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Navigating the Transition from O11 to OutSystems Developer Cloud (ODC) with Hubway Connect

Software development practices are inevitable, especially with the rapid advancements in cloud technology and generative AI. OutSystems, a leader in low-code development platforms, has embraced this evolution by introducing the OutSystems Developer Cloud (ODC), a robust, cloud-native platform. This transition from the traditional OutSystems 11 (O11) to ODC represents a significant shift, offering new capabilities and efficiencies.  However, it also presents unique challenges for organisations that use OutSystems.

For businesses utilising OutSystems, the transition to ODC must be strategic and well-planned to leverage its full potential while minimising disruption. Hubway Connect, a no-code OutSystems connector, plays a critical role in this context. This comprehensive article explores a strategic approach for transitioning from O11 to ODC using Hubway Connect, focusing on the coexistence of both platforms on a phased adoption approach.

Key benefits of OutSystems Developer Cloud (ODC)

ODC is a next-generation, cloud-native development environment that enhances development productivity, scalability, performance, and customer experience. It integrates modern features like AI capabilities, addressing the limitations of O11 while supporting more dynamic and scalable application development. Unlike O11, ODC is not merely an upgrade but a completely new platform designed to eventually replace O11.

Why consider migration:

  • Scalability: Native cloud architecture allows for efficient scaling.
  • Enhanced Customer Experience: Improved interfaces and interaction flows.
  • Advanced Features: Integration of AI and other modern technologies.

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Migration Strategies: One-Shot vs. Phased Approach

When transitioning from OutSystems 11 (O11) to OutSystems Developer Cloud (ODC), organisations must choose between two primary migration strategies: the One-Shot Approach or the Phased Approach. The decision between these approaches hinges on the size and complexity of the existing application portfolio and strategic business needs.

One-Shot Approach

The One-Shot Approach is best suited for smaller portfolios, typically those with less than two business applications or fewer than 300 application objects. This method is straightforward: the entire application portfolio is migrated to ODC at one time. This approach benefits organisations with few applications and a lower risk of operational disruption during the transition.

Benefits of the One-Shot Approach:

  • Simplicity and Speed: Quick migration with minimal phases or steps.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Potentially lower costs due to the reduced complexity and shorter timeline.
  • Immediate Utilisation of New Features: Faster access to the advanced capabilities of ODC, such as enhanced scalability and AI functionalities.

Coexistence/Phased Approach

For larger portfolios, a Coexistence or Phased Approach is recommended. This method involves maintaining both O11 and ODC environments simultaneously for a period, allowing organisations to migrate applications incrementally. Initially, new applications are developed directly in ODC, while existing O11 applications are assessed and prepared for migration based on their complexity and business criticality.

Steps in the Phased Approach:

  1. Initial Assessment: Determine which applications are suitable for immediate migration and which require more significant retooling.
  2. Prioritisation: Begin with applications that are less complex to migrate, gradually moving to more complex systems. This step-wise progression helps manage risk and ensure stability.
  3. Incremental Migration: Systematically migrate applications, refining the migration strategy based on lessons learned and the evolving capabilities of ODC.

Benefits of the Coexistence/Phased Approach:

  • Risk Management: Reduces the risk of business disruption by allowing critical applications to continue running on O11 until they are ready to be transitioned.
  • Flexibility: Provides the ability to test and refine the migration strategy continuously.
  • Learning and Adaptation: Offers opportunities for teams to adapt to the new environment without the pressure of a full-scale immediate changeover.

Benefits of the Coexistence/Phased Approach

 

Both strategies require thoughtful consideration of organisational readiness, the technical adaptability of existing applications, and the potential need for redesigning applications to fit the new cloud-native architecture of ODC. Hubway Connect, with its capabilities to facilitate seamless data integration and API management between O11 and ODC, is an invaluable tool in both scenarios. It supports data interoperability and accelerates the adoption of ODC, allowing businesses to focus on innovation and strategic growth during the transition period.

The Role of Hubway Connect in Migration

Hubway Connect is a pivotal tool in transitioning to ODC. It is a no-code solution that simplifies API management and data integration between the OutSystems platform and other databases. Hubway Connect enables seamless integration and data management between O11 and ODC environments. This interoperability is crucial for maintaining business operations during the migration phase.

 

Features of Hubway Connect:

  • No-Code API Management: Allows even non-developers to create and manage APIs effortlessly.
  • Data Integration: Facilitates smooth data flow between O11 and ODC, essential for phased migration strategies.
  • Support for OData: The Open Data Protocol (OData) is used for efficient data manipulation and integration.

 

Integration and Interoperability Examples

Consider a product management application in O11 that needs to be integrated with a new ODC-based customer interface. Hubway Connect can expose the product data from O11 as an API, which the ODC application can consume. This setup enables the new customer interface to operate on up-to-date data without waiting for the complete migration of the product management application.

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Managing Change for a smooth transition

Transitioning to a new platform like ODC involves significant changes not only in technology but also in team dynamics and operational workflows. Effective change management strategies are necessary to ensure a smooth transition:

  • Technical Training: Ensure developers and IT staff are trained on ODC’s new features and capabilities.
  • Support Structures: Implement support mechanisms to help staff troubleshoot issues and adapt to the new environment.

Migrating from OutSystems 11 to OutSystems Developer Cloud is a strategic move that can significantly enhance an organisation’s development capabilities and operational efficiency when executed with the right planning and tools. By adopting a phased and strategic approach to migration, organisations can minimise disruption and maximise the benefits of ODC.

To gain a deeper understanding of the migration process and see Hubway Connect in action:

  1. Watch the webinar on-demand: Dive into our detailed webinar to explore real-world scenarios, insights from experts, and practical tips on navigating the migration from O11 to ODC. Watch the Webinar
  2. Sign up for a Free Trial: Experience the capabilities of Hubway Connect firsthand with a no-commitment 15-day free trial. Sign Up for Free Trial
  3. Watch the demo: See Hubway Connect in action. Watch the Demo
  4. Book a meeting: If you have specific questions or need guidance tailored to your organisation’s needs, schedule a meeting with one of our specialists. Book a Meeting

Embarking on this migration journey with the right tools and a strategic approach to fully leverage the power of modern cloud capabilities offered by ODC. Get started today!

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