Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Smooth Path for Upgrades

Excellent article in IBM Systems Magazine by Anthony English. Anthony works on IBM Power Systems as a freelance contractor in Sydney, Australia.  
"When it comes to upgrades, the time and effort spent in preparation always pays off. The better the contingency plan, the less chance you’ll need it.
Here are a few tips and tricks that can help your system upgrades run more smoothly. These tips aren’t intended to be a comprehensive checklist or a replacement for official documentation. However, they might provide some ideas on streamlining your upgrade process. Consider your upgrade in three stages:
  1. Preparation
  2. The upgrade itself
  3. Post-upgrade work
A smooth upgrade relies on good preparation work. But the process doesn’t end when you hand the system back to users. After the upgrade, it’s important to spend time revising documentation, checking if users are happy and conducting a post-upgrade review. That will give you the chance to find out what worked well and what could have been done better."