successful upgrades everything you need to know for a smooth transition n.
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Successful Upgrades: Everything You Need to Know for a Smooth Transition PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
Successful Upgrades: Everything You Need to Know for a Smooth Transition

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 29

Successful Upgrades: Everything You Need to Know for a Smooth Transition - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

Successful Upgrades: Everything You Need to Know for a Smooth Transition. Agenda. General Upgrade Principles Types of CA Upgrades Types of Upgrade Projects Steps in a Traditional and Fresh Start Upgrade Keys to Success Lessons Learned

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Successful Upgrades: Everything You Need to Know for a Smooth Transition' - denver

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
  • General Upgrade Principles
  • Types of CA Upgrades
  • Types of Upgrade Projects
  • Steps in a Traditional and Fresh Start Upgrade
  • Keys to Success
  • Lessons Learned
    • Liberty Mutual (John), Gamestop (Marc), Chubb (Danette) , Emerging Health (Tammi)
  • Upgrading to 13.2 and 13.3 – Things to Watch For
  • Appendix
    • Rego Estimates for Upgrades
general upgrade principles
General Upgrade Principles
  • Communication
    • Have a comprehensive and aggressive communication plan to ensure that the upgrade is viewed as an investment that will benefit the user community
    • Create release notes and communication deck and plans
    • Create a Marketing Campaign that re-sells Clarity
  • Reconnect with Users
    • Take the opportunity to ‘reconnect’ with user base and take in requirements for future releases
    • You have their attention – use a major release as an opportunity to find out how they are using Clarity – ask for what functions you need to test
  • Share the Vision
    • Show overall Clarity Road Map
    • Outline the next functionality to be updated (post conversion) that will introduce new capabilities
general upgrade principles1
General Upgrade Principles
  • Stay Current, but not TOO current
    • Stay within 2 releases if possible
    • Do not be on the bleeding edge unless needed; wait for a release to be “solid”
    • Generally, we advise clients to wait until the first “dot” release after a major release
  • Like for Like
    • Upgrade Release focused on ‘like-for-like’ plus maybe some new data views (reports/portlets)
    • Easier to validate data within the upgraded environment when processes and functions are the same as previous version
    • Target a NEW functionality release within a reasonable time after the upgrade (able to leverage the same communications plan, set expectations, show additional progress, etc.)
type of upgrade project
Type of Upgrade Project
  • Traditional Upgrade
    • Apply the upgrade to the current environment
  • Fresh Start Upgrade
    • Install a new environment and migrate specific data and configuration from the old environment into the new version environment
  • Why a Fresh Start
    • Advantages of Fresh Start
      • The biggest advantage is for clients that have a lot of legacy data or configuration that isn't relevant in their environment anymore.   We can choose what data and what configuration to leave behind and what to migrate to their new system.
      • This can substantially clean up and streamline environment.  
      • In some instances this approach is a lot easier especially if the client is trying to jump many versions in their upgrade.  
    • Disadvantage of Fresh Start
      • The biggest disadvantage is that users will lose all of their configurations, saved filters, etc. since they cannot be ported to the new system.
      • Typically more labor intensive than a standard upgrade.
steps in a traditional upgrade
Steps in a Traditional Upgrade
  • Validate the Infrastructure – HW and SW Stack
  • Install Clarity and BO in Development
    • Smoke and Regression Testing
    • Issue Resolution and Remediation
  • Install Clarity and BO in Test
    • Smoke and Regression Testing
    • Migration of Remediation
    • UAT
    • Training Materials and End User Training
  • Install Clarity and BO in Production
    • Smoke and Regression Testing
    • Migration of Remediation
    • Training
steps in a fresh start upgrade
Steps in a Fresh Start Upgrade
  • Validate the Infrastructure
  • Architecture – What to Bring Over
    • Decide on Configuration – Fields, Objects, Processes, Portlets, Reports
    • Decide on Data – Time, Projects, Ideas
  • Migrate Configuration
    • Install Base Application in Development, Test, and Prod
    • Base Configuration in DEV
    • Migrate Configuration from existing PROD to new DEV
    • Validate/Approve Configuration in DEV
    • Move configuration to new TEST/PROD
    • UAT
    • Develop Training Materials
  • Migrate Data
    • Migrate Data from existing PROD to new DEV
    • Validate/Approve Data in DEV
    • Migrate Data from existing PROD to new TEST
    • UAT
  • Go Live
    • Training
    • Migrate Data from existing PROD to new PROD

Note: A fresh start upgrade is not plug-and-play. Each one has to be tailored to the specific versions of the source and destination environments and to the configurations each environment.

