Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.

Spectrum Health derives value and cost savings through consolidation of Jive into a modern Office 365 intranet

Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
Customer Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. IndustryHealthcareOrganization Size10,001+CountryUnited States
About Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,300 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers, and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 155 ambulatory sites, and telehealth offerings.
Jive to Office 365 Migration
Prior to our engagement with Netwoven we had estimated it would take our Information Services ten years to migrate our intranet content from Jive into Microsoft Office 365. With the help of Netwoven’s tool set and expertise we were able to reduce that time line to well under a year. Not only are we utilizing Microsoft SharePoint for our intranet but they assisted us in the setup and use of Microsoft Teams which allowed our organization to consolidate our intranet, collaboration and communication tools into one shared and integrated experience. This has been especially helpful during our work from home strategy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ryan ReifschneiderManager, Information Services

Spectrum Health derives value and cost savings through consolidation of Jive into a modern Office 365 intranet


The solution leverages nearly the full range of the Office 365 suite. This includes MS Teams, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and the Power Platform. The migration process itself especially made effective use of Power Platform tools - Power BI, Power Automate & Power Apps.

Solution Summary

Spectrum Health made heavy use of Jive for its internal needs. This platform facilitated collaboration and sharing for a diverse set of content (documents, discussions, blogs, videos, web pages, tasks, and more). It also supported a variety of use cases including both open communities as well as secured collaboration for business groups and project teams. Although Jive served a valuable purpose, a couple of prominent issues arose. Firstly, despite its large overlap in functionality with office 365, Jive came with a considerable licensing cost. Secondly, the legacy system had an outdated information architecture, no longer accurately reflecting Spectrum Health’s current view of itself, making it difficult to find information. It was decided that a consolidated and modernized content & collaboration implementation in Office 365 would provide an answer to both problems, while also setting the organization on a path of continued innovation in partnership with Microsoft & Netwoven.

This transformation did not come without challenges. Aligning a large, diverse group with different interests on an agreed information architecture is not an easy task. Neither is providing a cohesive user experience that ensures business continuity throughout a large consolidation project. Netwoven assisted Spectrum Health through the facilitation of workshops where the attendees made decisions on architecture, governance, user experience & migration strategy. These included performing card sorting and tree testing activities to validate the decisions made. Netwoven also defined robust and flexible migration processes, mapping every use case to Office 365, and providing stakeholders with a clear vision of the expected user experience. The final solution created a unified content collaboration experience for users that leverages the entire Office 365 suite. The rollout of this solution was accompanied by an extensive and targeted adoption program to ensure a smooth transition for the many different roles across their entire organization.


Spectrum Health was using Jive as their primary enterprise messaging and collaboration platform for several years. The platform was predominantly being used as a document repository by thousands of user groups and communities for sharing content, collaboration, managing projects, and more. Jive was also used as groups and community portals to share updates, news, discussions, events, conduct polls, and more. Each user also had their personal space for managing private content. Jive’s adoption was quite encouraging in Spectrum Health. Despite the solid experience with Jive, Spectrum Health decided to migrate from Jive, for several reasons:

  • Office 365 was adopted as enterprise emailing and messaging solutions. Other workloads of Office 365 came as bundled with the license, provides collaboration capabilities that greatly overlap with that of Jive. This questioned continued licensing for Jive as a stand-alone collaboration platform.
  • The presence of multiple platforms would create confusion with the established processes.
  • Unification of the collaboration experience for the organization by consolidating on one platform.
  • Strategic alignment with Microsoft as content & collaboration partner of choice
  • Significant savings from annual Jive licensing cost

Spectrum Health was also exploring options to implement real-time user collaboration through voice, video, and messaging channels as these had become a norm in the industry. So, the root-level adoption of Office 365 was of great significance. The goal was to move towards a seamlessly integrated social collaboration experience and avoiding a disconnected experience across multiple tools and platforms. The dilemma was, however, about migrating thousands of Jive communities and their conversations and content over to new platforms (Office 365) while ensuring business continuity at its maximum efficiency. There was also a huge concern about the change of user experience that had become the norm over the past several years. Stakeholders expressed concern about the potential loss of features and information due to unfamiliarity with Office 365 workloads in general. Of course, the overarching question was also about the cost, timeline, and unknown risks from migration.

Solution Strategy

To help Spectrum Health transition from Jive to Office 365, Netwoven designed a five-step flexible & customized migration strategy, based on the specific use cases and challenges anticipated by Spectrum Health. Netwoven’s experience from similar migration was factored in for perfection.

