My most recent Data Migration coaching session on creating a business case for adopting best practice in Data Migration projects was a success.

First things first. I must apologise for the absence of blogs of late. I’ve just been too busy. However this flurry of activity has given me plenty of ammunition for my next few weeks blogs, so no excuses from now on eh?

Now back to business. My most recent coaching session with Data Migration Pro the other week was on the subject of “How do you convince the business to adopt best practice for Data Migrations?”. We had some interesting questions – especially before the meeting. If you want to hear the recorded pod cast check it out at:

As an added bonus a transcription of the pod cast is also available from the same location.

The key areas we stressed were:

  • How to build the financials into your business case
  • How to highlight the potential pitfalls of not approaching the problem in a methodical manner
  • The need to continually re-sell to the business the need to keep best practice going once the ennui of a long project starts to set in

A big thanks to everyone who attended and especially to those who submitted questions. As usual some of the more interesting ones came in when it was too late to do them justice. If your question didn’t get answered, please feel free to add it in the comments below.

Secondly those great guys at Data Migration Pro have established a sister site for Data Quality aficionado’s called (inventively enough) Data Quality Pro.

It can be found at I know the contributors personally and I would whole heartily recommend their skill and knowledge to anyone. Data Quality is one of the major issues in Data Migration projects, as we all know.

Of course as Data Migration experts ourselves we also know that these DQ types need to be kept in line, or else the ill disciplined rabble will be trying to drain the swamp when all we wanted was a little clean water. Where we have to excel is focusing on the end game of a timely migration and getting our prioritisation of data quality activities aligned with the business goals of the migration.

My next blog is going to be a humdinger about my conversations with the legal eagles of the city of London and the fresh opportunities for trained Data Migration professionals in the frenzied climate of forced mergers and acquisitions we now live with.

Not to be missed even if I say it myself.

And on the subject of training I’ll have news of a new initiative to offer free training over the internet in Data Migration.

Watch this space.

About the author

John Morris has over 20 years experience in IT as a programmer, business analyst, project manager and data architect. He has spent the last 10 years working exclusively on data migration and system integration projects. John is the author of Practical Data Migration.