Data Storage: Data Migration Project Planning: 10 Best Practices to Implement

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-09-05 Print this article Print
Determine the Purpose of Your Data

Determine the Purpose of Your Data

Analyze the information environment, identifying where and how the data will be leveraged—and who will actually use the data—while thoroughly assessing the information environment. Determine how data could be used differently tomorrow, in analytics, for example.
Data integration involves combining and reconciling data residing in different storage areas, which could be on site or in the cloud, and giving users a unified view of this data. This process becomes a significant undertaking in a variety of situations, which include both commercial (when two similar companies need to merge their databases) and scientific (combining research results from different bioinformatics repositories, for example) domains. Data integration issues are increasing in frequency as the volume, the number of file formats and the need to share existing data explodes. It has become the focus of extensive theoretical work and numerous open problems remain unsolved. In management circles, people frequently refer to data integration as Enterprise Information Integration. Sometimes, it's difficult to know where to start a data migration project, because in any enterprise, there are many data stores and agendas. To try to shed some light on the problems, eWEEK and integration expert Arvind Singh, CEO of data management consultancy Utopia Inc., have put together some best practices to think about before starting an enterprise data migration project.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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