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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?

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How we approach migration

Understand

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

Plan

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

Act

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.

Rehost

Small-scale "lift-and-shift" effort

Same source and target architecture

Moving content as is

Same software version or straightforward upgrade path

Refactor

Medium-scale effort with limited modernization

Changes to content publication strategy

Leverage cloud native capabilities

Minor networking changes

Small-scale content cleanup

Rearchitect

Large-scale effort with architecture changes

Significant content cleanup

Adding additional server roles

Architecture reenvisioning

Rebuild

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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