everything right, and you might as well get started with the design phase now.

4. Customization – One of SharePoint’s strengths is the ability to customize it for various uses. At the same time, this customization might hinder functionality when the data is moved to the cloud. The more customized your solutions, the more you can expect it to cost to transfer to the cloud. This doesn’t necessarily mean the payoffs aren’t worth the investment, of course.

By David Sterling, Sterling International Consulting Group

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