At Strypes, we have impressive experience with migration projects. Our most challenging work so far has been the migration of main source code from 32-bit to 64-bit architecture. The product in question was embedded software running on photolithographic machines. Upon completion of this transformational project, we decided to share what it entailed and why it makes sense for you to also consider the same step.
32-bit vs 64-bit - explained
More bits means that your data can be processed faster and your system can “call” more instances of the physical memory. Of course, to innovate you also need to invest some resources – in this case you have to provide more memory and storage space in exchange for improved speed and accuracy.
Why should you consider this change?
Improved speed of your business applications results in higher efficiency of your business – you can do more, produce more and sell more within the same amount of time.
For our client the 32-bit to 64-bit migration meant that their machines could produce more wafers for a shorter amount of time. Thus their clients – other manufacturing companies, could push more products to market faster or manufacture more complex products with the same machine.
Project phases. Main challenges.
Migration is a long-term commitment. It took 8 quarters of hard work in tight collaboration with our client to migrate their main source code to 64-bit. The most important thing to remember is that transformational projects like that can be successful only if started on the right foot from the beginning.
Large-scale enterprise application suites count on thousands of dependencies – within each application, between applications, and even with third-party software. Before a migration project starts, a discovery phase should be conducted. It has to include detailed investigation of the core application structure and all systems it interacts with. For a successful migration, you have to consider possible app hiccups - and there’s a lot of them.
Another prerequisite for successful project is to establish strong rapport and partnership with your clients. Brilliant stakeholder management is key because this kind of migration projects concern the core business. What is happening should be on everybody’s priority list; and not just on the service provider’s agenda. For example, we at Strypes strive to become an extension of their client’s team; to work and act like part of the organization. In turn, we expect that the client welcomes us and encourages their employees to cooperate with us.
If you’re facing a similar project in your pipeline, it’s worth to plan it strategically and split it into manageable phases. We prepared a thorough white paper that showcases our own approach to 32-bit – 64-bit migration.
Download it to get some insight on best practices for large-scale migration, and see how Strypes can help your organization reach success.