Improving Search FAST Using a Search-First
Migration Strategy to SharePoint 2013

A better search experience has consistently been a top request of SharePoint 2010 users and has been a major focus for Microsoft. With the release of SharePoint 2013, the full realization of Microsoft’s investment in FAST Search and Transfer came to fruition. The feature set in SharePoint 2013 takes enterprise search to a whole new level. This paper provides a high level description of the key search enhancements and proposes that organizations consider a phased implementation approach using a Search-First Migration strategy. Adopting this approach can provide quicker business benefits as well as a safer path to overall adoption of SharePoint 2013.