The definitive guide to Data Migration: Basic to Advance

17-Mar-2021 10:38 AM

Posted by Prashanth GJ, CEO, Technobind

Enterprises value cloud more than ever, as they enter into a new chapter of growth. The last one year has been the most eventful year for the cloud computing industry, with businesses of all sizes rushing to cloud with extraordinary pace and enthusiasm. In many ways, cloud has been the single largest enabler of some of the massive shifts that the world went through-be it remote working, the need for speed, doing more with less or resilience. While all of these new priorities were greatly intensified by the global pandemic, these are also part of enterprises’ long-term strategies in the new normal.

Studies clearly indicate that cloud adoption is set to grow further across markets. Cloud-based models are expected to be the foundational layer over which enterprises are going to rebuild themselves for the smart future.

At the same time, cloud is also an overly crowded market. The leading hyperscalers and tier-2 players along with smaller CSP make up for an enormous ecosystem of players that is growing day by day. How does a solution provider, who might be representing one or many of these players, add value to its customers?

One of the biggest challenges that businesses face while migrating to cloud is the seamless experience in data and application migration. And this is one area that partners can showcase as a key differentiator.

What is Data Migration?

Data Migration, by definition, is the process of moving data from one system to another, one format to another, or one application to another with sufficient planning beforehand. However, data migration can turn into a complicated affair for companies adopting cloud. Many face the challenges of unexpected cost, downtime and need for additional resources.

Data migration usually involves using a migration application or consolidation in which legacy system are replaced or enhanced by new applications that will share the same data set.

Why data Migration is important for Business?

According to Bloor research, more than 60% of data migration projects have overruns on time and/or budget. Insufficient planning can also cause migration projects to fail altogether or result in inaccurate data that contains redundancies and unknowns. Data migration projects thus require complete attention and dedication from the team, though these are often treated as sub-projects of another project with larger scope.

Some of the common pitfalls of unplanned data migration projects include:

·Unexpected expenses

·Long transfer time

·Lax security and encryption

·Insufficient data prep software and skills

·Cross-object dependencies

Best Practices for Data Migration and the checklist to follow

Based on our experience, the team at TechnoBind has come with some best practices that enterprises must focus during their data migration journey. Without delving too much into the details, here are some key aspects that we believe ensure success.

Knowing you data is the first rule of the game. For example, it’s important to differentiate between data that is stored for analytics vs data that is stored for regulatory purposes. It also critical to understand who accesses the data at present and who will be accessing in future. Often, there are several problems (like redundancy issues or lack of clean data) that often go unattended before the migration process starts. So, pay close attention to details!

Technology projects today are co-owned by business. It is thus necessary to gather information from all relevant stakeholders and business units throughout the migration process.

Like any migration projects, understand the source and target environments thoroughly before moving the data. Most importantly, verify business requirements and potential impact early in the process.

How TechnoBind can help in Data Migration?

TechnoBind has over a decade of experience working on various complex migration projects. It has wide range of products and solution offerings which can deliver simple to complex migration projects.Through our unique use-case based approach, we take key learnings from our previous engagements and deliverables for current projects to make the project most effective and cost optimised.

Besides, TechnoBind’s philosophy of aligning technology options with specific business pain points has been well accepted in the market by now. Over the years, we have built a strong clientele across industry verticals and segments allowing us to tailor solutions based on unique market dynamics.

We strongly believe that technology distribution is more than a transactional engagement. Over the years, we have built strong internal resources with the right skills to collaborate closely with partners and customers. With the right technologies, planning and people, data migration can be a smooth journey for enterprises and their partners. Let’s join hands to charter a new path!