SDL Tridion – Upgrade Strategies

SDL has released the latest version of their WCMS – SDL Tridion Sites 9 – and with this many of the existing customers eagerly waiting for its launch, will look forward to upgrade their existing Tridion implementations. This blog series will list various aspects of the Upgrade from an earlier version of SDL Tridion to a newer version.

Why there is a need to upgrade

The first question that might comes in the mind; why should I upgrade? or what are the advantages of upgrade to the newer version?

I list down following advantages that I can see after upgrade to newer version:

  1. Low total cost of ownership
  2. High return on investments
  3. More flexibility and manageability
  4. Easier development
  5. Advanced technologies
  6. Enhanced support

Below diagram shows this in a snapshot:


Typical Upgrade Process

An upgrade process may differ from business to business and environment to environment; however, a typical upgrade process listing essential elements is described as below:

upgrade process

Upgrade Strategies

There could be different scenario and strategies for taking care of an SDL Tridion upgrade; the most common strategies are listed as below:

  1. Content Delivery First
  2. Content Manager First
  3. Parallel Upgrade

I will be describing them in individual blogs, stay tuned…