“Migrations.” The word is enough to send shivers up the spine of any technology worker who has tried to go it alone… or suffered a failed data migration. Data migration, whether on a massive scale or simply a small network upgrade, can be a challenging task, especially for a small to medium sized business that lack a large IT support staff. Thankfully, there is a solution with IntegrIT Network Solutions Consultants, a leader in successful migrations.
If your company is facing a data migration, here’s what you need to know.
When Do You Need a Data Migration?
Data migration is necessary because technology changes, or more specifically because technology ages. As technology grows outdated, it becomes increasingly necessary to upgrade. Often, a data migration is needed simply because a company has more data demands and needs additional storage hardware for the increased needs. Even the downsizing and outsourcing of IT services in recent years has contributed to the growing need for data migrations.
Whether it’s a technology refresh, data expansion, or simply a new service, most businesses will face the need for a data migration every five to ten years. If your business is like most of the businesses today, you’ll face the need for a migration, too.
What risks are involved with data migrations?
- Extensive downtime. One of the biggest risks in a migration is the downtime involved. Anytime technology goes on the blink, people get frustrated. When it’s a planned outage, such as a migration, frustration still persists. Often, business leaders want to rush the project or cut corners to get it done sooner. This can lead to even greater problems.
- Lack of data quality. Data quality is one of the most important features of a migration, but it’s also often overlooked. Every migration plan should have an attendant data quality framework plan.
- Poorly executed migration methodology. Because of the sensitivity and complexity of a migration, it is important to follow the methodology exactly as laid out. Failure to do so can lead to loss of data or overall failure of the migration.
- In-house attempts. Often, a company’s technology is inherited from previous generations. An IT department’s forbears are the ones who set up and planned the infrastructure. When it falls to a new IT staff to perform a migration, they are often in the dark as to best practices for the migration of the data. The approach they choose may be fraught with risks and shortcomings.
- “Big Push” migration strategies. When a migration happens, it should never be rushed. Unfortunately, in an attempt to avoid downtime (sometimes urged by top executives), IT professionals pull all-nighters or weekend drives. This is a dangerous way to go about something as critical as a migration.
What’s the safest approach to a successful data migration?
Migrations are neither easy nor risk-free. The most strategic way forward is to consult with a company who has a proven track record of successful migrations, a wealth of experience and capabilities, and a team that can completely take care of the migration from start to finish. Outsourcing a data migration is the best choice for most small to medium sized businesses.
If your company is considering a migration, make the best choice possible — call the professionals. IntegrIT Network Solutions Services are prepared to make the process as successful and streamlined as possible.
Give us a call at (425) 787-0193.