Pepsi is undergoing an exercise to prepare for their migration to WebSphere Portal 8.5. We helped them evaluate their staged approach to moving to portal, and how to conduct a migration with minimal downtime and rework of existing procedures. One of the challenges we faced in this project is that currently, many of their pages are on legacy portal format, but they want to take advantage of the new features in 8.5.
Part of the analysis we did was to help them understand how the process would work to use the Portal Page Migration Tool, and how this would effect new theme work.
In addition we conducted training on the new features of 8.5, performance baselines, and reviews of testing methodologies. Out of the project we came away with a plan for conducting the migration in a way that let them use existing 8.5 installs, as well as merge them into the new migrated content. This allowed Pepsi to avoid duplicated effort and provisioning hardware for only short periods of time, only to destroy others.