keys pre implementation
Keys: Pre-Implementation
    • Review Release Notes
    • Take the time to review CA’s documentation showing the bugs fixed, data model changes, etc.
  • Where the Most Trouble Comes
    • Data Model changes – Search portlet queries for fields used (we can give you the code)
    • Interfaces/Feeds – CA periodically will change the XOG properties
    • GEL Scripts – Some GEL has DB queries, others have XOG calls
    • Environment
    • On Premise – Review the technical architecture
    • On Premise/SaaS – Microsoft product integration support (MSP, Excel, etc)
    • Be An Informed Consumer
    • Perform your own assessment first if possible – pull in the experts only for the tough stuff and for things they may have seen elsewhere
    • Training/Change Management Impact
    • Determine impact to ‘New Screen Shots’ needed for Clarity and Open Workbench
    • Overall content updates for training
keys testing
Keys: Testing
    • Basic Testing
    • Interfaces / Data Feeds
    • Views (Portlets/Reports/WEBI) – Run everything once
    • Scheduler connections
    • User Interface – menu, pages, subpages,/tabs object edit screens
    • Create 1 of everything (project, resource, incident, idea, action item, etc.)
    • Check that jobs running (check job run time differences)
    • Customizations
    • Run through all workflow processes
  • Advanced Testing
    • Review your defects that were marked as resolved – don’t assume it works
    • Review defects fixed for potential impacts to your use of the tool
    • Performance testing – without scripts, do random testing comparing to current for things like timesheet processing, resource planning views (use OBSs), scheduler connection (OBS filters use more advanced SQL)
    • New CA features
    • If multiple browsers are used at this customer, perform testing in all accepted browsers. Repeat for multiple O/S (Vista vs. Windows7 as an example)
keys go live and post go live
Keys: Go-live and Post Go-live
    • Involve SMEs
    • Train a group of SMEs in each functional area of the organization to be point representatives at the onset of the project
    • Leverage SMEs to feed the requirements process and be part of UAT for the upgrade
    • Engage SMEs throughout the implementation process so that they are learning as it progresses
    • User Interaction
    • Execute multiple demos of the new functionality in Open Forums (Web Ex Sessions, Lunch and Learns, etc.)
    • Before cut-over, begin formal training (1-2 weeks out) with SMEs as support
    • Training documentation should have an as-is / to-be reference (this is what it looked like before / what it looks like now)
  • Expect the Unexpected
    • Extermination of bugs is never complete
  • Post Implementation
    • SMEs should continue to be primary contact points for the areas and keep a Open Help Line / Email box
john murphy liberty mutual insurance
John Murphy – Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Upgraded from 13.0 to 13.1 over 3 months
    • DEV (2 months) to TEST ( 2 weeks) to PROD (2 days)
    • Suspended monthly enhancement deliverables
  • Lessons Learned
    • Work with experts – Clarity upgrade experience and your own Infrastructure team
    • Create a cookbook to excruciating detail
    • Record all Admin settings, especially PMO Accelerator and Customer Support Pack
    • Don’t stop asking for clarification from CA
    • Business Objects
      • Poorly documented instructions
      • Customized user parameter pages will be reset to OOB
    • Pause to learn what you are getting from the upgrade
      • CA documentation of new functions is vague
      • Users will ask
chubb it v13 1 upgrade keys to success and lessons learned

Keys to Success:

  • Engage Rego Consulting
  • Review lessons learned/points to remember from last upgrade
  • Understand functionality changes that are related to what the users need to know
  • Clarity v13 Open house
  • Work with local PMOs to identify testers to help with regression testing (2 per functionality)
  • Freeze environments – no changes allowed (facilitated testing of upgrade)
  • Regularly review issues log (2x/week) to be on top of problems identified
  • WBT – a few short courses that are role based - navigation oriented (where do I find…?)
  • Saved our “old” prod v12.1 version for a few months (helpful in understanding if a problem after the upgrade was always there, just not discovered)

Chubb IT – v13.1 upgradeKeys to success and lessons learned

chubb it v13 1 upgrade keys to success and lessons learned1

Lessons Learned:

  • Prior to the upgrade ensure that the admin user is unlocked and has all global permissions.  The upgrade uses the admin user to execute xogs. If the admin user does not have all global permissions the xogs will fail and result in a fatal error for the upgrade.
  • Pause all jobs prior to the upgrade.  This will allow you to un-pause the jobs in the order you want them to process after the application is back online.  If you don't do this there is a good chance that many jobs will kickoff immediately once the application is back up.
  • Run the Post Timesheets, Post Transactions, and Post to WIP jobs.
  • After shutting down the application prior to the upgrade restore the caches.xml file in the <clarity_home>/config directory using the version at <clarity_home>/.setup/template/config.  (This was previously attributed to a bug.)
  • “ISO” files provided by CA are rather large – keep on a shared drive (may need if bad install)
  • Make sure to review the install.log file regardless of the outcome of the upgrade. It provides invaluable information especially in the event of an upgrade failure. Many times the information provided in the install.log file is enough to resolve the issue without having to open a support case.
  • Provide more time than you think you need for testing – If upgrade issues are encountered CA support time could take longer than expected
  • Test functionality that you are moving to soon just in case there are issues with it

