A recent survey by MetaLogix has revealed that over 60% of respondents were actively looking at upgrading to SharePoint 2013 in the near future.
The most common reason cited for these upgrade plans – improved sharepoint mobile support. The web is full of articles about the rise of the mobile Internet (and Intranet), so it is interesting to see this backed up in a SharePoint context.
The survey, conducted at last November's Microsoft SharePoint conference in Las Vegas, also found that 40% of users were still working with SharePoint 2007 or 2003 implementations. It's pretty amazing to think of organisations getting by with a 2003 system, but it does raise a couple of interesting points:
1.Data migration is hard: Many people put off upgrades, from any system, simply because moving data can be very difficult. SharePoint 2013 and third-party tools like MetaLogix, make the process as easy as it can be. But human intervention and some sort of manual sorting is always going to be needed and that that can be expensive.
2."If it ain't broke don’t fix it": A SharePoint 2003 system might sound antiquated, but if it works, and does the job it was designed to do, then where is the harm? As long as infrastructure and support have been considered in the long term, it can sometimes be better to leave a good system running.
3.We approach every project by looking at its requirements with a fresh mind. We don't use technology for technology's sake. So whilst we are unlikely to build a SharePoint 2003 system now, we also wouldn't migrate your SharePoint system just for the sake of it.