1. Migration readiness assessment (Discovery & analysis)

Before starting the migration, Netwoven uses the Power BI tool to create an interactive content inventory and analysis report which is an excellent way to determine

  • what content exists in Jive, what needs to be migrated, what can be archived.
  • It helps to understand what the best mapping options for Jive content types and who are top contributors to notify about migration.
  • This is one of the most powerful reports, that gives the entire jive inventory with the user story behind it.
  • This interactive Power BI report list all the places with their activity date and size, all files and documents with their metadata, blogs, discussions and questions, comments, events, videos, tasks, checkpoints, and many more. Gives the ability to search, sort, and filter inventory information based on content type, status, and year of modification.

Once the inventory and analysis report is ready, it will be easier to take important decisions on migration, knowing what is needed and what is not.

Next Netwoven arranged a workshop to get a full understanding of Spectrum Health’s organizational structure to make determinations on architecture structure and security model. After the workshop, the team did the following:

  • Proposed a target information structure to match Spectrum Health’s organizational structure and function
  • Created POC sites on all use cases discussed in the workshop
  • Created a detailed Migration Strategy document content with container and content classification and their proposed target mapping. Addressed all the requirement to classify the content accurately and migrate related documents and discussions together into a group site with MS Teams as conversation channels.

2. Tool customization

Jive to Office 365 Migration tool built on .Net and Microsoft SQL is owned by Netwoven is best suited for Jive data migration - this is the backbone of the migration process.

All Jive container and content types and nicely mapped with the Office 365 objects like SharePoint, MS Teams, Yammer.

The tool was customized to meet all the use case scenario for Spectrum like:

  • Created the SharePoint home page with OOTB & Custom web parts (e.g. Mosaic, featured content, Categories, etc.) to allow the users to have a consistent experience from Jive
  • Custom SPFx webpart “Rich Text Editor “is created to solve the editor issue
  • Another SPFx webpart “Mosaic” is created to support the home page functionality

3. Test & pilot migration

Test migration helps Spectrum Health to visualize the customization that was agreed on in the workshop. Sites created on the production environment to replicate the same look & feel which was coming on the actual migration.

Pilot migration, to demonstrate how production migration would work and to test existing data in production, the team carried out a pilot migration exercise by mapping out content from few listed Jive places and applying the target information structure, classification, and metadata rules and then migrating to specific SharePoint site collections, MS Teams, and OneDrive.

4. Final & delta migration

After the successful pilot migration, the team started the final migration. Team Came up with a big bang migration approach and phased delta migration to support the migration process of more than 10,000 containers including personal spaces

  • Customized the in-house tool for modular migration to speed up the migration process of terabytes of content to meet the timeline.
  • Mapped all the Jive projects to MS Teams and mapped the permission from their parent
  • Took the full advantage of Office 365 groups sharing and permission model to replicate the Jive sharing and permission model.
  • Tool not only migrate the content, but it also works on the SharePoint home page and customized the page with OOTB & Custom webparts to make the user feel more comfortable.
  • The team generated validation reports to ensure they have successfully migrated the entire content to the target location
  • Created a canvas Power APP helps the site owners as well as QA of the migration team to address the questions and issues related to migration very effectively and ensure that all issues are resolved on time

5. Post-migration support

To ensure users could find the newly migrated content on the Office 365 platform, Netwoven provided 3 weeks of post-migration support.

And also Netwoven implemented the “URL Redirection” module which helps the user to find their Jive content easily.

When the user pastes the old Jive URL in the browser, it will redirect them on this page with the new site’s URL. User can update their bookmark for future reference.


Spectrum Health was looking for an easier collaboration tool for its employees to find hospital documents, Operations, Marketing, Legal, Human Resources, and other internal documents to support their daily activities. By working with Netwoven through an initial assessment and PoC sessions, they realized that Office 365 provides a complete and modern environment to meet their expectations.

The migration helped Spectrum Health to rebuild their information architecture in O365. Hundreds of spaces/subspaces were merged into one site based on their usage. Non-active sites were archived into a Team site. Personal documents and blogs migrated with their sharing features into one drive.

All relevant Jive content now migrated to Office 365, providing great benefits to end-users, business units of the Company, IT staffs, and the management as they now have access to all content (migrated from Jive and other content from Office 365) under one platform and have a consistent user experience for content usage. The end-users were able to find information easily by navigating the portal and by using the search function.

Above all, this new system resulted in cost-saving and seamless integration with all cloud applications and increased end-user satisfaction.

Solutions Provided
  • Jive to Office 365 Migration
Products Used
  • Microsoft 365
  • Office 365
  • SharePoint Online
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Power BI
  • Power Apps
  • Power Automate
System Replaced
  • Jive

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