Monday, June 08, 2009

Migration Factory

Recently, I have been hearing a lot of buzz around the term - "Migration Factory". A lot of IT service companies have jumped on this buzzword and offer conversion services based on the Migration Factory model.
So what exactly is a Migration Factory? A Migration Factory is a methodology that endeavours to adopt a factory model for churning out migrated components. Essentially the migration landscape is segmented into various well-defined tasks and each segmented task is assigned to dedicated teams having specialized skills in that area. An analogy to a vehicle manufacturing factory would give a fair idea of what the methodology tries to achieve. So this essentially is an assembly line methodology with phases such as planning, assessment, conversion, implementation, etc.

The key drivers in the Migration Factory approach are the reuse of patterns, models, tools gained from past experiences. Toolkits for automation of activities such as code converstion, automated regression testing, etc. form a important part of the Factory model.

In my personal experience, I have observed that no migration project is the same. Each project brings its own technology and business challenges, but we can reuse the best practices and other tools developed in previous engagements.