3 ways to simplify data migration while reducing costs

Managing an application data migration nightmare? Learn how standardized Integration Competency Center principles can save money and reduce risk.


ICC practices can help your organization overcome seemingly insurmountable data migration hurdles and simplify processes.

Are you modernizing and consolidating big enterprise applications in order to become lean and efficient? Stop what you’re doing. Before you get deep into data migration, consider why now might be the perfect time to begin implementing Integration Competency Center (ICC) practices.

What is an ICC?

An ICC goes by many names, such as Center of Expertise (COE), Integration Solutions Center or Business Intelligence Competency Center. Whatever you call it, an ICC is a shared service function that links people, processes, best practices, technology, and policies to facilitate the efficient and cost-effective integration of data. In short, it is a way to create replicable and reusable building blocks. These building blocks, comprising standard tools, processes, and methodologies, can be shared across all integration projects, regardless of which business unit has ownership.

As IT waste and redundancies are eliminated, your organization will see the immediate benefits of ICC principles, including substantial savings in costs and resources.

Defining the benefits of ICC

At first glance, rolling out ICC during an already volatile data migration appears to just compound risks. In reality, ICC practices can help your organization overcome seemingly insurmountable data integration hurdles and simplify processes. Consider these three benefits:

  1. Problem: Enterprise application data migration projects can have risks associated. Roughly a third of them miss their budget and delivery goals. The problem is often caused by a lack of focus on data migration as a separate issue. 

    Solution: An ICC is a way of introducing standards for tools, logic creation, sharability and reusability to the organization. This will greatly enhance overall productivity by reducing redundancy and waste.

  2. Problem: Most enterprise application projects involve data migration. It is expensive and time-consuming to clean your data after migration.

    Solution: By applying ICC principles at the beginning, you start your integration process with clean high quality data. You also avoid introducing redundancies and errors that will hamper ongoing efficiency and the long-term value of your data.

  3. Problem: The more integration points you have to manage during data migration, the more complicated the task. This places tremendous stress on application teams.
  4. Solution: A centralized ICC practice lets you leverage sharable and reusable tools, skills, and logic to accomplish data migration efficiently. The IT team can maintain accountability and give app owners peace of mind knowing that the project can be delivered on time, on budget, and with trustworthy data.

Getting buy-in and support for ICC should be relatively straightforward once you define and demonstrate the benefits to each business stakeholder. If your role as an application leader is to drive value, ICC practices can help return dollars to your budget so you have more resources to devote to actual innovation.

Want more information on how to ease data migration risks and costs? Download Bloor Research’s report "Lower Your Risk with Application Data Migration: Next Steps With Informatica."



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