Cracking the code to successful conversions: Facilitated session and follow-up interviews

Don't be shy!  Interviewing people BEFORE or AFTER a facilitated session just takes a bit of confidence, and good preparation. Building your confidence gets easier and easier the more you participate in interviews.  The objective is to prepare and not waste anyone’s valuable time.  I like to prepare notes based on […]

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Cracking the code for successful conversions: Facilitated sessions – what do we do now?

So, the facilitated session is over. You have gathered a tremendous amount of information, and you may be wondering what to do now.  I like to categorize all the information, and hopefully during the session you did some prioritization of the requirements based on company goals.  If you have never […]

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Cracking the code to successful conversions: Detailed information analysis via existing sources

To complete any conversion, with success, always seems to require a good understanding of the existing environment and platform.  In fact, I would not move forward without the background analysis work products. You may want to consider some analysis of what is already in place, and understand: What is the […]

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How to re-balance a data migration project plan

How do you structure your data migration plan? How do you allocate resources and timescales so that you maximise your chance of success? In this article I want to explore some data migration project planning misconceptions and give you some pointers for an alternative approach. One of the big improvements […]

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How to keep your data migration project on the rails

Why do so many data migration projects fall off the rails? I’ve been asked this question a lot and whilst there are lots of reasons, perhaps the most common is a bias towards finding the wrong kind of data quality gaps. Projects often tear off at breakneck speed, validating and cleansing […]

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3 tips for turning around a sinking data migration

Data migrations can be challenging initiatives at the best of times, but when they start to go wrong they can be devilishly difficult to turn around and keep afloat. In this article I share three simple ideas that may help you gain control of the project and bring that go-live date […]

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The benefits of turning your data migration on its head

Whilst the success rate of data migration initiatives has climbed in recent years, I still find that one of the key goals of data migration, legacy decommission, often gets overlooked. The financial benefits of shutting down the legacy environment are many. Relinquishing licenses and dormant hardware are obvious advantages of […]

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Stop poor data quality STOP

In the 19th century, the harnessing of electricity brought about the means to transmit signals via electrical telegraph.  The term STOP was used in telegrams to mark the end of a sentence because punctuation cost extra.  Therefore, a telegram requesting an end to poor data quality would literally have been sent as “Stop Poor […]

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Announcing SAS Data Management & Integration Technical Forum and Blog

Many of us in the SAS world are responsible for the data that feeds the various business intelligence, analytics and business solutions provided by SAS. We’ve been involved in data integration, data migration, data quality, ETL / ELT, data access projects that support SAS solutions or are used for other […]

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