One of the larger disappointments I have had this summer is the number of crashes using the new Content matrix from metalogix seems to deliver when moving simple WebApps and Site Collections from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2013. I mean simple like having a single Custom Site definition, a few Custom WebParts, with lots of ECM using Choice Site Columns and Custom Content types and all Branding is already deployed
Its almost embarrassing except that I designed and deployed all of the hardware from the SAN Configuration to the F5 Load Balancers and all hardware in between. In addition, I scripted the entire build for DEV, UAT, and PRD and luckily we rocked during the last two migrations one using of all tools Bulk List migrator from Bamboo Solutions and the last time using metelagix SSMM.
I guess my concern is: though metalogix is now one of the dominant players in SharePoint the quality of the migration tools from them seem diminished. I have multiple crashes per day, failure to move simple pieces of content like list items and documents, where it will now take three iterations per job in order to finally get it right.
As much as I dislike having to learn additional tools as there is never enough time I will begin testing MetaViz this weekend and I am greatly saddened that I would have to do so. But on with the show, I realize it makes sense to have a common interface for all of the metelogix products, I would only beg them to not do so at the cost of the value of the products in their own right.. I will let you know how this all works out in the next few weeks. As we have an end date of March 2013…
This project also includes building a One World taxonomy and is takes getting a lot of people together to mostly agree on the majority of the terms your business will be using. We did a great Job in 2008 with the Global Communications Group in charge of technical Publications, Translation and more, now we just have to do the same for the rest of the company and support multiple languages with follow the sun data centers. So its all kinds of fun and march is not very far off.
I am sure I will be sending out another Blog or two this week but just in case you don’t have a chance to read those have a Very Happy Halloween