Navigating the Transition from SharePoint 2013

Navigating the Transition from SharePoint 2013

Microsoft has recently announced a significant update that underscores its commitment to innovation and modernization. Starting April 2, 2024, the creation of new SharePoint 2013 workflows will be phased out for all new Microsoft 365 tenants. This decision paves the way for a future where modern workflow automation tools, such as Power Automate, become the standard for efficiency and productivity in businesses worldwide.

What Does This Mean for Your Organization?

For organizations still leveraging SharePoint 2013 workflows, this change signifies a pivotal moment to reassess and upgrade their workflow automation strategies. While existing SharePoint 2013 workflows will continue to operate until April 2, 2026, this grace period offers a valuable opportunity for businesses to transition to more advanced and flexible solutions.

Why the Shift?

The discontinuation of SharePoint 2013 workflows is not just a matter of phasing out older technology. It represents Microsoft’s broader vision to encourage the adoption of cutting-edge tools that can better meet the dynamic needs of today’s businesses. Power Automate, for instance, offers a more intuitive, powerful, and integrated approach to automating complex business processes across the entire Microsoft 365 ecosystem and beyond.

How to Prepare for the Transition

  1. Evaluate Current Workflows: Begin by auditing your existing SharePoint 2013 workflows to understand which processes are currently automated and how they contribute to your business operations.
  2. Explore Power Automate: Familiarize yourself with Power Automate and its capabilities. Microsoft offers extensive resources and training materials to help you get started.
  3. Plan Your Migration: Develop a migration plan that prioritizes critical workflows and considers the potential for process improvement. This might also be an opportune time to re-engineer outdated workflows for better efficiency.
  4. Seek Support if Needed: We offer support and SharePoint consulting services to assist with the migration. Contact our SharePoint experts and ask us anything! 

Looking Ahead

The move away from SharePoint 2013 workflows is more than a technical upgrade; it’s a strategic shift towards embracing the future of work. By transitioning to modern workflow solutions like Power Automate, organizations can unlock new levels of productivity, agility, and collaboration. The future of workflow automation is here, and it promises to transform the way we work for the better.

As the retirement date approaches, now is the time to plan your migration and explore the possibilities that modern workflow automation tools have to offer. If you have any questions, book a free session with our SharePoint experts, and we will help you to assess your needs. Contact us today.