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Quest Software, Inc. : Eight Ways to Prepare for the Next Release of SharePoint Now
04/26/2012| 08:10am US/Eastern
Next Version Readiness Delivers Short Term Benefits while Setting
up IT for Future Success
Quest Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSFT)
- SharePoint is a rapidly expanding platform for enterprise
collaboration, with a new release already on the horizon. Only two years
after the release of SharePoint 2010, Microsoft is gradually revealing
details on what users can expect in the next version, which many
anticipate will be available in early 2013. With widespread expectations
beginning to surface around social capabilities, the cloud, and a new
interface, the early anticipation indicates users are already thinking
about what's next for SharePoint. As organizations start considering the
next version, there are many ways they can prepare the environment to
gain immediate benefits now, and be ready to quickly take advantage of
new features later.
Quest Software, a leading provider of SharePoint
tools for the enterprise, recommends organizations put a 'next
version readiness' plan into action, and provides eight specific actions
organizations should take to prepare their environment for the future.
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Eight Ways to Prepare for the Next Release of SharePoint:
Optimize the Environment: IT managers should start optimizing
their organization's underlying infrastructure by refreshing hardware
if necessary, updating operating systems and applying current software
patches. If the organization is operating on an old version of Windows
or SQL Server, now is the time to upgrade to the latest version.
Consolidate Content: Eliminate the islands of SharePoint within
the organization and other legacy platforms, such as Windows File
Shares and Exchange Public Folders, by centralizing the content and,
if applicable, migrating content to SharePoint 2010. Doing so will
ensure a much smoother upgrade upon the next version's release.
Consider Data Externalization: Now is the time to consider an
externalization strategy, getting the systems in place to move large,
old, and unused data from SQL Server content databases to secondary,
less expensive repositories. Taking advantage of SharePoint's data
externalization features will deliver performance efficiencies in the
short term, and ease the upgrade or migration process in the long term.
Develop a Governance Plan: Investing in a strong SharePoint
governance model now will pay huge dividends later, enabling IT to
implement a mature governance system from day one in the new version
of SharePoint. Plus, having a good governance system in place from
project inception can mitigate many of the risks inherent in migration
Take Control of Enterprise Content Management: Now is the time
to take inventory of what content exists, and get a better handle on
what content should stay and what content should go. A well-defined
retention policy is a governance best practice and ensures that only
relevant content makes the move to the new environment. Taking the
time to define and implement your retention plan now ensures you're
set for a successful upgrade later.
Prepare to Be Social: If IT hasn't done so already, now is a
good time to think about whether SharePoint's social capabilities have
a place within the organization. Consider whether social is a good fit
culturally and, if so, whether it's a 'nice-to-have' option versus a
business priority. With this assessment completed, you'll be ready to
immediately capitalize on whatever features may become available in
the new release.
Avoid Heavy Custom Coding: Simply put, developers shouldn't
invent their own solutions that require a lot of heavy custom coding.
Upgrading customizations can be risky, costly and time-consuming, and
can result in potential downtime or data loss, especially after an
upgrade or migration. Instead, developers are advised to use tools and
techniques they know will be supported going forward.
Establish a Cloud Strategy: Similar to preparing for social
networking capabilities, start building a plan by determining whether
a cloud, on-premises or hybrid implementation is right for the
business. If SharePoint Online will play a future role, identify
potential pilot projects and build out a phased approach for deploying
SharePoint in the cloud. Armed with this assessment, you'll be ready
to move as soon as the next version is deployed.
Quest Expert Presenting on Next Version Readiness at TEC
Chris McNulty, SharePoint expert and strategic product manager at
Quest, will present a session titled "Getting Ready for SharePoint
vNext" at the 11th annual The
Experts Conference, sponsored by Quest and Microsoft. The session
is scheduled for May 1, 11:15 a.m. PT.
Chris McNulty, strategic product manager, Quest Software
are many things IT can do early to make a future SharePoint upgrade
quick and feasible; there are also plenty of things that would make
the transition difficult, if not impossible. Being aware of both and
proactively getting ready for what's coming down the pike will enable
organizations to maximize their investment and take advantage of all
the exciting new functionality expected in the next release as soon as
possible. Implementing changes and leveraging new capabilities like
social and cloud will be much easier to do within an existing
SharePoint version with which IT is familiar, and already knows well.
Best practices advise that you do these things now - don't wait."
Established in 1987, Quest Software (Nasdaq: QSFT) provides simple and
innovative IT management solutions that enable more than 100,000 global
customers to save time and money across physical and virtual
environments. Quest products solve complex IT challenges ranging from database
and access management, monitoring,
user workspace management
to Windows management.
Quest, Quest Software and the Quest logo are trademarks or registered
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