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How to make your BizTalk 2013 R2 a success?


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What do you experience when talking about software upgrade projects with your team? Fear, anxiety, doubts?
Whenever you evaluate upgrading to BizTalk 2013 R2, fear not! We often encounter IT departments in doubt towards BizTalk upgrade projects, yet have helped so many to succeed. We are here to help you in any or all stages of the migration process. The sooner the better, and the smoother will run your project. Discover these 6 steps that make the upgrade to BizTalk 2013 R2 a bright spot in your software upgrade history.

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How to make your BizTalk 2013 R2 a success?

  1. 1. Stepping Up to Microsoft BizTalk 2013 R2 Brought to you by:
  2. 2. Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of IT managers more than a major software upgrade
  3. 3. But if you follow a few simple steps, the upgrade to BizTalk 2013 R2 can be a bright spot in your software upgrade history
  4. 4. Step 1 Strongly Consider Working with an outside partner
  5. 5. Step 1 Regardless of the depth of your internal BizTalk talent, an upgrade of this importance should almost certainly make you consider the help of an outside partner. If your BizTalk team is like most, they are already maxed out on regular BizTalk work. Equally important is the neutral outsider’s view that a partner can bring to the upgrade. Outside consultants are governed by their ability to successfully complete projects; and the opportunity to help you complete your BizTalk upgrade will bring out the best in the best. Furthermore, the right partner can provide extensive migration experience and reduce the risk of typical unforeseen pitfalls you may encounter.
  6. 6. Step 2 Build a roadmap and a timeline
  7. 7. Step 2 Some organizations have seasonal spikes in the business processes handled through their BizTalk environment. Others do not. Regardless of your company’s operations, you’ll want to carefully develop a timeline for your BizTalk upgrade. This is a process where your partner can be invaluable because they have already handled other upgrades and can ensure that your timeline and roadmap are realistic. Your partner can walk you through a questionnaire and provide the best approach on migrating the platform, upgrading solutions, testing deployments, and stabilizing production. Additionally, the partner can provide a tailored plan and timeline that can get you up and running in BizTalk 2013 R2 seamlessly with little or no downtime.
  8. 8. Step 3 Build a history
  9. 9. Step 3 First, build a completely accurate map of how your BizTalk works and how your BizTalk behaves over time through your company´s business cycles. Evaluate your flows and processes, learn what is good and what is yet to be improved. What is key? • Point out problem areas prior to the upgrade. It allows you to solve small issues that can become much bigger after the upgrade. • Visualize your entire BizTalk environment and each individual business process. It gives you a reference for all of the pieces that will be affected by the upgrade. You can do all that with AIMS for BizTalk, the pure BizTalk monitoring tool. It is essential for ensuring a smooth 2013 R2 upgrade. Second, it is essential to evaluate the operational management of your BizTalk environment. • Who takes care? • Are you satisfied of how things go? • Do you feel confident? Your upgrade partner guides you through the entire process. Experts help you build and evaluate your history, determine where you want to go, and how. A partner like Codit has the tools and the experience you need to do just that. On the operational level, their Managed Services team is ready to take over the full operational responsibility of your BizTalk environment. Over 30 customers worldwide rely on Codit Managed Services. Are you ready to feel this safe?
  10. 10. Step 4 Build an ALM* ecosystem and an upgrade environment *Application Lifecycle Management
  11. 11. Step 4 If you don’t feel like turning the tide when it gets tough, take your precautions. Application Lifecycle Management will be important through the 2013 R2 upgrade process. ALM eliminates manual interactions: think off automated build, automated testing, automated deployment… and allows you to ensure that on each environment within your company, the same version of your applications is being released.
  12. 12. Step 5 Begin the actual Business Process migration
  13. 13. Step 5 Once you and your partner have agreed that your current BizTalk environment is at a healthy state, you have a good ALM ecosystem in place and the operational management of your BizTalk environment is in safe hands, it will be time to begin actual production migration of your business processes. As each process is migrated, it is key to always know what happens. AIMS for BizTalk will again begin gathering data. Imagine the power of comparing the performance of your upgraded BizTalk environment to your pre-upgrade statistics, at the system, business process or port level level. Or you can hire a partner like Codit who keeps an eye on your operations 24/7 for you. They monitor your system and take actions even before issues arise, are always at your fingertips when you need them, and have a team of integration specialists within reach to help you deal with your next major BizTalk challenge.
  14. 14. Step + As an optional step, have your partner develop an assessment and remediation plan as a best practice solution
  15. 15. Step + Your 2013 R2 upgrade may be the perfect opportunity to have your partner assess integration patterns and screen your solutions. As your partner migrates solutions, it’s a great time to implement and tweak your solutions, to optimize your business processes and to ensure your BizTalk environment is perfectly manageable. Just remember that your internal teams can never built up the same experience your partner offers. Use their experience gained in so many customer implementation and upgrade projects. Hire their profound expertise in the integration field. Trust upon their deep technological knowledge of BizTalk. Codit will help you to maximize the investments in your integration environment and hence, your entire technology landscape. All while you can focus on your core business.
  16. 16. Step 6 Once operational, continue monitoring
  17. 17. Step 6 Once the celebration for a job well-done is over, BizTalk will continue to tirelessly operate. Make sure that you have a good operational team in place to ensure the continuity of your business operations in BizTalk. It may be your team, a collaboration with a specialist BizTalk Managed Services team or a full handover of the responsibility to the latter. If your internal BizTalk staff is overwhelmed or still developing, please talk with your partner about their Managed Services offering. This way you free time to have your teams focus on added value tasks. Codit Managed Services is your partner who will monitor your environment 24/7 and quickly help you diagnose and fix any issues that may arise over time. Codit will also schedule regular reviews where all performance metrics can be easily digested by any and all of your stakeholders.
  18. 18. As your partners, we’re ready.