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What to Consider Before Migrating to a New DBMS

Published: 11 November 2016

ID: G00304173

Analyst(s): Donald Feinberg , Rick Greenwald , Adam Ronthal


Alternative DBMS offerings and deployment models hold the promise of reduced operating and maintenance costs. Data and analytics leaders, who should be aware that the success of a migration project depends on an accurate understanding of the time and effort involved, can gain valuable insight here.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Assess the Technical Aspects of Migration
    • Migrations Include Several Tasks
    • Automation Speeds Up Some Parts of a DBMS Migration
    • Compatibility Can Reduce Costs
    • The Migration Effort for Packaged Applications May Be Minimal
  • Consider the Organizational Aspects of Migration
    • Cross-Platform Retraining and Costs
    • Evolving Toward a New Platform Reduces Risk

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