Case Study: Microsoft 365 migration

Microsoft 365 Design
Microsoft 365 Design

Delivering Microsoft 365 Migration Success for UK Regulator

Business drivers

As part of their digital transformation project, a UK regulator instigated a programme of work to implement SharePoint as their Records and Document Management solution. The project included migrating all the records out of their existing document management system into Microsoft 365 and decommissioning the old system. 

Key requirements

Metataxis were engaged to develop the SharePoint Information Architecture which would support the Microsoft 365 migration. Key requirements of the Information Architecture were to maintain accessibility, confidentiality and integrity of documents, ensure ease of use and enhance the user’s experience of document management, collaboration and sharing. We were required to:

  • Engage with the business to capture the Information Architecture requirements
  • Define the Information Architecture for SharePoint – including site/library structure, columns, metadata and permission inputs
  • Support and inform the SharePoint configuration – including records management policy and retention schedule implementation
  • Support the planned implementation, and act as Information Architecture SMEs

The Metataxis approach

Analysis and requirements gathering
The requirements were gathered through desk research, along with a series of interviews, workshops with representatives of all business areas and central governance functions such as IT, Information Security, Internal Audit, Legal and Data privacy. From this we defined the functional and non-functional requirements, a domain model representing the content and their relationships as well as business use cases and scenarios.
Design and implementation
We designed an Information Architecture which supported management, consistency and interoperability of information between the systems to enable efficient usability, findability and compliance. We worked closely with the SharePoint Technical Project team, providing them with the Information Architecture and support for the solution design and implementation.
Migrating the data
As part of our engagement, we worked with the SharePoint Technical Project team to define the criteria applied to identify documents to be migrated, including associated metadata, audit logging etc. We also provided technical advice on migration and advice on resourcing, planning and phasing to ensure the success of this Microsoft 365 migration.

Business benefits

The Information Architecture created by Metataxis provided the client with a functional structure for their SharePoint implementation that guaranteed the accessibility, confidentiality, and integrity of documents, ensuring ease of use and enhancing the user’s experience of document management, collaboration and sharing.

In addition, the Information Architecture provided enriched information through the application of metadata to support the reuse of information and reducing the impetus for duplication. It also gave the client the ability to combine information from multiple sources to provide a “single version of the truth.” This work made a significant contribution to the client’s overall programme to rationalise repositories, decommission legacy systems, reduce IT costs, and improve information governance.

Read more of our case studies here.