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March 9, 2010

The Role of Planning in Data Migration

Filed under: Data Migration, Data Quality, Uncategorized — Tags: , — Olga Belokurskaya @ 3:00 am

Data migration has never been an easy process, and though there are a variety of tools available today, the process remains complex, and the rate of errors is high. Data integration may fail due to hardware or system failures, but those are so-called unforeseen situations. The most common reason for migration project failure is lack of proper planning.

In the result of rushing into migration without careful planning of time and resources needed, data migration projects experience schedule delays and require additional expenses, so budgets get overrun. That’s because multiple issues occur during the process of data migration, including copy process failures, issues with data formats match in the source and the target, server crashes due to excessive amounts of data migrated at once, etc. Coping with these issues requires time and money, so data migration process may stick.

Proper migration planning should include a set of pre-migration procedures and well-elaborated migration program to help address data migration complexities, hit deadlines, and avoid unpredicted additional costs. I’ll touch on this in my next posting.