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Why migrating to WebSphere V9 is easier than you think

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There are many reasons to be excited about the significant enhancements made to the latest release of WebSphere Application Server Version 9, for on- and off-premises environments — and everything in between. WebSphere V9 makes it easy to rapidly create new cloud-native applications, microservices and APIs. You can also easily connect existing applications to cloud services and optimize your entire infrastructure to deploy applications across any environment and cut costs.

While these new capabilities are fun to dream about, when I say “migration,” you might think “headache.” It’s true, for some, platform upgrades can be headache-inducing — but not anymore.

IBM has made migration easier than ever before. There are many ways to migrate, and IBM has developed a rich set of options to choose from based on your current environment and resources. Whether you want self-service tools, additional code to automate processes or IBM experts to guide you at every step, there is a migration option for your situation.

As an existing or new WebSphere customer you can select from a series of tools, guides, best practices, education workshops, in-person phone support and an entire IBM Level 2 Migration Assist support team to help ensure your migration is seamless and headache-free. And, one of the best kept secrets is leveraging IBM WebSphere for Bluemix.

Here are some key ways IBM migration accelerators and services can help you.

Looking for an initial estimate to size your migration effort?

Look no further than the WebSphere Migration Discovery Tool. By answering a few questions on your applications, installation and testing practices, the tool will produce a ballpark estimate of the time and resources needed for your migration. Check it out in this short video:

Need tools for planning, developing and administering your migration?

The WebSphere Migration Toolkit provides fast and accurate code analysis. It highlights key areas that need to be changed, makes code change suggestions and collects the migration data. This can save you from doing a lot of manual and potentially error-prone work. These tools are able to quickly scan code against more than 100 migration rules. Compare that to the time it might take you to do 100-plus manual scans yourself!

Need live help? The IBM Migration Assist Service is there to answer your call

For clients looking to migrate, IBM offers no-cost migration help provided directly by the IBM Level 2 support team. You read that correctly — this migration assistance comes at no charge! The Level 2 migration assist lead will provide migration guidance, best practices, lessons learned, and answer any questions you may have.

Want advice? Need to understand your options?

The IBM Software Services for WebSphere team can help you evaluate options for migrating your existing WebSphere applications and infrastructure to WebSphere V9. They’ll work with you and your development team to help ease your migration effort by providing a plan built with best practices. For more information, contact a software services sales specialist.

How can WebSphere for Bluemix help speed migrations?

You can even use WebSphere for Bluemix in a non-production environment to “test drive” the IBM cloud. WebSphere for Bluemix offers immediate access to test infrastructure so you can complete your migrations faster. To further cut costs, consider the flexible, pay-as- you-go pricing models Bluemix offers. Get started at no charge on the Bluemix website.

Want more? Visit “our one-stop shop” for WebSphere migrations, the WebSphere migration knowledge collection center, to access all the tools, guides, services and money-saving offers available to you to easily migrate to WebSphere V9. No headaches ahead!

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