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Data Migration Customer Survey

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Data migration, in and of itself, does not lend
any value to your business. However, there are
a number of things that you might like to do for
your business that you cannot do without going
through a data migration process. For example,
you might want to consolidate multiple
applications of a similar type, which have perhaps
grown up through mergers and acquisitions,
onto a single platform. There are various
sound business reasons for wanting to do this
but you will not be able to successfully accomplish
this consolidation without migrating the
data from the old environments into the new
one. Similarly, if you want to migrate an important
application from a legacy mainframe environment
to a more modern distributed system,
or if you want to change your enterprise application
(from SAP to Oracle, say, or vice versa)
or database, or you want to implement master
data management, or even if you want to migrate
between significant versions of the same
enterprise application or database, then you
will need to migrate your data as a part of the
upgrade process.

This paper draws from both our latest research
and a comparison with the results of
our 2007 survey. The results are instructive:
we have been able to see whether the recommendations
we made in 2007 have been
adopted and how successful they were, as well
as drawing out new insights into what steps
should be taken to ensure successful data migration
projects. A summary of these results
and suggested actions are provided in the next
section, which is followed by an in-depth look
at the latest results and we conclude with a
discussion of how X88 is addressing the issues
raised in this paper with its Pandora product.

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