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Experian helps tackle the challenges of data migration

Nearly all businesses engage in data migration at some time or another. According to new research from Experian, many businesses find such projects challenging. To ease the pain of data migration Experian offers advice.

by Helen Leggatt

According to Experian Data Quality's 'Ease the Data Migration Burden' study, 91% of businesses engage in data migration. Data migrations usually arise during a merger, acquisition, system replacement, or upgrade.

While an essential part of data management, nearly all businesses (85%) find data migration a challenge. The five most common challenges identified by Experian are:

1. Lack of collaboration.
2. Lack of standardization.
3. Poor system design.
4. Inaccurate information.
5. Poor interpretation of business rules.

According to Thomas Schutz, SVP and general manager of Experian Data Quality, such challenges "can be alleviated or lessened with the right level of planning and data insight early and often throughout the project".

To this end, Experian have provided five tips to help ease the challenge of data migration including having a clear project plan, identifying data inconsistency, clearly-defined scoping documents and centralized project management to help with system design, leveraging a data quality solution to lessen the risk of inaccurate information, and ensuring business users define requirements to keep the technology team aware of requirements.

"While migrations are certainly tough, they are critical to progress on your organization's data-driven initiatives," writes Stephanie Zatyko, senior content marketing specialist at Experian Data Quality, on the company blog. "Additionally, if organizations take steps to mitigate some of the common challenges through proper preparation, processes, and planning, these projects will go a lot smoother."

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Tags: business, data, data migration

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