Data Migration Requires Process, Tools, and Expertise

April, 2008


While many aspects of data migration are technical in nature, managing the conversion of data from one form to another should not be left to technicians. Without proper oversight, failures in data migration can cause project cost and schedule overruns, as well as quality problems with far-reaching effects. In this report, we provide an overview of the data migration process and the related issues that managers need to address. We also examine some of open source tools that can help to automate the task. Finally, we conclude with our recommendations for ensuring a smooth data migration process. (4 pp., 3 figs.)
[Executive Summary]