Migrate to IBM Watson Commerce v9

IBM has announced that they will discontinue v7 support in April, 2019. Customers on v7, therefore, need to think about a migration project.

IBM Watson Commerce v9 has been released that gives organizations greater agility and flexibility to speedily innovate and to quickly adjust their go-to-market strategies and transform how they engage customers across channels. A lot of significant architectural changes bring the platform into a new era.

What’s New in WCS v9?

Modular Architecture

Driving Better Scale with Less Overhead

Docker

Makes it Easy to Create, Deploy and Run Applications

Microservices Approach

Delivers Faster Innovation

Lower TCO

Modern Technology Accelerates Innovation and Improves Performance

Support for Headless Architectures

CMS is decoupled from the ecommerce system

xC Customization

No need to customize the core product (transactional servers)

Deeper Integration with IBM’s Ecosystem of Applications

Such as IBM WCH and IBM Watson Commerce Insights

A Comprehensive Framework to IBM WCS v9 Migration

  • How easy/difficult is this migration?
  • Is there sufficient time before v7 supports goes off?
  • Is there a rapid way to migrate, since it is more of a re-implementation instead of a straight migration?
  • How can the client benefit all the new features as part of the migration?

As per Industry Standards, Migration is defined as three distinct activities. However, the reality is that a single migration may include all three concepts!

Move

User the procedures for moving a farm or components when you are changing to different hardware. For example, use these procedures if you move to computers that have faster processors or larger hard disks.

Migrate

Use the procedures for migrating a farm or components when you are changing to a different version of platform. For example, use these procedures if you change from WebSphere Commerce v7.0 to v9.0

Upgrade

Use the procedures for upgrading a farm or components when you are changing to a different version of a particular release i.e. from WebSphere Commerce v8.0 to v8.0.4.8

Why consider “Migration” right now?

IBM has announced that they will discontinue v7 support in April 2019. The extended support option will be available but it comes at a price.
IBM WCS v9 is a substantial step for IBM to alter the way their E-commerce platform manages maintenance and customization. After v9 migration (If you shift all your customization to the xC platform) clients will not be required to pay a single penny for any of the future migration and if you were taking ten hours a day updating all your instances across the platform, using “Docker” you would be able to do the same for less than four hours.
IBM has not just developed an “as a service” cloud business enterprise reaching $10 billion, in fact, it has also utilized with significant success its “power of incumbency” among the world’s biggest corporations by offering software, hardware and consulting services to make it easier for those customers transform their legacy systems into cloud or cloud-compatible environments. That has become a $7-billion business for IBM with some excellent customer use cases. On the other end, IBM.

Upcoming Webinar

Speed up Innovation Using
IBM Watson Commerce v9 with Dockers

What all “Migration” options do we have for
IBM WCS v9?

Lift & Shift (Move, Upgrade) – IBM WCS v9 Migration

This is appropriate for customers who:

  • Are not sure about when they should migrate but are worried about IBM support for v7 ending in April 2017.
  • Are not sure if they want to move to the cloud and need more time to evaluate different options (feel free to reach out to me for a quick discussion).
  • Are not aware of what v9 platform has to offer in detail and need time planning how they can take full advantage of all the new stuff.
  • Want to quickly upgrade their platform to the latest version, and then gradually move their customization in a phased manner taking advantage of new features available on v9.
  • Would take anywhere from 03 – 06 Months for implementation.
Re-Implementation (Move, Migrate, Upgrade)

This is suitable for customers who:

  • Want better, faster UI experience for their Desktop/Mobile/Tablet customers, thereby making use of the NEW jQuery Storefront in v9 which takes fluidity, responsiveness and better load handling capability across all the devices. Want to see a jQuery Store in action? Please ask me.
  • Want to implement and automate the build, deploy, testing processes (all of this can SAVE a client anywhere between $10K – $30K per month) using the available CI/CD pipeline. Feel free to reach out for a demo.
  • Want to take advantage of the new XC architecture. Moving all enhancement to xC container would mean that customers do not have to plan any other migration in the future. How? Feel free to reach out to me.
  • It takes around 09 – 12 Months for implementation.

How much will this Migration/Re-Implementation cost (time, money)?

We arrange a Three-Week IBM WCS v9 Migration assessment and the deliverables include:

  • Fit-Gap Analysis: Royal Cyber Team (comprising of a Project Manager, Commerce Architect, Database Architect, WCS Developer with XC Experience) will sit with your stakeholders to go through your current solution and flag what “fits” and where the “gap” is! This document is made keeping in mind what new features are available OOTB, what is discontinued/deprecated, which customizations can be replaced with Royal Cyber “Widgets” (comes with RC Support) etc.
  • High-Level Migration Project Plan: High-Level Plan to give an accurate picture of how much time and the cost will be involved in the complete migration (a phased approach).
Royal Cyber Webcast
Migrate to Watson Commerce v9

An introduction to Best Practices for migration to IBM Watson Commerce v9. This webcast highlights the new features and benefits of IBM Watson Commerce v9 and the importance of migration to remain competitive.

You will learn about:

  • Why Move to Watson Commerce v9?
  • Features/Benefits of IBM Watson Commerce v9
  • Best Practices for migration to IBM Watson Commerce v9

Let’s Discuss How We Can Help You.

Since 15+ years Royal Cyber has been assisting many customers to achieve success in the E-commerce domain. Our experience and innovation enable us to be your technology partner, guiding and working with you on your roadmap. We are technology agnostic and a global corporation with offices in 9 countries.

Limited Special Offer:  A complimentary, no-obligation consultation to help you upgrade fast and effectively.

About Royal Cyber

Royal Cyber commenced its operations in year 2002 as a specialized Technology provider, headquartered out of Naperville, IL and further striding in as a software deployment service provider by partnering with IBM as a Business Authorized trainer and Microsoft Certified Gold Partner. Today we stand tall as a One Stop Shop for all your IT needs.

How Royal Cyber Can Help

Book Your 5 Hr Consultation