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SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services

This guide was last updated in December 2010 but the basic principles still apply when planning your SharePoint Online infrastructure. This guide will not continue to be updated. For the latest information, please visit the SharePoint Online product group page.

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About This Guide

The SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services guide provides a clear comparison of SharePoint collaboration technologies across on-premises, standard hosting, and dedicated hosting scenarios. The guide can be used as a framework for evaluating the technical feasibility of Microsoft SharePoint Online and determining which SharePoint delivery model best suits the organization’s needs. Key steps guide you through the evaluation of the end user, SharePoint workload, and business considerations in a logical, sequential order. An overall scoring assessment provided for each option identifies key SharePoint workloads and requirements for the organization.

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Figure 1. Decision flow chart

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services includes the following ten-step process:

Step 1: Client Experience. This step addresses the collaboration capabilities that most significantly influence the client experience.

Step 2: Impacts to Collaboration. This step addresses some of the impacts to collaboration resulting from changing to a SharePoint Online environment.

Step 3: Impacts to Portal. This step addresses the impacts to a user portal resulting from changing to a SharePoint Online environment.

Step 4: Impacts to Search. This step addresses the impacts to search resulting from changing to a SharePoint Online environment.

Step 5: Impacts to Content Management. This step addresses the impacts to content resulting from changing to a SharePoint Online environment.

Step 6: Impacts to Business Intelligence and Business Process Forms. This step addresses the impacts to business intelligence and business process forms resulting from changing to a SharePoint Online environment.

Step 7: Data Management and Security Implications. This step explores some of the data management and security implications of storing data either on-premises or under someone else’s control.

Step 8: Ramifications on Business Operations. This step explores some of the business-level concerns of migrating to SharePoint Online.

Step 9: Provisioning and Planning Concerns. This step addresses the importance of Active Directory integration, and rating each solution’s AD DS integration capabilities.

Step 10: Evaluate Results. This step involves assisting the reader in evaluating the results of the preceding nine steps.

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