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Enterprise and Cloud Migration

Moving users, groups, and content from one GIS system to another

Organizations that are successful in their use of GIS across the enterprise continuously modernize to take advantage of new capabilities and maximize their technology investments to support business objectives. This modernization often requires migrating users, groups, and content from one GIS system to another. Successful and efficient migrations are achievable by leveraging a thoughtful approach to the planning and execution of migration activities. Migration strategies vary, depending on the size and goals of organizations, but the benefits are clear—better performance, lower costs, updated capabilities, and compliant security.

Why migrate?


How we approach migration


Prepare the groundwork for your migration. Identify your organization's business objectives to justify migrating your GIS to achieve these goals.


Develop and document your migration strategy. An effective plan aligns technology to business needs and considers people, process, and technology.


Prepare, implement, operate, and review migration activities, such as multiple scales of migration, based on your strategy.

Most common migration patterns

Migration can take various forms based on your unique situation and chosen strategy.


Small-scale "lift-and-shift" effort

  • Same source and target architecture

  • Moving content as is

  • Same software version or straightforward upgrade path


Medium-scale effort with limited modernization

  • Changes to content publication strategy

  • Leverage cloud native capabilities

  • Minor networking changes

  • Small-scale content cleanup


Large-scale effort with architecture changes

  • Significant content cleanup

  • Adding additional server roles

  • Architecture reenvisioning


Leveraging new, transformational GIS patterns

  • Moving into on-premises from pure software as a service (SaaS)

  • Transitioning from server GIS to Web GIS

  • Adopting microservices and containerization

Find out more about migration

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