Data migrations are usually greeted with dread by business managers. IT-driven projects to consolidate servers, move to a new application suite or platform, or just to upgrade systems are often the trigger for a data integration exercise as well. Months down the line when the business gets handed the new live solution, they often discover problems.
Bringing multiple data sources together into a unified new database is often thought of as an IT project. Yet unless the business gets involved, the outcome may be a lot of money spent for little purpose. David Reed finds out how to get data users to fly together.