Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 has already been out for a month or so, and SharePoint 2016 is said to be coming in the first half of next year. Have you started thinking about upgrading to Exchange 2016 and SharePoint 2016? What about moving to Office 365 to take advantage of other applications such as Yammer, OneDrive for Business and Skype for Business?
With each of the previous major releases — Exchange 2007, 2010 and 2013 — we’ve seen a big wave of migration activity, and we expect the same with 2016 on the way. Most organizations look at each release as the green light to evaluate their existing environment and seriously consider their upgrade plans.
A few weeks ago, I blogged about what’s new in Exchange 2016 and Office 365. In this series of blog posts, I’ll take you through some of the main ways you can start preparing for upgrades as described in our new white paper, Top Five Ways to Prepare for Exchange 2016, SharePoint 2016 and Office 365.
Evaluate Your Existing Environment
The first step is no surprise: Assess what you have in place already, in whichever version of Exchange or SharePoint you’re running. That means assessments in several different areas:
As an overall consideration, make sure you have the right tools for tracking and managing your client access license fees. Somebody will surely want to know those figures before long.
Have a look through this and other migration checklists in our new white paper, Top Five Ways to Prepare for Exchange 2016, SharePoint 2016 and Office 365. In my next post I’ll cover Active Directory modernization, another useful step before you start your 2016 and Office 365 migrations.