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How to choose a data
integration vendor
Introduction
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Data migration and integration is a specialist
activity that demands specialist support,...
• The right partner knows which
rocks to look under. They will be
able to identify problem areas early
on, instead of reac...
Project scoping evaluates:
 in-house skills
 the quality of your data
 the project’s timings
 the migration tools
requ...
• A robust methodology is essential if
you want a staged, well-managed
approach.
• Most data migration and data
integratio...
• How widely used are the vendor’s
migration tools?
• Have they been used before to
migrate data in your industry?
• You n...
• If the partner is providing
consultants, check that they will be
available for the duration of the
project.
• The vendor...
• It can be hugely beneficial to work
with a data migration vendor who
has operated in a variety of
different environments...
• How much control will your partner give
you over the data migration process?
• Does your organisation require you to be
...
• Download the PDF copy of our
data migration planning guide.
It’s free, and no email address
is required!
• Visit us at:
...
www.etlsolutions.com
Raising data
management
standards
www.etlsolutions.com
Contact information
Karl Glenn, Business Devel...
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How do you go about choosing the right data integration or migration vendor for your project? Data movement is a specialist activity that demands specialist support, particularly if the project involves complex data. If you don’t possess the necessary skills or migration tools in-house, then you need a partner with the expertise to tackle tough projects.

The challenge is: there are many data migration and data integration vendors, so how do you choose the right partner for your project? Here are seven areas to consider.

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  • To keep things simple when I’m talking, we’ll discuss loading data into PPDM, but a lot of this applies to generic data loading – moving data out of PPDM, or not involving PPDM at all.Data transformation is mudane from a business perspective, but very important to get right. The less time and trouble it causes, the more time you can spend doing more interesting things directly benefiting your business.Badly loaded data by definition affects the quality of the data in your MDM store.
  • To keep things simple when I’m talking, we’ll discuss loading data into PPDM, but a lot of this applies to generic data loading – moving data out of PPDM, or not involving PPDM at all.Data transformation is mudane from a business perspective, but very important to get right. The less time and trouble it causes, the more time you can spend doing more interesting things directly benefiting your business.Badly loaded data by definition affects the quality of the data in your MDM store.
  • To keep things simple when I’m talking, we’ll discuss loading data into PPDM, but a lot of this applies to generic data loading – moving data out of PPDM, or not involving PPDM at all.Data transformation is mudane from a business perspective, but very important to get right. The less time and trouble it causes, the more time you can spend doing more interesting things directly benefiting your business.Badly loaded data by definition affects the quality of the data in your MDM store.
  • To keep things simple when I’m talking, we’ll discuss loading data into PPDM, but a lot of this applies to generic data loading – moving data out of PPDM, or not involving PPDM at all.Data transformation is mudane from a business perspective, but very important to get right. The less time and trouble it causes, the more time you can spend doing more interesting things directly benefiting your business.Badly loaded data by definition affects the quality of the data in your MDM store.
  • To keep things simple when I’m talking, we’ll discuss loading data into PPDM, but a lot of this applies to generic data loading – moving data out of PPDM, or not involving PPDM at all.Data transformation is mudane from a business perspective, but very important to get right. The less time and trouble it causes, the more time you can spend doing more interesting things directly benefiting your business.Badly loaded data by definition affects the quality of the data in your MDM store.
  • To keep things simple when I’m talking, we’ll discuss loading data into PPDM, but a lot of this applies to generic data loading – moving data out of PPDM, or not involving PPDM at all.Data transformation is mudane from a business perspective, but very important to get right. The less time and trouble it causes, the more time you can spend doing more interesting things directly benefiting your business.Badly loaded data by definition affects the quality of the data in your MDM store.
  • To keep things simple when I’m talking, we’ll discuss loading data into PPDM, but a lot of this applies to generic data loading – moving data out of PPDM, or not involving PPDM at all.Data transformation is mudane from a business perspective, but very important to get right. The less time and trouble it causes, the more time you can spend doing more interesting things directly benefiting your business.Badly loaded data by definition affects the quality of the data in your MDM store.
  • How to choose a data integration vendor

    1. 1. www.etlsolutions.com How to choose a data integration vendor
    2. 2. Introduction www.etlsolutions.com Data migration and integration is a specialist activity that demands specialist support, particularly if the project involves complex data. If you don’t possess the necessary skills or migration tools in-house, then you need a partner with the expertise to tackle tough projects. The challenge is: there are many data migration and data integration vendors, so how do you choose the right partner for your project? Here are seven areas to consider.
    3. 3. • The right partner knows which rocks to look under. They will be able to identify problem areas early on, instead of reaching the final stages with a hundred different issues to sort out. • In particular, a partner who follows a set of standards will be able to identify problems at the earliest possible opportunity, enabling you to mitigate the risks. • For instance, at ETL Solutions we use the Prince2 project management standard, and also use ISO standards where appropriate to underpin our methodology for migrating data. 1. Industry standards www.etlsolutions.com
    4. 4. Project scoping evaluates:  in-house skills  the quality of your data  the project’s timings  the migration tools required to complete the project successfully. 2. Project scoping www.etlsolutions.com • If you’re not sure what methodology to use or how long it will take… • …Or if you haven’t carried out a data migration before… • …You would benefit from a partner who offers a scoping exercise. • The aim is to identify gaps and risks.
    5. 5. • A robust methodology is essential if you want a staged, well-managed approach. • Most data migration and data integration vendors have a methodology; ours is a tried-and- tested, six-step approach that covers the key stages of a data migration project. • A good methodology spans from initial set-up (ensuring that you have the right people and equipment in place) through to data assessment, the core migration and legacy decommissioning. 3. Methodology www.etlsolutions.com
    6. 6. • How widely used are the vendor’s migration tools? • Have they been used before to migrate data in your industry? • You need to be sure that the vendor’s software will do the job… • …And also that the people on the project are experienced or trained in using them. 4. Tools www.etlsolutions.com
    7. 7. • If the partner is providing consultants, check that they will be available for the duration of the project. • The vendor should provide a project manager and a technical lead, giving you consistency and direction from start to finish. • In terms of the in-house team, at ETL Solutions we check the required skills for you. • Our staff competency assessment is carried out to INCOSE standards, and charts the team’s skills footprint against the roles that they are taking on. 5. People www.etlsolutions.com
    8. 8. • It can be hugely beneficial to work with a data migration vendor who has operated in a variety of different environments and industries. • At the same, time the partner should also have prior experience of data migration in your particular industry. • A domain expert is also essential, whether within your organisation or supplied by the vendor. 6. Experience www.etlsolutions.com
    9. 9. • How much control will your partner give you over the data migration process? • Does your organisation require you to be updated at each step? • Our methodology enables us to be open in what we do. Our plans are clearly defined, so that you will know exactly what we are doing and when we are doing it, so that you can track and monitor the migration as closely as you wish. • We believe trust and transparency are extremely important – and they help projects run to time, spec and budget. 7. Visibility www.etlsolutions.com
    10. 10. • Download the PDF copy of our data migration planning guide. It’s free, and no email address is required! • Visit us at: http://www.etlsolutions.com/free -eguide-preparing-a-data- migration-plan/ to download your copy. Download your free data migration planning guide About us At ETL Solutions, we design software to help developers tackle difficult data transformations. We deliver ready-to-use products and services based on Transformation Manager, a robust integration toolkit. Images from Freedigitalphotos.net
    11. 11. www.etlsolutions.com Raising data management standards www.etlsolutions.com Contact information Karl Glenn, Business Development Director kg@etlsolutions.com +44 (0) 1912 894040 www.etlsolutions.com

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