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Top Human Resource Provider Migrates Infrastructure to the Cloud

Visma Raet gains transformational business benefits by migrating its workload to the cloud with no downtime
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Visma Raet is a leading international human resource and payroll solutions provider in The Netherlands, Spain, and Latin America. It was the first company to develop HR software in the cloud, offering a fully integrated range of HR software and services. With currently 1.7 million clients using its software to manage their HR affairs, the company aims to become the largest cloud enterprise software provider in Europe. Visma Raet won HR Professional of the Year in 2021.

Platform was outdated and no longer scaling
Migrate on-premise TFS to Azure DevOps
Adopt robust DevOps process to add agility while ensuring safe and speedy data migration

Innovate or Die

Organizations are moving to the cloud in droves. Visma Raet strives for excellence but knew its platform was outdated and no longer scaling. To continue innovating, maintain high productivity, and efficiently serve its clients, the company sought an HR cloud solution to give it a competitive edge. But HR is data-heavy and Visma was concerned about successfully migrating critical data and workloads to the cloud without risking business interruption or downtime. Any interruption to its 250 developers would mean a considerable loss of money, time, and effort.

Flawless Migration with Zero Downtime

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Visma Raet
Frits Boers Development Manager

Preparation to Achieve Zero Downtime Migration

With only 13 weeks lead, Xebia helped Visma meticulously prepare, communicating regularly with its developers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and India, to ensure they could anticipate risks during the migration weekend. Xebia first migrated the on-site TFS App Tier. Next, it regularly communicated with Visma’s developers about risk management, helping Visma prepare presentations and workshops to repeatedly notify its teams about the planned migration weekend. Everything had to be seamless. The migration to VSTS (Azure DevOps) was performed in one weekend and on Monday, everything worked perfectly—no glitches. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as the old TFS server went down six weeks later, which would have cost an enormous amount of time and effort to replace.

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