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Top 8 Reasons to Migrate to SharePoint 2013 and Office 365

Posted by Indusa Admin on October 5, 2015 4:36 am

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Ever since its inception in 2001, SharePoint is famous for being the go to collaboration platform for enterprises globally. Used extensively as a solution to create and manage a company’s intranet, SharePoint 2013 has been just as popular as its predecessors. A vast number of enhancements and improvements to the existing solution along with the bundling of SharePoint in the Office 365 cloud has resulted in increased user productivity and business process efficiency. Gartner predicts that by 2018, the most transformational digital workplace productivity technologies will be available only from the cloud.

Migrate to SharePoint 2013 and Office 365
If you are planning to migrate to SharePoint 2013, you are probably wondering if the new features are worth the investment. To help you make a decision, we list down the top 8 reasons why you should consider migrating to SharePoint 2013:

  • Enriched User Engagement: Incorporate conversations in your newsfeed and engage with other team members without missing a beat. With microblogging, you can post content to the public newsfeed or a team site, and share entire conversations by sending a link. You can also refer to other people in your posts, include tags, pictures, videos, links and documents and also “like” posts by others.
  • OneDrive for Business: With Microsoft’s cloud storage intended for business purposes, update and share your work files from anywhere. Sync document libraries with your computer and access data even when offline. Get up to 1 TB of space for OneDrive with O365 and share files and work on Office documents with your co-workers at any time.
  • More Ways to Share: In addition to easily sharing documents through OneDrive for Business, the new share command lets you invite people to share specific documents and files and also control what they can do with them. Share content via links with a specific group of people and also send personalized email invitations through community sites. Use mobile devices to share a document or folder and receive alerts in your newsfeed whenever a document or file gets updated.
  • Office Web Apps: One of the most interesting enhancements in SharePoint 2013 is the integration of Office web apps with SharePoint libraries. View and edit Office documents on web browsers, PCs, and mobile devices using updated versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote Web Apps. Track changes, add, and reply to comments, co-author documents and embed Web Apps in websites.
  • Efficiently Organize Documents: Preview documents, open, share and follow content and take necessary action using the new callout feature. Drag and drop files from one location to another using File Explorer and efficiently organize your documents based on your requirements. You will also be able to partition your document library and apply permissions more effectively. Then, classify files through file names and folder structures and efficiently support file shares.
  • Improved Search: One of the biggest issues with managing large amounts data is the time required to find what you’re looking for. With SharePoint 2013, you can discover the search box quickly and find results easily. Search results are logically grouped and the hover panel enables you to see additional data about an item, without having to actually click on it. Search for information about past projects in external databases, internal content and Bing results and look up people with specific expertise. Connect with people directly from the search results using contact cards.
  • Enhanced BI: Connect to external data to create up-to-date reports, dashboards, and scorecards with SharePoint 2013’s enhanced BI capabilities. Manage your data in a central location and use Excel and Performance Point to view content in a browser with the new Business Intelligence Centre site template. Enjoy an optimized mobile viewing experience on your tablet or phone.
  • Improved Authoring & Publishing: Co-authoring allows multiple people to edit a document at the same time and see the changes that are being made. Retain text formatting while copying content from Microsoft Word to the web page and create adaptive SharePoint intranet, extranet, and Internet sites through cross-site publishing. Choose from a variety of site themes to customize your site and make it look unique.

And that is not all that is being offered. With SharePoint 2013, you can discover new ways to work with video and rich media, keep track of important sites, design top-notch workflows and business processes and accomplish a lot more. With all these remarkable features and enhancements, SharePoint 2013 is capable of making a huge difference in your day-to-day activities. Don’t you think it’s time to migrate?


Emama Mistry
About the Author – Emama Mistry

Emama Mistry is the Senior Project Manager(Microsoft SharePoint) at INDUSA. She has key involvement in all aspects of SharePoint projects undertaken at Indusa, from Pre-Sales, to Architecture, to Deployment, to Development, to Operations.


Contributing Writer: Neha Kumar