UK: Are you confident that your data will be migrated properly during your system migration?

Last Updated: 25 October 2005

All too often we find that a new system goes live with a variety of ‘unknown’ or ‘unresolved’ data related issues which are only uncovered after the event. This can cause problems when issues begin to appear during the normal course of business as previously straightforward activities become convoluted and difficult. And that’s before they begin to seriously affect your customers and your day to day operations.

We understand that with so many things to consider in an implementation it is common for data considerations to get less priority than they deserve with insufficient diligence being applied to understanding the data, planning the migration, and performing adequate confirmatory procedures.

Furthermore, we often find that few people in an organisation have good solid knowledge and experience of data migration testing.

Can you answer these questions?

  • Do you have a specific plan in place to manage the data migration?
  • Has the plan been evaluated for its completeness and robustness?
  • Do you fully understand your data?
  • Do you have adequate skills within your organisation that are able to transfer and map the data?
  • Have you organised independent confirmation of the migration for both pre-go live and go live itself?
  • What will you do if things go wrong during or after the migration?

Independent confirmation

With a strong data specialist team Deloitte can provide a helping hand in tackling the intricacies of data migration:

  • Data discovery: Understand data structures of the old system and help design a mapping to the new system
  • Workshops: With client staff to identify possible issues before they arise and highlight areas with data quality issues
  • Project involvement: Provide an ongoing presence to the project team bringing you the benefit of our experience. You can use usas the ‘handrail’ for the data aspects of the project
  • Testing of migration completeness:

Accuracy of data migration for live and dry run via:

  • Independent verification of key reports
  • 100% testing for exceptions within the transfer
  • key account reconciliation
  • Assurance: Provide overall assurance that the data has been migrated completely and accurately from the old to the new system

Why Deloitte?

Deloitte is a name known and trusted by key stakeholders, including Boards, Audit Committees and, ultimately the markets.

We are the only Big Four firm to have retained its consulting business, thereby maintaining access to a wealth of experience that is no longer available to our direct competitors.

What we provide is technology assurance – we can’t guarantee the successful and timely delivery of technology change, that responsibility will always be yours. What we can do is ensure that all the risks are understood and flagged up early, and that those risks are collectively managed, so that the chance of a problem arising is minimized.

Want to know more?

If you are looking for:

  • A third party that delivers clear, understandable and pragmatic solutions
  • A business partner who can truly work with your organisation to make a step change improvement in your computer environment whilst maintaining a "feet on the ground approach"
  • A "big 4" firm that has retained its consultancy practice and can help design and implement improved solutions

You should be talking to our professionals at Deloitte.

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