Digital transformation is a big theme in almost every enterprise today, and executives are looking to adopt Agile practices throughout the company. An agile enterprise is scalable, accommodates growth, and quickly adopts new technology and processes to deliver value to its customers. More often than not, the process of transforming into an agile enterprise involves adopting new tools that support such agile methodologies. Modernizing the toolchain to enable digital transformation requires strategical planning, evaluation, and appropriate management. Read more about Migration Challenges in the blog here.
While there are challenges in any kind of migration, moving to a more Agile ALM tool (like Azure DevOps, Atlassian Jira, etc.) has additional challenges:
1. Model mismatch between the systems: One of the reasons that teams are looking to use a different system is because it allows them to use a different process and provides additional capabilities. It is challenging to transform the data before it is transferred to the new system.
2. Multiple projects in various stages of completion: It is impossible to plan in a way that all the projects are complete in the old system, and new projects start in the new system. Also, new projects will always have associations with old projects and need to be referenced frequently.
3. System downtime impacting productivity: Most of the migration solutions require the teams to stop using the old system while the migration is ongoing. Also, they need to validate that migration is completed successfully before resuming work in the new system.
OpsHub Integration Manager (OIM) supports full fidelity migration of work-items between 50+ tools out of the box. Enterprises can migrate all the artifacts (e.g., Epic, Feature, Iteration, Area Path, Requirements, Story, Bug, Task, Sub-task, Test Cases, Test Suites, Test Results, Test Runs, etc.) from one system to other with all the history, attachments and associations. A full fidelity migration using OpsHub Integration Manager has the following features:
Zero system downtime during migration
OIM provides a zero-downtime migration option wherein teams can continue to use the current system while the migration is ongoing. That allows enterprises to plan the migration in a phased manner and train the teams accordingly to switch them to a more agile tool.
History for all migrated data
OIM supports migration of all the artifacts with entire history, comments, attachments, and relationships. That ensures a complete migration to a more modern tool of choice without the need to keep the older system for reference. It is specifically important for enterprises where regulatory compliance drives a lot of decisions
Robust recovery and reconciliation mechanism
OIM offers a sound recovery and reconciliation mechanism that prevents data loss and allows for migration to restart from any intermediate point. In case of an error or a change in requirement, the migration doesn’t need to restart from beginning.
Highly scalable with a factory approach
OIM provides a factory approach to migration, where once the configuration to migrate a project is completed and validated, it can be reused to migrate thousands of project without needing to repeat everything for all the projects. This is especially useful in large scale migration projects involving several projects/teams
High data fidelity post-migration
OIM can bridge the gap of model mismatch between the source and the target systems, and there is no data loss post migration. That is extremely important for enterprises concerned with regulatory compliance. OIM ensures that all the desired data is migrated with the right context and relationships.
Data migration is the first step towards a larger goal – leveraging a new tool to modernize the product development ecosystem and drive digital transformation. While the task to choose the right tool is difficult, migrating data from the current tool is sometimes prohibitive. Successful data migration is important to do away with the legacy system but also to utilize the modern tool of choice fully. Successful data migration ensures that organizations always work with accurate data that supports the needs of the business, mitigates the risk of delays, substandard quality products, and budget overruns. OIM is the right platform with all the necessary features to provide a one-stop solution for data migration which eliminates migration risks and ensures a timely and on-budget migration.