Gartner Research

What to Consider Before Migrating to a New DBMS

Published: 11 November 2016

ID: G00304173

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

Summary

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

Introduction

Analysis

  • 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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