There are plenty of challenges and obstacles, it is the way you handle them which makes all the difference.
We are sure everyone has a story or two which they can recount about challenges they have faced and how they’ve successfully overcome them. Here is one we wanted to share with you relating to a Vamosa migration project.
Our customer was a large worldwide hotel brand who had acquired a large midscale hotel brand in North America. Vamosa had been involved with them before following a previous acquisition migration project, so it was great to see their business growth and to be working with them again. Following the acquisition, the challenge was to standardise and consolidate all their content into a central managed Adobe Experience Manager Platform (AEM), incorporating all content relating to the new brand, covering 900 hotel properties and ensuring all corporate branding was applied.
Building on the success of the previous project, we agreed that a similar approach to the data migration would be used:
- The data input was provided through a series of inputs in Excel
- The content creation and update activity was planned to fall outside standard US EST business hours to miminise impact on the content authors who worked in this time zone
- Five migration phases were scheduled allowing the customer to have the flexibility to manage when content was migrated and when each hotel would go live. A repeatable process was defined to ensure that consistent results were delivered
During the project, we were faced with a couple of challenges and working with the customer we were able to quickly deliver a solution without having to redo any previous work and also helping to deliver cost savings as we remained on track to the previously agreed timescales.
In addition to using AEM as a target, there was a requirement for images to be migrated into an Amazon S3 Web Bucket. However, after uploading 9500 images into Amazon S3 it was realised by the customer that the storage location assigned in the input sheet was ‘flat’ and incorrect. We discussed the options with them and decided that using the Vamosa tool it would be possible to automatically reorganise the files within S3 into a more suitable folder structure. So, once they informed us of the new structure we completed the reorganisation, saving additional work and time to delete and create the images again.
Our second challenge came towards the end of the project, when the customer realised the AEM asset storage location was also in Amazon S3 and images uploaded into that location were high quality, requiring over 400 Gigabytes of disk space. This was expensive to the customer on two fronts; large images used on the website would affect the download time of each page and Amazon S3 was charged at ‘pay for use’. As a solution the migration team was able to batch compress the images in Amazon S3 and reduce the overall size by 90% – delivering a significant saving to the customer.
At Vamosa we believe that there is always a way to solve an issue. Our projects and life are always throwing ‘spanners in the works’ and we just need to find a way to solve them. With this project we had a couple of challenges, which working together in partnership with the customer we were able suggest changes and ultimately deliver the project and achieve their migration objective – content specifically related to the acquisition was standardised and created within a production system, ensuring each hotel used the same corporate branding, providing a consistent view across the chain.
This reinforces the reason why the customer approached the T-System migration team to deliver another successful web migration.
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A division of T-Systems, Vamosa Technologies specializes in content migration to cloud, on-premises and hybrid cloud systems. With two decades of customer migrations, Vamosa Technologies has experience with a comprehensive range of leading enterprise content management systems. To learn more about services from Vamosa Technologies, please read our case studies and whitepapers or contact us.