Database Migration in the Real World
The Database Migration Process
Moving your data from one database to another can seem like a simple task in the beginning, but it can get very complicated very quickly as you dig into the processes and systems. Creating a plan and diligently following that plan is imperative to a successful database migration. At Dobler Consulting, our team of experts starts by evaluating the data structure, systems that contribute to the database, and the systems that pull from the database. After we understand how the systems are currently working, we will assess the growth strategy of the business and data demands that will be made in order to reach that growth strategy. This is a key step in any migration process. If you spend the time and resources necessary to migrate your data to a database that cannot achieve your short and long term goals without unnecessary complication, you will be doing more harm than good.
Which Database Should You Migrate To?
There are many factors that the end result of a database migration will be successful. What software and architectural solutions are available to maximize the effectiveness of your database? Will your software applications be compatible with the new database system without overcomplicating your infrastructure? Will the database be able to perform in a dynamic way and grow with the growing needs of your business?
Some database migrations are easier due to the architectural similarity of the two databases. Others are more complicated, because there might be huge differences between the database in functionality, data management, work load management or a combination of them.
If you have already done these evaluations and determined the right database solution for your business, you may have a few questions. However, you must consider the following before making the migration in order for it to be successful:
- Develop a migration plan and follow it diligently
- Get full access to all client applications and database applications
- Have an expert in both the database you are currently using and the database you are migrating to
- Create a solid testing process
- Match existing and future database schemas
- Determine if this is a simple conversion, partial rewrite, or a major rewrite
- Create a table of systems you will need to implement to replicate or improve the database functionality to fit your needs.
- Understand the following
- Stored procedures
- And finally, test, test, and test some more
Database Migration With Dobler Consulting
There are limitations and expansions of features for each database. When migrating from one database to another, it is imperative to have a comprehensive understanding of both databases to ensure success. Even if you have done a database migration just a few years ago, technology is continuously evolving and changing, which will make this process much more complicated than in the past. The value of having someone on your team who has migrated hundreds of databases is invaluable. From databases with billions of records to smaller systems, the team of experts at Dobler Consulting has migrated them all. Our team is experienced with and well versed in Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle Database migration, as well as many alternative database solutions. Our experience in these databases has given us the insight and abilities needed to quickly match the software solutions and technologies available to best fit your needs. We typically save our clients from months of wasted time through our well-developed data migration process built around their needs We can also help if you’re already in the middle of a migration project and need an additional set of eyes to ensure the success of the database migration.
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