SharePoint 2013 End of Life Date & Migration Planning

SHAREPOINT 2013 END OF SUPPORT DATE

Microsoft will be ending their mainstream support for SharePoint 2013 by April 2018. The SharePoint end of life date for 2013 is 4/10/2018. This means that if you want support past that date, you will need to pay for it. Is your organization prepared? If you’re currently running SharePoint 2013 you should start planning your move to SharePoint 2016 or Office 365.

THE COST OF UNSUPPORTED SOFTWARE

Operating with outdated and unsupported SharePoint Server environment comes at a cost. After April 2018, if you want security and non-security related fixes, you have to purchase support and pay for each fix requested. Avoid the unnecessary fees and upgrade before your product reaches endof support. Once you are unsupported, you also risk data loss. If a corruption of your content databases occurs, are you able to recover your content completely without involving Microsoft?

In addition, there are many productivity enhancements that your users can benefit from migrating to a newer platform. By migrating to Office 365, your users can start taking advantage of new features like OneDrive for Business, Office 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, Microsoft Flow, and PowerApps. By not migrating, you are costing your company money in the form of time and enhanced productivity that your users don’t have today.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO UPGRADE SHAREPOINT 2013?

No matter how big or small your organization, upgrading SharePoint 2013 can take time — from a couple weeks to even a whole year. The migration time is largely dependent on the amount of content you have and if you are moving to SharePoint 2016 or SharePoint Online/Office 365. Get a head start on upgrading your software by talking to a SharePoint specialist about your budget, timeline, requirements, and goals. The sooner you start your planning, the smoother and easier your migration is going to be.

BENEFITS OF MIGRATING TO OFFICE 365

Once you migrate to Office 365, you no longer have to plan for upgrades every three years to the latest version of SharePoint. Microsoft rolls out new features every three months and you can choose which ones to enable for your enterprise. In addition, Microsoft manages the upgrades for you so you don’t need to dedicate time, money and resources to upgrade and migration efforts.

UPGRADE YOUR OFFICE PRODUCTS TODAY

Don’t run the risk of operating unsafe or compromised software. Contact AIS today to talk to a SharePoint specialist about your options and requirements. We can help you upgrade, migrate, and operate your environment so you never need to worry about outdated and expired software again.