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.
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
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
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
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