Microsoft recently released BizTalk 2016 and you can read all about what's new in this version here.
For companies, however, migrating to a new version of BizTalk can be challenging. We've summarized the most important things to keep in mind when upgrading to BizTalk 2016.
Build a roadmap and a timeline
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 that takes into account periods of heavy use and adjust your upgrade to reduce risk.
Build a history
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.
Second, it is essential to evaluate the operational management of your BizTalk environment.
- Who holds the overall responsibility?
- What are the hands-on operational task and who are responsible for those?
- Are you satisfied with how operations is?
- Do you feel confident?
Build an Application Lifecycle Management ecosystem and an upgrade environment
If you don’t feel like turning the tide when it gets tough, take your precautions. Application Lifecycle Management will be important through the 2016 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.
Begin the actual business process migration
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 betime to begin actual production migration of your business processes.
As each process is migrated, it is key to always review the performance of the process against the performance from you "old" environment.
Check out this recorded webinar on how to create a BizTalk Health Check!