Making the most of Sharepoint 2016

Collaboration is a crucial component in a successful business. With SharePoint Online, organizations can share and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers, through a cloud-based service that can be accessed from anywhere. Last week, Microsoft announced that their new SharePoint Server 2016 software has been released to manufacturing (RTM), the final step before full release, with several notable new features, listed below:

  • Hybrid capabilities: Hybrid capabilities in SharePoint 2016 allow you to integrate SharePoint Server and SharePoint online sites, and consolidate them in one list that is viewable in a single profile in Office 365. This allows you to migrate operations to the cloud at your own pace.
  • Encrypted connections: SharePoint 2016 will use a TLS 1.2 connection encryption. In addition, after a security vulnerability was identified in SSL 3.0 SharePoint now automatically disables SSL 3.0 connection encryption.
  • Support for large files: SharePoint Server 2016 will support uploading and downloading files larger that 2,408 MB.
  • MinRole: With MinRole, SharePoint will automatically configure the services on a user’s server, based on that user’s role, when you create a new farm or add a user to an existing farm, optimizing performance.

Even with all these new features, a survey conducted by Microsoft found that 50 percent of customers were unsure about updating and migrating to SharePoint Online. Although migrating to SharePoint 2016 may seem logical, because Microsoft will begin to wind down support for older versions, organizations with functioning 2013 platforms will need to assess if a migration to 2016 is worth it, as migrations can be notoriously difficult. Also, according to a TechTarget article by Tayla Holman, “organizations that are planning a move from an on-premise SharePoint platform to SharePoint Online should consider which of their features might not survive a migration to the cloud.” Determining which programs belong in a cloud environment takes a vast amount of experience in both the Microsoft and the SharePoint platform, as well as with migration planning. Microsoft is looking to encourage customers to embrace the cloud by including features in SharePoint Online that are unavailable in the on-premise version as a part of their ‘cloud-first, not cloud only’ strategy, but a complete migration to SharePoint Online may not be the right choice for every organization.

If no one on your IT team has SharePoint or Office 365 experience, creating a comprehensive migration strategy can be challenging and time consuming. If you’re interested in upgrading your SharePoint Online solution, or are looking to migrate an on-premise solution to the cloud, Datapipe provides management and migration support that’s not available from Microsoft to make the transition as easy as possible as a part of our Managed Services for Office 365 solution. To learn more about SharePoint 2016, click here.

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