You’re excited to move to a new technology platform. You’ve researched and selected a new database vendor, plan to upgrade your software or you may be moving to the cloud. Transferring your data to this new system should be a simple transfer from your old system to your new system, right? If only it were this simple, but it takes some key data awareness and planning for a successful transfer.
Migration vs. Integration
To help understand the role of your data in moving to a new system, it is important to understand the difference between migrating and integrating data. Data migration is defined as simply “moving or copying data.” Data integration refers to the flow of data among applications and systems. The success of implementing your new system is dependent upon ensuring the proper movement of your data.
Data Itself is Not Very Exciting
You are not alone if you get caught up in the excitement of the new system as it’s far more interesting to research, review and plan for a new system than it is to dive deeper into your data for transfer. You may be thinking it’s just a move of the data from one system bucket to another. Without proper data preparation and planning, you may end up over budget, going beyond your original project timeline or failing completely with the migration to the new system. Do you want to risk disrupting your business and spending too much?
Getting to Know Your Data
The two main reasons driving your move to a new system are most likely to improve your company performance and increase your competitive advantage. With these two compelling reasons for your system change, understanding your current data system and structure is the key to your migration success. What works in your current system may not work the same in the new one. You may uncover issues with your current system that need to be corrected before you migrate to the new platform.
Don’t Migrate Bad Data
As you look at the data you plan to protect during migration to your new system, consider the following 5 step plan for migration success excerpted from Technopedia’s website:
- Understand the data to be migrated
- Extract and de-duplicate data BEFORE moving it
- Implement data migration policies for orderly movement of data
- Test and validate data to ensure accuracy
- Audit and document your data migration process
Ensuring Your Success
If you don’t feel comfortable moving to a new platform or you don’t have the technical staff to complete the migration, contact Management Concepts for a consultation. A business partner like Management Concepts will help you ensure your data migration to a new system is a successful one. The team at Management Concepts can help you review your current database to maintain data integrity, help create an implementation plan, complete your project on-time and contain the costs of moving to a new system. Remember why you are doing this in the first place – to improve your company’s performance and gain a competitive advantage.