Upgrading your on-premises intranet to SharePoint 2019

SharePoint on-premises can be tricky. In many instances, the setup may be very specific to the environment it’s being used within. However, with SharePoint 2019 now in release, it may be worth considering an upgrade.

If you have SharePoint on-premises, you can have access to the all singing, all dancing bells and whistles of Modern SharePoint – if you have SharePoint 2019. SharePoint 2019 will allow you to have access to:

  • Communication sites
  • Modern lists and libraries
  • Modern SharePoint’s Sharing Experience
  • Modern Site Pages
  • Modern Search Experience
  • Modern Team Sites

These are just some of the features you’ll benefit from as a SharePoint 2019 user. Many users may still be on SharePoint 2013 (or even 2010…OR 2007!), so soon enough it’ll be time for an upgrade. Being able to utilise Modern Pages and Communication Sites will allow the Intranet refresh you’ve been after. These features mean you can easily rebrand your Intranet, improve the look and feel and increase overall user adoption of your on-premises environment.

Did you know?

Mainstream support for SharePoint 2013 stopped back in April 2018. Extended (paid for) support for SharePoint 2013 is due to end in 2023. You’ll still receive security updates, however unless you have the knowledge to solve SharePoint 2013 specific issues in-house, you’ll be paying a lot for fixes to an older version of the platform!

Hybrid environments – office 365 and SharePoint 2019

Some SharePoint users have an environment whereby they can pick and choose various features from both Online and On-Premises. Hybrid environments can be pretty customised – which is a good thing! However, depending on your specific setup, an intranet refresh will vary across the board. Being able to pick and choose the bits of SharePoint Online to suit your needs along with the on-premises requirements, hybrid solutions should always focus on functionality first.

Microsoft Power Platform – good for a hybrid setup

Microsoft Power Platform is an integrated application platform that combines Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow. Because Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow are designed to work together, in your organisation and easily build custom apps (using PowerApps), automate workflows to improve business productivity (using Microsoft Flow), and analyse data for insights (with Power BI) These apps are traditionally for SharePoint Online users; however, the Power Platform allows on-premises users to benefit, too. (You’ll need to have a SharePoint 2016 or 2019 setup, however!)

PowerApps

Build custom apps in hours—not months—that connect to your existing data systems to help solve your specific process and business needs.

Power BI

Create a data-driven culture by enabling everyone to turn data into insightful visualisations they can use to make business decisions quickly and confidently.

Microsoft Flow

Construct automated workflows in minutes across hundreds of popular apps and services—no-coding required.

If you’d like some more info on how your on-premises intranet could be rebooted, check out our guide here. 

Maybe you’re using SharePoint Online/Office 365 – or perhaps you’re considering it. Check out our guide here for some online tips and tricks for a revitalised intranet.