Tag Archives: Application Data Migration
Recently I interviewed a consulting manager who had just delivered a very large ERP data migration. What was his biggest challenge? It was getting the business users engaged early in the project. And this is a very familiar story. I have been encountering this same challenge for years in delivering application data migrations. And it cuts both ways, either the business users are unwilling to spend the time, or the IT team does not recognize the need. In this case the team was delayed significantly (the estimate was that a project that should have taken four months lasted nearly seven), as data issues reared their ugly heads at the end of the development cycle, during the first mock load of the data. Lack of collaboration? It has impacts. In the recent white paper published by Informatica, The Five Pitfalls of Data Migration, one of the pitfalls outlined was a lack of collaboration between the business users (or data experts) and the data migration technical team.
What do I mean by business/IT collaboration? Really I am talking about baking data stewardship into the process of application data migration. And the tools to support that process. (more…)