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Migration Strategy

This document provides an initial migration plan for project moving to the Skpr hosting platform.

Steps

Skpr’s support managers recommend a 6 step plan when migrating an existing application to the Skpr hosting platform.

Overview

Step 1. Discovery

Discovery is where all stakeholders come together and discuss the project/application.

During the process, a Skpr support manager will take notes and modify this plan to meet stakeholder requirements.

Topics which will be discussed include:

  • Responsibilities - Determine responsibilities for this migration project eg. Who will be responsible for the application migration, review, and final Go Live tasks?
  • Certificates - The Skpr hosting platform automatically provisions certificates. Some clients prefer to bring their own certificates which requires extra coordination for provisioning and deployment.
  • DNS - Determine which team(s) manage the DNS for the application. This is to avoid last-minute migration dependency issues.
  • Integrations - External services to which the application connects and determine if any platform modifications are required.
  • Business Requirements - This is an opportunity to discuss the business aspects of the migration eg. migration windows and timelines.
  • Security Requirements - Determine if the site owners have an established security process that needs to be considered during this migration.

Step 2. Migration

The Skpr support manager and development team will work closely to deliver dev, stg, and prod environments running on top of the Skpr hosting platform.

Application changes/updates may include:

  • Local development tooling
  • CI/CD workflow configuration
  • Application changes eg. Integration with Skpr Configuration

Step 3. User Acceptance Testing

The site(s) can now be tested by stakeholders and a Go Live window can be established.

Step 4. Preparation

  • Certificates provisioned and ready for deployment
  • DNS configuration and update window provided to the appropriate team(s)

Step 5. Go Live

The site DNS will be updated and any additional Go Live tasks can be executed eg. Resync the database and files from the original site.

The Skpr support manager and development team will work closely to monitor and report on the status of the DNS configuration update and perform initial testing.

Once complete relevant stakeholders will also perform UAT testing.

Step 6. Support

The Skpr platform team with continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure any issues identified post-migration are resolved.

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