Chubb IT – v13.1 upgradeKeys to success and lessons learned

on demand customers get r esults ca clarity ppm at montefiore it



IT Financial


Business Relationship Management

Project & Program


Project Portfolio






Cost and Time


Dashboards &


On Demand Customers Get Results: CA Clarity PPM at Montefiore IT
  • Early 90s:Installed OnPremise (i.e. installed at Emerging Health, Montefiore IT) model of ABT
  • 2003: Upgraded to Niku 6.5.2 to web based application
  • 2006: Upgraded to CA Clarity PPM 7.5.2
  • 2008: CA introduces Clarity OnDemand (i.e. Clarity in the Cloud)
  • 2009: Detailed On Premise vs. OnDemand analysis conducted for planned upgrade (Software Licenses & Configuration, Hardware, Support, Upgrades, Data Integrity & Security and Cost)
  • 2010: Migrated to Clarity v12.0.4 OnDemand
  • 2012: Upgraded to Clarity v13.0.2 OnDemand

Currently Implemented

Clarity Modules

IT Portfolio


montefiore it ondemand analysis benefits
Montefiore IT- OnDemand Analysis/Benefits
    • 15% average annual cost savings over initial 3 years
    • No hardware purchases, server setup, software installation, network setup, etc.
    • CA responsible for hardware, operation support, system integrity and security based on SLA
    • 24/7 support from CA Hosting Team
  • Increased system performance, stability & scalability
    • Major initial performance improvement (e.g., timesheet entry, accessing project plans in open workbench)
    • Any additional performance issues are addressed promptly
    • CA maintains performance and stability as number of users and functionality increases
montefiore it ondemand analysis benefits1
Montefiore IT- OnDemand Analysis/Benefits
  • Easier access and implementation of new functionality
  • Always on the current software version
  • Upgrades are completed automatically by CA using a standard methodology and processes
  • Easier method to leverage functionality developed by CA for other clients
  • Multiple environments to develop and test functionality
  • Easy deployment across environments such as Development to Production
  • Lower cost for professional services (i.e., fewer travel and expense cost, easier access to application, etc.)

Cost and Overall Benefits Made OnDemand

the Correct Choice for Emerging Health, Montefiore IT

montefiore it onpremise upgrades
Montefiore IT, OnPremise Upgrades
    • Challenges
    • Upgrade Cost include Hardware, Software and External Consultants
    • Due to budgetary reasons project end dates would be pushed
    • Small PMO Team (2 resources)
    • Development of Training content
    • In house resources for App and DB servers to assist with upgrade
    • Deployment of Clarity, OWB and Java
    • Moving from MS Access to SQL Server, all reports were created as stored procedures
    • Development of Training material
  • Successes
    • Project delivered On Time
    • Minimal user issues
montefiore it ondemand upgrades
Montefiore IT, OnDemand Upgrades
    • Challenges
    • Missing Clarity v13 icon and issue with 3rd party toolbar on IE7 browser (i.e. Google ToolBar, Ask ToolBar, AIM Toolbar, etc.)
    • Issue with native install of Open Workbench and Schedule Connect on Win 7.
    • Mixed deployment solution-427 virtual solution deployed and 78 native installs (Open Workbench)
    • Internal issue with OnDemand caused a new goal live date
    • Technical Issues with user views i.e. cost plans and project list page
    • Going from SQL server to Oracle
    • All reports moved from SQL stored procedures to Webi reports
  • Successes
    • Out of 600 users only 28 Requests and Issues opened in Service Manager from users
    • Created Training Videos and uploaded to our Learning Management System
    • Leveraged Gel processes to assist with automation
montefiore it ondemand upcoming upgrade
Montefiore IT, OnDemand Upcoming Upgrade
  • Tentative Goal Live Date 4th Qtr.
  • Company standard will be Windows 7 this year
  • IE 10 will be deployed to all machines
  • Desktop will need to work on a solution for the rollout due to our current version, IE 9 is supported but not IE 10
  • Users would need to import their OWB views, OWB defaults would need to be configured
  • Leverage RegoXchange for training content and portlets
13 2 and 13 3 things to watch for
13.2 and 13.3 – Things to Watch For
  • Task Baseline Field Change
  • Data model Change in Financial Plans
  • GEL Script Changes
  • New Portfolio With No Data Migration
  • New Cost Type vs. Charge Code (But not in Rate Matrix)

Contact US


Email Contact

Web Site

Thank you.

effort traditional upgrade on premise
Effort – Traditional Upgrade(On Premise)

Each upgrade may vary depending on the complexity of the implementation and the current release path:

  • 12.0 to 13.3
  • 12.1 to 13.3
  • 13.1 to 13.3
  • 13.2 to 13.3
effort fresh start upgrade on premise
Effort – Fresh Start Upgrade(On Premise)

Each upgrade may vary depending on the complexity of the implementation and the current release path:

  • 12.0 to 13.3
  • 12.1 to 13.3
  • 13.1 to 13.3
  • 13.2 to 13.3
effort traditional upgrade on demand
Effort – Traditional Upgrade(On Demand)

Each upgrade may vary depending on the complexity of the implementation and the current release path:

  • 12.0 to 13.3
  • 12.1 to 13.3
  • 13.1 to 13.3
  • 13.2 to 13.3