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SharePoint Online Implementation Plan

Kevin Benson

Kevin Benson joined VC3 in 2003, beginning his career as a Software Engineer. Kevin currently leads a team of software engineers and specializes in SharePoint design and development. In his free time, Kevin enjoys exercising, tinkering with computers, and spending time with family and friends. Based on Kevin’s expert knowledge of SharePoint, he is often referred to as the “SharePoint Guru” and is proud to hold that title.

4 Proven Steps to Building a Sharepoint Implementation Plan that Meets Your Requirements

I must admit, getting a solid SharePoint site up and running while adhering to all of Microsoft’s best practices and licensing requirements is not a trivial task, even for the bravest of engineers.

That being said, with over 10 years of experience configuring and managing SharePoint, we have it down to an exact science.

If you are planning a SharePoint Online site, here are a few questions you should ask before you start.

1. Understand Your Cloud-Hosted Options for SharePoint

SharePoint Online, Microsoft’s SharePoint Cloud Offering built on Office 365, delivers the powerful features of SharePoint without the associated overhead of managing the infrastructure on your own. I strongly encourage you to evaluate the pros and cons of SharePoint Server versus SharePoint Online during the planning process.

2. Ensure Your Web Browsers are Compatible

One of the first questions we ask our customers prior to a SharePoint implementation project is what browser they use throughout their organization.

It may not be a surprise that Microsoft’s SharePoint will work with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser, but you should be aware that only certain versions of Internet Explorer are supported.

As of now, SharePoint Online supports Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge, along with the latest released versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.

Determining SharePoint’s browser requirements upfront could save you from the dreaded panic during the launch of your SharePoint site when users with unsupported browsers report that things are not working quite as expected.

3. Verify the Compatibility of Your Microsoft Office Build the SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online typically works best with the most recent version of Microsoft Office. While older versions of Office will definitely work with SharePoint Online, some of the advanced integration features, such as being able to apply metadata to documents within the Office program, may not be available.

4. Avoid Paying for Features You Don’t Need by Selecting the Version of SharePoint that Matches Your Needs

SharePoint Online offers a variety of license options including SharePoint Online Plan 1, SharePoint Online Plan 2, and Office 365 Business or Enterprise license bundles.

There is no need to pay for features you do not plan to use, so evaluating which features are and are not included with each license could save you a significant cost.

Read a detailed feature comparison for SharePoint Online.

I hope you find this information useful and it helps you avoid some common pitfalls before you begin your SharePoint Online site. If you need additional help evaluating or planning a SharePoint Online site, let us know. We’re happy to help.