There’s been a lot of anticipation in the last year for the release of the next SharePoint server version, and towards the end of July 2018, Microsoft announced that SharePoint 2019 was available to the general public.
With the inevitable march towards the cloud, many are maybe wondering when the final hurrah, curtain call, or countdown will happen for SharePoint on-premises, and as you read further in this article, one could be forgiven for thinking that the clock is already ticking as the new release aligns itself closer with SharePoint Online. Maybe one more final migration is on the cards?
But for now, SharePoint on-premises certainly has its place and SharePoint 2019 will facilitate the needs of those who utilize SharePoint server. An upgrade to SharePoint 2019 is a consideration for a lot of organizations and rightly so.
For this latest SharePoint version, Microsoft has looked to incorporate many of the UI features from SharePoint Online. They have also increased support for PowerApps and Flow to, among other things, help manage the move from the ever popular, but deprecating features, such as Microsoft InfoPath and SharePoint Designer.
What’s more, Microsoft has also focused their efforts on team collaboration and user experiences across devices, supporting the efforts of those embracing flexible working or the Modern Workplace. Furthermore, there has been attention towards merging the cloud into existing on-premises scenarios. Here’s a brief list of the key SharePoint 2019 features:
- Modern Sites, Pages, Lists, and Libraries
- Team News
- SharePoint Home
- Communication Sites
- OneDrive Sync Client
- Improved hybrid support and scenarios
- New developer options
- Improved support for business process with PowerApps and Flow
But how do organizations, who are currently on earlier SharePoint versions get to SharePoint 2019? A migration is inevitable for most who want to protect their return on investment.
Gartner states that 9 out of 10 SharePoint deployments are customized which leads to very frequent failure during an upgrade. And applications used to extend SharePoint are considered the number one roadblock for any migration project; add to that the cost of discovering applications that are worth migrating as you only want to take up-to-date applications to your new SharePoint 2019 environment.
Therefore, you are left in a catch 22 situation where you either start from scratch and lose a significant return of investment or undergo a long, expensive migration and modernization project. The good news is that this must no longer be the case. The Rencore Platform offers an automated Farm Customization Inventory of your SharePoint farm and identifies which customizations and apps can be migrated, modernized or left behind.
Within minutes you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to succeed in your upgrade to SharePoint 2019. In a nutshell, you increase your overall return on investment from your SharePoint.
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