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September 21, 2009

Understanding System Capabilities to Ommit Data Migration Issues

Filed under: Data Migration — Tags: , — Olga Belokurskaya @ 7:44 am

As your business grows, requirements for your data storage change. At the same time, the IT market offers new, diverse software to catch up with or even get ahead of your needs. At a certain stage, you face the necessity of switching to a new system. What are the hidden problems related to data migration (DM)? How can you omit them and get the most of your DM initiative?

Studying the new system’s capabilities is an important step not just in preparing requirements for your data migration/integration project, but in selecting the system in the first place. Here are some things to do to ensure your choice is right, and you understand the system:

  • Make sure the system really does meet your requirements and will be able to satisfy your needs.
  • Make sure the components and functions/capabilities of the system are convenient for you to work with and perform the actions you need to perform with your data.
  • Analyze how the new system communicates with other systems. A good import/export mechanism included in the new system is a useful feature, but it’s not always sufficient. So, it is important to study the system’s API or SOAP capabilities in order to define whether the system you’ve chosen provides a full-scale toolset for data integration or additional alternative integration methods will be needed, such as direct database access, if it is enabled by the system. This issue will definitely make the project more labor-intensive, time-consuming, and, as a result, more costly.

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