Thursday Jun 30, 2011

Upgrades in 5 Easy Pieces

Even though there are a few select tasks that I have to do once or twice a year, I can’t remember how to do them! Or where to find the bits and pieces to complete the task. So I love it when someone consolidates everything under one spot. That’s what the CRM On Demand team has done with the upgrade information. Specifically, they have:
  • Provided a “one-stop” area for managing upgrades at your company.
  • Broken down the upgrade process into 5 (yes, 5) steps.
  • Explained when and how to perform each step with dates specific to your pod.
  • Included details about each step, visible by expanding the step.
  • Translated the steps into 11 languages.
  • Added a list of release-specific resources with links from the page.

MainPage

Now, just head for the Training and Support portal, click the Release Info tab, and walk through the “5 Essential Steps to a Successful Upgrade.”

Before you continue, though, select your language from the drop-down list on the Release Info page. CRM On Demand now has the upgrade steps translated into 11 languages.

Japanese

Spanish

Thai

On the Step page, you can expand each section in sequence and follow the more detailed instructions that appear. This will ensure that you’ve covered all your bases for each upgrade.

Expand

Here’s a shortened version of the information that you’ll find:

1. Verify your Primary Contact Information.

Have you checked your primary contact information to make sure you’re being notified of all upgrade information? Or do you want more users to receive upgrade announcements? This section provides you with the navigation path to do that in CRM On Demand.

2. Review your Key Upgrade Dates.

If you expand this step, a nice table appears with your critical dates for the various milestones.

IMPORTANT: When your CRM On Demand pod has been officially added to the upgrade schedule, closer to the release date itself, this table will display your specific timetable.

3. Migrate your Customizations from the Staging Environment before the Snapshot Date.

Oracle refreshes the Staging data with a copy of your Production data made on the Production Snapshot Date. So this section lists considerations relevant to this step. It also reminds you of the 2-week period when you should not be making any changes in your Staging environment.  

4. Conduct your Upgrade Validation on the Staging Environment.

When the Customer Validation Testing period begins, you need to log in to your Staging Environment to validate that your key business processes and customizations continue to behave as expected. If your company utilizes Web Services, Web Links, Web Applets or Workflow, focus on testing these first.

You generally have about two weeks for testing. If you run into problems during this time, follow the instructions shown in this section for logging a service request. It describes exactly how to fill out the fields in the SR for the fastest resolution.

5. Conduct "White Glove" Testing in your Upgraded Production Environment.

Before users start using the upgrade, you should access a few tabs and reports. Doing this actually warms up the cache so that frequently used pages and reports will come up at normal speed on Monday morning, when users log in to the upgraded system.

Resources listed under this step help you in further preparing for the upgrade. Now there’s also a new Documentation section on the right with links to these release-specific resources.

Documentation section 

Very nice, I commented, when discussing these improvements with the “responsible party.” She confirmed that, yes, they tried to consolidate the upgrade information, translate it for better communication, simplify it into 5 easy pieces, and drive admins responsible for handling upgrades to this one site instead of sending out elaborate emails.

Yes, I just love it when someone practically reaches out and holds my hand through a process. Next best thing to a wizard!

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