Getting Migrations Right: A Data-Centric View of Your Application Migrations

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As companies embrace the cloud, application migrations become increasingly critical to their bottom line. Not just because of the exponential rise in efficiency that modern cloud-based applications afford, but because the cost of maintaining legacy applications can be debilitating.

Which means application migrations have become the only constant in the rapidly evolving enterprise. Whether your organization is moving from Siebel to Salesforce, PeopleSoft to Workday, on-premise to hybrid, custom solutions to Marketo or all of the above, you know you need to think hard, fast, and smart about the way these migrations are being conducted.

Because if you aren’t careful, the whirlwind of change that characterizes the current application landscape might mean your company loses sight of the bigger picture – and the data that defines it. This much is clear:

Without a broader, standardized approach to the way your organization’s data is being migrated, you won’t just be harming the implementation of your new applications – you’ll also be impeding their ability to deliver value to the business.

Whenever you migrate an application, don’t forget you’re also migrating data. So a purely app-centric view of migrations ignores what happens to the business data once the systems have been put in place. Once you’ve aligned your business processes to the new application, they’re going to need the right data flowing through them.

In short, when you think about migrating any application – to the cloud, to a new operating system, or to a new delivery model – think about the data first. What data do you have? What data will you need? How will users report on that data once it’s in the new system?