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Familiarize Yourself With DBMS Migration Best Practices to Ensure Success

Published: 18 October 2017


DBMS migrations present many challenges and traps for the unwary. This research offers guidance about the techniques technical professionals can use to migrate between DBMSs and provides examples about how to detect and handle the many pitfalls.

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  • Prework
    • Clear Objectives
    • Core Team
    • Management Support
  • Step 0: Become Familiar With Migration Technology and Techniques
    • Example of Typical DBMS Differences: SQL Server and Oracle
    • Example: SQL Server to Hana and Use of IDENTITY
  • Step 1: High-Level Assessment of the Feasibility and Effort to Migrate
    • Migration Metrics
    • Particular Risk Factors and Technical Conversion Challenges
    • Initial Architecture
    • Migration Approach and Estimates
    • High-Level Business Case and Feasibility Assessment
  • Step 2: Undertake a Detailed Migration Study
    • Turning Risk Into a Cost Estimate
    • The Correct Use of Contingency
    • A Useful Migration Sanity Check
    • Database Compatibility Options
    • Dynamic SQL Translation as an Alternative to Code Conversion
    • Built-In Translation Frameworks
    • Case Study: Thomas Publishing
  • Step 3: Carry Out the Migration
    • Case Study: Large Insurance Company
  • Step 4: Formal Cutover to Production
    • Case Study: REWE Systems
  • Follow-Up
    • Case Study: Converting Thousands of Schemas Through Repeatable Migration
  • Related Guidance


Lyn Robison Henry Cook

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