Validating data migration
More than 2,500 years ago, Greek philosophers, such as Heraclitus of Ephesus, identified that Everything flows, nothing stands still.More recently in the 1960s, the cofounder of Intel, Gordon Moore, identified the rapid advances in the computer chip, with the doubling of transistor numbers on a chip the same size every two years (Moores law)."Most IT managers consider data migration a routine chore and give it scant attention," said Mark Teter, chief technology officer at systems integrator Advanced Systems Group Inc.An organization can simply copy the files from one volume to another or use data replication tools like EMC Corp.'s Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), IBM Softek's Transparent Data Migration Facility (TDMF) or even a host's native volume manager.I know of one midsized Boston-area non-profit organization (with a handful of offices spread across the country) that made several data migration mistakes as it attempted to move its library to a new, comprehensive, open-source library management system.The company wanted to leave behind an old, inflexible proprietary system and was assured that data migration was straightforward, even easy.
Also, be able to adjust and to issues in the working environment such as potential problems with source and target connections, disk space and memory problems.What are the characteristics of the 40% who successfullycomplete a data migration project and what process have they followed?First, keep in mind the seven Rs of data migration. According to Bloor Research, an independent IT research and analyst firm in Europe, more than half of all data migration projects experience cost overruns or schedule delays.This occurs despite companies spending approximately billion a year on data migration.