Data Migration Projects
3 Step Process to Reduce Risk
Bloor Research claims the failure rate of data migration projects is 38%, a pretty off-putting statistic if you’re planning on migrating any time soon.
What is clear in many organisations is that some are not all together sure what data they have – The CEO of a large multinational organisation was once known to have stated that she only knew 5% of what the organisation knew. Meaning she didn’t know about 95% of the data and information available within the organisation.
Without knowing the contents of your data, or where it is located, you are essentially shooting yourself in the foot before you’ve even started.
Here are some things to bear in mind that may make your migration projects easier:
1. Discover and understand whats on your system
The first phase of any data migration project must be a discovery phase to understand what data is available and where it is located. Poor data knowledge chalks up a huge portion of failed projects, so it is essential to know what exactly you are working with from the outset.
2. Plan how and when the migration will take place.
Avoid scheduling the migration to happen at the same time as a major business event. E.g. if you are a seasonal seller, you will obviously avoid peak times that could be affected by potential software downtime.
Finally, the access to the data needs to be considered. In the past data was replicated as a ‘cost effective’ tactical solution. This could potentially leave large quantities of sensitive data exposed during the migration, so secure access to the data, by authorised individuals is paramount to reducing the risk of a data leak.
With this kind of planning done up front, it’s possible to reduce the risk associated with migration projects and stack the odds in your favour for a successful outcome.
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