Other scenarios and reasons for migrating might be non-compelling events such as license agreement renewals, and unfortunately these get even less importance and attention. The reasoning is generally “well it’s there and we’re paying for it, so may as well use it”. With this kind of reasoning there is little chance of obtaining the proper funding to “use it” properly – because why spend more money if you don’t need to?
Why do more than what is necessary?
While a migration from home drives to OneDrive is a big improvement, a move from file shares to SharePoint libraries is a lot more challenging. Yes, it is possible to simply do a ‘lift and shift’ where drives and folders are put into corresponding sites and libraries, but all this does is bring the mess from the old world to the new. Even a lift and shift approach to file shares to SharePoint is a vast improvement due to basic features like versioning, sharing and search – but it misses a key opportunity to really improve how people work.
When does it end?
And this is the challenge that those responsible for Microsoft 365 need to take on board. The world keeps changing. People keep changing. Requirements keep changing. Features keep changing.
It was frustrating to still be talking about migrations at the start of 2020, but now, in 2021, why haven’t you finished your Microsoft 365 migration yet?
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