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Cloud Migration with BBC Good Food

The BBC had a need for all BBC Food website pages and functionality to be migrated to and rebuilt on the BBC’s new Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure.

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The Project

RPS was commissioned to reengineer and rewrite all BBC Food’s code to be AWS compliant. The first step was discussion with stakeholders to determine deliverables and define the skills needed within the project team.

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The Approach

Our project team was to work in partnership with BBC teams, complementing skills already within their organisation. Following confirmation of deliverables and required skills, we drew up a Work Package (a definition of methodology, deliverables, and scope) and put forward a project team. The agreed team had skills in Javascript, Node, React, and AWS. Weekly progress updates were made to stakeholders, raising any potential issues and risks, allowing them to steer the project as necessary.

This cloud migration project was managed using our Velocity methodology, which provides flexible deliverables for a fixed price and synergises well with clients operating agile methodologies in fast-moving industries. Use of Velocity transferred delivery risk from the BBC to us, reducing the likelihood that a change in scope could lead to increased cost. Midway through the project, the BBC took advantage of this flexibility, requesting a change in project scope due to changing external circumstances. In this instance, the scope of the project was reduced, resulting in a lower time requirement and a cost reduction for the BBC.

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The Outcome

With work completed successfully, our team was debriefed and withdrawn. The Reed Professional Services way of working is to carry out on the job training for client employees and to transfer knowledge to them throughout the project, so BBC teams were left with all the skills, information, and reference material they might need for the future. Following the success of this project, the BBC is exploring the possibility of having RPS provide cloud migration services and support for many of their remaining Forge-based sites.

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