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The Significance And Wide Responsibilities of a Data Migration Lead

The Significance And Wide Responsibilities of a Data Migration Lead

Data and information are the two most essential factors that drive nearly every business and help an organization to improve its business processes, streamline and optimize operations. The main reason of success for all the famous and popular multinational company is collecting and using data to their advantage and taking timely decisions. Traditionally the data was collected manually by talking to clients, and customers face to face, taking surveys on the phone or face to face. The introduction of computers and the internet change the business dynamics in every way, whether data collection or taking customer orders.

The main source and data and information emailed through which an organization communicated with its clients and customers. Today, innovative technology such as smartphones, modern software, and fast internet connectivity has allowed the organization to save significant amounts of time, money, and effort to collect data. Nearly every company big or small, multinational or startup generates data and needs data from customers to grow and align their business functions. The common elements of every organization include an interactive and modern website, social media presence with multiple social media pages which help customers to place orders, know about their delivery, and give positive or negative feedback. The customer traffic and interaction on through website and social media pages help a company know about its progress and what changes it has made to sustain in the market. The data lets a company know exactly its demand and supply, when to restock inventory, and what distribution channels to use to satisfy the growing customers’ needs and requests. Companies can use data to

  • Find new leads or potential customers who may be interested in buying a particular product or service.
  • Redefine their marketing strategies and efforts
  • Improve customer service
  • Predict sales trend
  • Increase customer retention
  • Know about the customer through his search and order history
  • Track customer social media interaction

Data alone is a vital and essential element that drives and ensure the success of an organization. Data is important for every department and influences planning, optimization, and decision making. Studies and technical experts suggest that data has changed significantly in terms of quantity, nature, and quality. The installed systems are sometimes inefficient in managing the diverse datasets and influx of information, and organizations are required to migrate or shift their data.

The activity of transferring data from one location to another improved location or transferring data from one source to the target system is called ‘Data Migration.’ The task of shifting data is done by a data storage professional who is also called data migration lead. The process of transferring data is a very important step in consolidating and upgrading storage device and server hardware, adding data-dependent applications such as databases, data warehouses, and other virtualization projects. The data migration process also occurs on systems that are based on SSD (Solid State Drives), HDD (Hard Disk Drives), and also on cloud storage.

The cloud migrations and system upgradation help a business organization to increase its ability, determine business prospects, enhance operational efficiency, and also reduce the expenses which are needed to store and use data. The three main types of data migration are

  1. Cloud migration

The process of shifting data, software, applications and other business processes from the physical data center to cloud storage is called cloud migration

2. Application migration

The process of transferring a particular application or a set of application from one data center to cloud or from one cloud to another is called application migration

3. Storage migration

The simple movement of data from the old and outdated system to a new and modern system is storage migration, and it is done to improve performance and ensure cost-effective scaling.

Transferring of important data from one location to another is not an easy task and requires technical knowledge and expertise. The list of tasks performed by data migration lead is

  • Responsible for handling data migration from all systems which includes extraction from the old system, transformation, and loading data onto new and advanced systems.
  • Support in the extraction of data from legacy (old or outdated) systems and analyzing data on ad hoc basis
  • Managing all cleansing activities and guiding business users.
  • Supporting all reporting needs and handling data profiles
  • Ensuring the deadlines are met on each migration stage from extraction, transformation, and loading until the data can be used
  • Planning and tracking the planned delivery regarding data cleansing activities
  • Testing and streamlining the load progress
  • Identifying and reporting the risk to the organization
  • Ensuring proper documentation for each task being performed, which includes migration requirements, value mapping, relevancy rules, and field mappings.
  • Addressing and facilitating information technology (IT) related questions of the project team

The data migration may occur within an organization due to various reasons such as server or storage device replacement or upgradation, data center relocation, server maintenance, and website consolidation. The data migration impact nearly all the business operations and mostly leads to downtime, performance issues, and compatibility. The main concern of the organization is to reduce or minimize the issues that can affect the productivity of the organization.

Planning, implementation, and validation are three factors for the effective data migration process. The planning stage requires a clear understanding of the system and its elements and includes sub-processes such as scheduling, hardware requirements, amount of data, and value of data. Before the data migration process, the technical support of an organization communicates the need and method of transferring data, installing the migration software, and configuring the hardware to ensure safe and effective data transfer.

The automated data transfer minimizes the error and application downtime due to no human intervention. The automated system also increases migration speed. Proper migration documentation helps in tracking and reducing the future risk and cost of transferring data.

Once the migration process is complete, then the organization will test and validate the statistics to determine the efficiency and data accuracy. The last step is data cleansing activity that is done to improve the quality of data by removing repetitive and unnecessary data. The benefits of data migration are

  • Ensuring the integrity of the data
  • Reducing storage costs with improvements in ROI (Return on investment)
  • Preventing the disruption in everyday operations
  • Upgrading the systems to enhance efficiency
  • Helps in managing the resources, and efforts to meet the growing demands of diverse datasets

Author Bio:

Stephen Edwards is an IT expert with five years’ experience in networking and managing cloud networks. He has also worked as a Data migration lead and help different organizations to effectively transfer their data on cloud storage. He can be connected through Twitter and Facebook

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