A 3-step plan for DevOps platform migration

Aug 25, 2022 · 5 min read · Leave a comment
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When making your DevOps platform migration plan, less really is more, at least when it comes to tools.

Our 2022 Global DevSecOps Survey found that not only do teams have lots of tools, they spend a significant amount of time managing them. All told 40% of developers spend between one quarter and one half of their time on toolchain maintenance and integration, and another 33% spend between 50% and all of their time on this task. So it’s hardly a surprise that 69% of survey takers said they want to consolidate their toolchains.

One obvious way to consolidate is migrating to a DevOps platform. DevOps platform migration does take some planning and teamwork, but it can be done. Here’s a 3-step plan (and a self-evaluation checklist) to get teams started.

Choose the right path

The most important thing to know about migrating to an end-to-end DevOps platform is that everyone's needs are different so there isn’t one “right way” to carry out your migration.

A company that has 1,000 users will have completely different DevOps needs than a company that has 5,000 users. What your specific DevOps platform migration plan requires will depend on the types of projects you migrate, the file types within those projects, and a whole host of other parameters. Because of this, there is not a “one size fits all” migration process for everyone to follow.

Here’s a basic 3-step guide for migrating to a DevOps platform:

Begin by identifying the strategic goals and be clear about why they are a priority for future business plans.

Evaluate tools currently in use that no longer serve future goals. Ultimately the goal should be to operate entirely out of a single application for maximum efficiency. But it may make sense to migrate some things now and others down the line.

This is the time to become a historian and discern which tools have been problematic in the past. Consider what to migrate right away or later on and why (i.e., instability or costly maintenance and licensing) and really use that to inform the migration process.

An important note: Take into consideration the business disruption that migration has on a company. Replacing existing tools with a new DevOps platform in one step could mean sweeping changes across the organization, and the fallout might not be worth it. Instead, start with the things taking time, effort and money to maintain. And continue to keep it as simple and streamlined as possible.

Have everyone on the team complete a self-evaluation so there are no surprises.

Do a self-evaluation

Here are key questions to ask:

Check out our Migrating to a DevOps platform eBook for even more useful information about how to complete a successful DevOps platform migration.

“Too many tools means time wasted. Use our 3-step plan and detailed checklist to jumpstart a DevOps platform migration” – Lauren Minning

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