Should you migrate to a modern BI?
The key to any successful transition is accurate data migration.
Often as a business grows, they tend to find themselves, constantly adding improvements within their systems. Whether it may be additional enhancements or upgrades on their system’s capabilities, many reasons can require a migration. And besides, no company uses the same technology forever. If a company want to stay ahead of the game, then they’ll have to put their all into it. And that includes migrating if the situation calls for it.
There are also five tips companies can use to successfully migrate.
- Continue to plan, and then plan some more.
- Decide on when to keep, and what to move.
- Ensure everyone understands which data is important, and what needs to migrate.
- Have a stable, and clear timeline.
- Don’t stop testing and verifying.
But, companies can’t just migrate whenever they want. There must be a right time and place, and a lot of research done first. There are two ways a company can migrate. First, is the augmentation approach. This would involve multiple BI tools in parallel with each other, so the existing BI implementation, produces its current reports, while simultaneously, implementing new data projects on the new BI system.
This approach is considered less risky, but, does involve more expense when running both platforms parallel. This process will also have a lasting effect, due to how it will remain in place. So, in conclusion, this process is very effective, but it is more on the expensive side, due to supporting traditional BI tools in terms of large staffing levels.
The other approach would be to “rip and replace”. This tactic involves preparations for making the next move. This can accelerate and simplify the process of replacing the incumbent BI platform, due to modern BI solutions built on multi-tenant cloud architectures.
But, regardless of which migration is chosen, all migrations have the same tow elements. The data itself, and the relationship between those data sets. When migrating, companies have to take into consideration what’s important for what gets migrated into the Cloud, and what remains in the same spot.
Migration can be very beneficial because it can provide an opportunity to rethink how reports are used within a business. The planning is not just all about technology, but the opportunities it creates by providing future results and inside looks at its analytics.