It’s time to get excited again with the recent release of SharePoint 2016. As with every major version release of SharePoint, IT managers and executives across the globe start to determine the upgrade and migration strategy that is best for their business. In the end, each company will need to make a subjective decision based on its particular circumstances. It is not always easy to determine these circumstances, but it should depend on the value it will add to the business overall.
While there are many new features with the latest release of SharePoint, not all of them will be of any value to your users, or ultimately, your business. The following features are ones that are most likely to benefit your business.
The strongest new feature presented in SharePoint 2016 is arguably the hybrid configuration options. This allows a connection to be made between an Office 365 SharePoint portal and an on premise SharePoint Server 2016 farm. While this approach was possible with SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has made great strides to make this configuration simpler and easier for the administrators. Central Administration now has a new section, Office 365, which provides easy to complete forms to connect the farm to Office 365.
Typically, the biggest change between each version of SharePoint has been the UI. This time, the look and feel of SharePoint has almost no change. This can be seen as a positive since users are already familiar with this layout, if they are coming from SharePoint 2013 or Office 365. The newest addition to the SharePoint 2016 UI is the App Launcher, taken from the Office 365 experience. When paired with the hybrid configuration, the app launcher can be a very powerful tool for users.
Microsoft has made big changes with some of the most common restrictions faced in SharePoint 2013. The most useful update is the increased list view threshold restriction. A list can now efficiently handle over 5,000 items through a new auto-indexing mechanism. Not only can a list manage more items than before, users can now upload larger files to libraries. Microsoft upped the limitation from 2 GB to 10 GB. Reducing these restrictions allow users to do what they want and easily share more content.
SharePoint is a large investment to make for any business and an upgrade process continues to increase the cost of such an investment. It is important to protect that investment and ensure the business is getting the most value out of it. Upgrading to SharePoint 2016 is a smart decision to make for the Office 365 integrations alone, but the many additional features will also add business value in the long run.
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Matt Riedel is a Consultant with Anexinet in the Application & Analytics practice. Reach out directly to Matt at [email protected]
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