While much of the attention of a CMS implementation is focused on the performance of new software, the vital step of content migration often comes as an afterthought. Critical to the success of an implementation project, a migration needs careful planning and analysis.
Considering these eight success factors will help an organization save time, cost, and resources while increasing the ROI of their CMS implementation.
1. Dedicate the Appropriate Personnel
Assign the appropriate personnel to a data migration project to minimize downtime and avoid large-scale user disruption.
2. Understand CMS Data Migration Complexity
Perform a complete assessment of the complexity of a CMS migration to help set expectations for upper management and ensure their buy-in throughout the process.
3. Assess the Value of Historical Data
Identify data that provides high value and those that have lost their significance. Migrate only the essential data to reduce complexity and streamline the migration process.
4. Understand Target System Requirements
With any CMS, controlling all assets has certain preparation requirements including data cleanliness, completeness, and compatibility. Not addressing these critical data requirements can cause a CMS project to fail, resulting in cost and time overruns.
5. Create a Comprehensive Migration Plan
Meticulous planning for, and deployment of, a comprehensive migration plan will ensure the corporation’s data is properly migrated.
6. Identify and Assess Risks
The key to successful data migration is to anticipate and plan for risks. This will help avoid major delays in the migration schedule that can impact critical business processes.
7. Utilize the Appropriate Migration Tools
Bulk loading migration software enables organizations to maintain system availability and complete data integrity while minimizing the effects on application and user performance. It provides the most benefit to organizations with heterogeneous storage environments.
8. Obtain Expert Guidance
Highly qualified migration consultants have performed hundreds of data migrations. Organizations should leverage that expertise to navigate the complexities of the migration process and ensure project success on the first attempt.
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