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Checklist for Data Migration

65 Questions to reduce the risk of unexpected complications

Summary and Scope

The data migration is usually only one small sub-project within a big or huge project of upgrade or even application migration to similar application of an other vendor. As usual for small sub-projects not too much attention is dedicated to the data migration, which is indeed a central and critical part of the whole project. As complex migrations of huge amount of data are not executed very often in an company, there is not too much experience with unusual situations, and the likely hood to run into one of the unusual, seldom pitfalls is very high, resulting in significant delay of the whole project.

This report contains a list of critical checks to identify and address or exclude those pitfalls in an early phase of the project, thus ensuring the confidence for keeping the time plan.

The base document provides background and explanations, the checklist template enables quick and easy documentation of the decisions, mostly by check-boxes.


Persons involved in Data Migration: Release Manager, Change Manger, Development- and System DBA, Application Support. Test Manager

This is the main target group and the checklist will support the rapid development of a quite complete questionnaire.

Development Manager

Knowing the customer's evaluation criteria the development manager can design the product to meet the requirements.






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Zip-file containing all of the following files

Within this ZIP-file you will find following files:






Base document containing questions and explanations in Adobe Acrobat format, Acrobat-reader required.



Template, to be filled out for each project. Adobe Acrobat format.


Same content, editable RTF-format, can be imported into any word processor.

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