Think about the last truly great vacation you took – either with your friends and loved ones, or by yourself. You probably spent a lot of time researching destinations, sites and other points of interest, right? You wanted to make sure that your adventure was as thrilling as it could possibly be, so you pulled out all the stops to make sure that when the day finally came and you boarded that plane, you didn’t have a thing to worry about. You might have even worked with a travel agent to cross your “T’s” and dot your “I’s” in a way that left absolutely nothing to chance.
Why, then, should your data migration process be any different?
In a lot of ways, data migration for a business like yours is a lot like that last incredible trip you took – only instead of coming back home at the end, you get to stay and live the fast, efficient and collaborative lifestyle you’ve always seen for yourself. But as was true with that trip, you need to do a lot more than just hop on the next plane and “wing it”, so to speak. If you really want to guarantee that your migration process is as relaxing as a week in the islands, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
Unbridled Power and Efficiency Awaits… With the Right Approach
Much like your vacation, the key to any stress-free data migration process begins with a well laid plan. Think of it like the itinerary you put together for your relaxing week in the islands – you’ll need to determine the project’s scope by getting a better idea of what data you need to migrate, you’ll want to establish your migration time frame, and you’ll want to guarantee that this plan you’re developing is totally consistent and compatible with all of your existing policies.
Likewise, you’re going to need to better evaluate the overall complexity of your data. In other words, you need to get a handle on what knowledge resources are actually in your possession, how they are currently stored, where they’ll be ending up and how complex that data actually is.
Consider all this the foundation of everything that is about to come. Once you’ve established all of these facts, a lot of the action that you’re about to take will more or less fall into place. Things like data standards and your current data classification systems will dictate some of the moves you need to make during the migration process from the outset, essentially making sure that you’re pointed in the right direction and are always moving forward.
You’ll also want to establish change management procedures as early and as often in the process as possible. If you’re taking a vacation overseas, for example, you’ll need to do a lot of research about what you need to take with you before you get on a plane. Things like power outlet converters and other accessories to make sure all of your portable devices work fall into that category.
Change management is no different, as it contextualizes your data migration process against the users, vendors, partners and customers who will all ultimately be participating in the powerful new system that you’re about to create. This step is about guaranteeing that the migration process isn’t just successful for you, but for EVERYONE involved – the same way you would want to make sure that everyone going with you on vacation has what they need to really make the most out of it and get the experience that they were hoping for.
The Partner You Need When You Need It the Most
Finally, you also need to make sure that you have the partner necessary to help take your vision for data migration and make it a reality in the easiest and most efficient ways possible. A partner like Nerdio and others is, in the end, a lot like that travel agent you used to book your incredible, unforgettable vacation. Only instead of booking reservations at all the best restaurants and scoring you great deals on air fare, they help guarantee that your migration process is as positive and as hassle-free as possible.
Nerdio, for example, offers two products that can help to that end – complete or hybrid private cloud services, along with a platform for easy packaging, pricing, provisioning, management and even the cost-optimization of Azure environments.
You get to leverage the decades of combined experience that only a partner like this can bring to the table and you get to cement all of the major advantages of a successful data migration process as well.
When you consider things from that angle, it’s easy to see why data migration doesn’t have to be nearly as complicated of a process as certain people seem to want to make it. All of the tips, tricks, best practices and valued partners are right there – you just need to have the wherewithal to actually make use of them in all of the major ways that the situation demands.
At the end of all this, your migration process will not only have been as relaxing as a week in the islands. Believe it or not, it’ll actually be even better.