This year’s Data Migration Matters event (DMM4) is set to be the most international yet.

Things may be retrenching here in the UK but clearly there is more optimism world wide. And where there is growth and development there is acquisition, merger and new system implementation. All of which mean more Data Migration. And it’s great that the DMM conferences continue to attract some of the most innovative companies and speakers from across the world.

This year from the USA we have DataFlux and Pervasive sponsoring, exhibiting and providing a hands-on experience of their software in the seminar spaces. From Belgium our friends Rever are both sponsoring and giving try it and see demonstrations of their semantic model generation and migration software in another of the seminar spaces.

As to speakers, we have, from the USA, Ken Rosenteel who will be relating how the use of semantic based software enabled the migration of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission off old Bull mainframe software whilst preserving their investment in legacy code that captured their unique set of business rules. And, waiting in the wings, we have speakers from mainland Europe explaining how the use of a carefully considered Data Migration methodology is allowing them to provide a soft landing for their Data Migrations. I’m not allowed to say who these people are yet but I know you are going to be interested in what they have to say.

Of course, we also have a solid contingent from the UK, with the likes of recognised industry expert Dylan Jones giving us the benefit of his experience and Paul Johnson giving us case studies of the data issues associated with mergers and acquisitions in the insurance industry.

For those of you have maybe only stumbled onto this blog recently, Data Migration Matters, now in its fourth year, is a series of one-day events that focus exclusively on Data Migration. It is the one place where you can meet software vendors, industry experts, practitioners and executives who have been there done that and have a case study to share, all of whom, collectively make up the nascent Data Migration industry. There are plenty of opportunities to mingle with your fellow delegates and exchange experiences of the good, the bad and the painful when it comes to Data Migration.

So if you are new to Data Migration (maybe you have just been given the dubious honour of leading on your first migration) or if you are an old hand with something to say then DMM4 is the only place to go.

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.