A platform data migration project gives you the opportunity to have a clean slate to work with. An important rule though is not to migrate your bad legacy habits across to your new environment during your migration project.
Not migrating bad legacy habits across to a new environment is easier said then done. Recognising the bad habits that were employed in the first place is an obvious starting point, but remembering and understanding why they exist is entirely different. Industry best practices may not have been employed due to unavoidable circumstances. This may have been installing and configuring additional hardware systems in a piecemeal fashion in an unoptimised state so an ageing environment can continue to operate, delivering company wide services.
Automation, having and using the correct tools from the outset will make your project less resource consuming, complete within the alloted time frame specified and within the initial allocated budget set out. How many times do we hear that a migration project has overrun and over budget?
BASE IT, in consultation with you, look to assess and understand all aspects of the impending platform data migration and provide a comprehensive implementation program with clearly defined milestones to reach your objective. Our aim is to minimise or do without any manual intervention to accelerate the ability to move data in a safe and controlled manner.
Our main focus on any data migration project is to ensure we have identified and mitigated the majority of risk from the discovery phase through to the successful completion of the migration project.
Lastly, and probably the most important area to recognise, is whether the migration project is undertaking too much risk. This area can quickly develop if left unchecked, unmanaged and without the correct safety measures in place.
Organisations that decide to move their data without sufficient planning, followed by a limited implementation procedure and the hope it all works, can experience outages and uncomfortable meetings at an executive level. Ensuring that you have remediated effectively is going to be an important step that you need to take in performing a data migration.
A successful migration project is when you have identified and reclaimed orphaned data and moved to an efficient storage platform which meets current and future business requirements. Additionally, through implementing and completing a migration and technology refresh it has provided an increased return without taking on unknown and unnecessary risk.