Does Your Organization Have A Data Migration Strategy?
Creating a data migration strategy can seem like a daunting task. For some businesses, too, it can be a process prone to major disaster. It’s understandable why some companies are hesitant in undertaking such a task. But it’s an investment worth taking to keep your teach up-to-date. So how can you do it with the least amount of headache possible? What methods are available to help streamline the process?
Well, that’s why 3Si2 is here. We’ve studied many topics like this, and we’re going to share our knowledge with you. From first-class preparation all the way to data dictionaries, these tips will help you get prepped for your data migration.
Let’s get right into it!
#1: Preparing Your Data Migration Strategy
Preparing your data migration strategy before actually beginning the process is arguably more important than the data migration itself. Preparation gives you an idea of what you want to do, how you’re going to do it, what resources are needed, and who is in charge of the different steps in the migration. All these factors are best being determined before you begin.
Doing so will help you create accurate timelines and estimates for the task at hand. Preparation may also be the longest step in the migration, too. Moving each individual part into place, making sure your environment is stable, and setting up all the inner cog-works of the process can all take a while! But thoroughly planning and preparing the data migration beforehand will help in the long run. Should troubles or hiccups arise during the transfer of data, knowing your plan of action and general direction is vital to keeping as close to deadlines as possible.
#2: Create a Data Dictionary
Having a plan of how you want to conduct your data migration strategy is all well and good. But, it is entirely useless if your data is unstructured and unorganized! That’s where a data dictionary comes in. Using data dictionaries, you can easily organize and manage how your data will be layed out in the database. The way in which you could build your data dictionary can vary, but make sure it is coherent, well-documented, easily understood by anyone who needs to access it.
#3: Expect Exceptions
How should it be reported?
Who should document what?
What processes will be in place to adjust the migration accordingly?
These are just a few of the questions you should be asking when trying to figure out what your port-of-call is for damage-control.
Finishing This Migration
So there you have it! Some amazingly scalable tips on how to develop your data migration strategy. We hope you’ve found this article insightful and useful. If you have any other questions about us, our studies, or more specific data questions, feel free to get in touch! We’re always happy to help.