In today’s fast paced technology environment, with ever changing hardware and software requirements, most companies are working hard to keep up with the latest versions of SharePoint. They have made significant investments of both time and resources and want to keep current. With SharePoint releases happening every three years, even the obvious benefits of new versions are not enough reason for enterprises to upgrade or migrate to the latest version due to budgetary, timing or other constraints. In these scenarios, it is fairly common for their current SharePoint environment to be 2 versions behind. Needless to say, an upgrade to a newer version is a great undertaking for IT, but in this situation, companies have to go through the double hoop of upgrade or migration. However, besides the IT department involvement, training and end-user adoption must be addressed while business users struggle to continue to use the environment and stay productive. Training and end-user adoption can be expensive and during this period and SharePoint users may not be as productive as when they were working within the old, familiar version of the platform.
Even though, from a technical and Microsoft supported perspective, there is no option to jump from 2007 straight to SharePoint 2013 without using third party tools, there is an option to cut the cost and the effort of migrating to the latest 2013 version by almost half by first migrating to 2010 as an interim migration utilizing a trial license for 2010 and skip the associated end user training and adoptions steps. Then once the interim migration is done, companies can quickly move onto the latest version of SharePoint 2013 and take advantage of all the benefits that it can provide to them. Natalya Voskresenskaya, Discover Technologies’ SharePoint MVP does a great job in this paper of outlining the steps necessary to accomplish this goal.