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How to Effectively Deal with the Business Risks of Migrations?

  • 09/08/2011
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  • Posted by EuroSTAR

Reasons might be plenty for organizations to take the migration route such as to minimize costs, boost performance, hardware or software end-of-life, server consolidation, standardization, or to accommodate any change in the business structure resulting from mergers and acquisitions. While migrations can provide several key benefits to enterprises, they can often be risky from the business perspective if the resulting outcome does not play out as originally planned.

Consolidation of IT systems is common in M&A deals, and enterprises face several key issues of data migration, security and compliance. Enterprises have to deal with all the migration challenges if they have to derive synergies between both the merging entities. Any change in the business process can result in potential risks of interruption in daily operations, increased costs, loss of reputation with clients, and reduction in customer and shareholder confidence. Understanding the key drivers behind migration, effective planning, skilled resources, and an effective migration testing strategy form the key in cutting down the negative impact of migrations.

Whatever the type of migration it is, be it any database migration, packaged application migration, custom-coded application migration, technology migration, or any standards migration; enterprises have to deal with several unknown complexities related to quality and compliance as well as its potential impact on the business. For instance, most of the organizations are headed towards adopting Windows 7 and it not only requires an operating system upgrade but also required changes to the corresponding hardware, browsers, office suite, connectivity options, and the needed security controls apart from considerable impact on the user productivity. In a similar way, database migrations can be very complex too and often time-consuming as each database consists of its own proprietary features and different data structures and data types.

Standards migration involves enterprises’ adoption of latest regulatory mandates, which can potentially impact several business processes across an organization. It requires thorough knowledge of the various policies and procedures according to various laws and regulations. Migration Testing helps organizations to minimize the risks arising out of migration while meeting the business and technology objectives. It helps in managing the mission-critical migration projects while ensuring performance, reliability, scalability, and availability. A perfect mix of manual and automation testing methodologies will help enterprises to effectively deal with issues arising out of any migration. Independent testing specialists and migration service vendors with domain and testing expertise will be the one who can effectively deal through the change within the given time and budget.

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