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Successful Data Migration, and Why It’s So Difficult

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Puzzleby Angela Guess

Gary Allemann of Biz Community writes, “Data integration and migration challenges arise every time an organisation moves to a new data system, or wishes to combine multiple data systems, either internally or as a result of a merger. This is a significant undertaking, which, if it fails to meet expectations, inhibits a business’ ability to function effectively. Yet, surveys indicate that more than 80% of all data integration projects fail. There are several reasons for this failure, but the most commonly cited issue is a lack of understanding of the extent and nature of problems that were to be experienced within the data itself. Data quality is critical to the success of any data integration and migration initiative, and organisations leave this aspect to the last minute at their peril.”

He goes on, “Planning and data quality go hand in hand when it comes to data integration and migration, and any other big technology project for that matter. However, the moving of data is often an afterthought, as the business challenge revolves around implementing the new system or merging two disparate systems together. Data is also often outside of the scope of most system integrators and is deemed to be the responsibility of the business once the system has been implemented.”

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