Herding a clowder of cats: How the University of Missouri cost-effectively migrated hundreds of websites

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In 2015, the University of Missouri's IT department handed its marketing department a monumental task: to move 25% of its 1,600 on-prem websites to the cloud. In concert, the administration mandated that these 400 – 500 unmanaged WordPress, Drupal, and static sites be migrated, standardized, and centrally managed across a decentralized campus. All tall orders.

Like most HigherEd institutions, the University of Missouri doesn’t have a pool of excess funding or resources. So, how could their team efficiently and cost-effectively move the sites to a managed platform where updates and changes could be deployed to all sites quickly, securely, and consistently while minimizing downtime?

Join the University of Missouri and Platform.sh as they discuss the journey to successfully manage hundreds of sites across a decentralized campus without costly DevOps resources. The university will share the challenges they encountered and lessons learned as they made the transition to continuous integration and delivery. And learn about the automation tools that enabled the team to focus on what they do best: delivering solutions that meet the university’s business needs.


Session topics



  • Paul Gilzow

    Pronouns: he/him
    Developer Relations Engineer, Platform.sh

    Developer Relations Engineer and Developer Advocate. Former Programmer/Analyst. Loves web application security topics, DevOps, back-end automation, mountain biking, snowboarding, and dancing. Runs on passion and coffee.

  • John Boyer

    Programmer/Analyst, University of Missouri

    Back-end developer and web infrastructure architect.

  • Jessica Orozco

    Senior VP of Sales, Platform.sh

    Jessica is the Senior Vice President of Sales for Platform.sh and is responsible for Enterprise sales, globally. Jessica joined Platform.sh in 2019 with a passion for helping customers' solve business challenges through technology. Prior to Platform.sh, Jessica spent 5 years at Rackspace as a Director of Private Cloud Sales where...