When introducing new systems or adding new areas to a new system usually data migrations are needed to integrate the data from the old system or other areas into the new system. During such data migrations often a migration tool is used to get the data from the source into the target system. This migration tool transforms the data to be compliant with the new system and imports the data into the system.
In such a scenario generally these questions come up: How to validate the data migration? Do we need to validate the tool itself? Do we need to validate all details of all rules and functionalities that are available in the tool and could be used in theory?
Imagine, you have a set of user stories for a new enterprise content management (ECM) application. And you have an existing ECM platform up and running or you have selected a new one, but you are uncertain about the platform’s future. You will have to invest money for custom development to make users happy, and you want the solution to be supported for the next decade.
You have two options: stay with your current ECM platform or select a new one. But the decision process takes time – or you give it a try and test a new platform within your project. There are a lot of pros and cons and no general recommendation. It depends on your situation and the requirements for the new application.
The implementation of a standardized DMS like D2 or the > Dell EMC Documentum Life Sciences Solution Suite requires the migration of documents from the old to the new system or a transforming of the data model within the system in order to work properly with the new application. Often this old data is not fully standardized and structured, but either based on a less controlled system such as Documentum Webtop or on a controlled system with slightly different structures such as CSC FirstDoc or Cara.
I’ve been in the Document Management System (DMS) / Enterprise Content Management System (ECMS) market for more than 20 years. Sometimes very focused on a specific aspect e.g. Technical Documentation, sometimes more general e.g. ECMS platform and sometimes with focus on an industry segment e.g. Life Science. I have seen a lot of vendors, products and technologies coming and going. The latest acquisition and certainly the biggest one was just a week ago. Hopefully, this will not reduce the power of innovation.