So SharePoint 2016 is here, and it’s great, and all indicators are pointing to yet another on-premise release with SharePoint 2019.
So, how do we know?
1. Because Microsoft Has Said It
On May 4, 2016 Microsoft gave a fairly clear indicator that there will be yet another SharePoint version that will be on-premise. You can read all about it here.
2. Because We May Not Be Ready For The Cloud
While Office 365 makes life so much easier for system administrators (i.e. no patches, upgrades, cumulative updates, and yes, even custom code) there are literally billions of documents stored by thousands of organizations worldwide that are still living on-premise. These will continue to live there for at least another decade. Think about how long FileNet has been around!
3. Because We have Large Files
Depending on the type of work that your business does, large files are still a big problem even over 150-megabit connections. So, Office 365 may be great for it’s office applications and collaboration, but access to large multi-gig files is still slow compared to your office LAN.
4. Because We Have Custom SharePoint Features That Won’t Work On SharePoint Online
If you’ve made a sizable investment in your on-premise SharePoint solution which includes lots of custom code, SharePoint Online is going to be a challenge. Because even with the freshly minted SharePoint framework, SharePoint Online can only do some of what .NET and the SharePoint on-premise SDK can accomplish.
5. Because We Have Legal Limitations
So maybe you’re all ready to move to the cloud, but your legal team said that there’s simply no way you’re going to. That’s the end of that. They have their reasons so you must oblige.
6. Because SharePoint Online Can’t Be Locked Down
Since SharePoint Online is susceptible to change from Microsoft on their terms, you can’t control the user experience or features that you are exposed to. Additionally if their upgrade happens to break any customization or configuration that you’ve done, then you must resolve them on your dime.
7. Because You Can’t Run A Public Website on SharePoint Online
In case you didn’t know, Office 365 and SharePoint Online only permits authenticated user access. The public website connector idea was scrapped. So if you want to continue to use SharePoint for your public website, you will need to use an on-premise or privately hosted version.
So, SharePoint will very likely continue with another on-premise release in 2019. We’ll compile everything we know about SharePoint 2019 from Microsoft and leave that for another post. For now, go ahead and make your on-premise upgrade plans, but use the latest technologies to stay current with your customizations to ensure smoother upgrades down the road.
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