Migration Nation

Everything you need for an ECM migration

In the last quarter of 2016, we asked IT professionals about their experiences with ECM migrations. As experts in enterprise content management migrations, we had a good feel for how these responses might go. As expected, many migrations end up over budget and way past deadlines. You can read more about it here!

Why is that you ask?

Well, based on our survey, and previous experience with the matter, we have found that organizations don’t spend enough time pre-planning or planning their migration. Most skate through these two very important steps so they can make unrealistic deadlines. Although, that often tends to add more unexpected time to the migration.

We also found that those who were unhappy with their migrations cited organization of documents to be the biggest challenge. Yet another sign that they didn’t spend enough time pre-planning and planning their migrations.

Crucial steps: pre-planning and planning

When an organization has made the determination to jump ship and migrate all of their ECM content from one system to another, there are steps that must be followed for successful migration results. The first of which is pre-planning. It may sound redundant, but as migration experts, we cannot stress enough how important it is for organizations to have a plan for the migration plan. This step includes user interviews to find out what about their source ECM was or wasn’t meeting their needs. This step also includes assembling a migration team. This team can include in-house IT professionals and external migration consultants.

After an organization has taken the time to do these things, the next step they should take is to do their research on migration solutions. You must be wary of any solutions that position themselves as “push-button” solutions or “overnight” migrations. With many years’ experience in this field, we know that no such thing exists. You must make sure that whatever solution you select is robust enough to handle your document structures and any changes that may be made mid-migration.

We want you to have a successful migration experience

While these may seem simple in writing, there is always a lot more that goes into an ECM migration. We suggest that you read our Master of Migration: Best Practices Whitepaper to get started.

Check out our updated migration solution, Velocity+ by reading our recent blog about it.

For more about how SeeUnity can help, contact us at info@seeunity.com, and join the conversation by following us on social media.

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