At its core, a data migration is the process of either:
If you perform a search on google, or research this question, you'll most likely find that the industry standard process is to use ETL: the extract, transform and load method for migrating data. We find this method to be flawed in that it is missing a key pre-requisite step. Feel free to check out article on Misunderstanding ETL to learn more.
Our general approach and methodology for any project we work on, including data migration projects, is:
Our approach specific to data migrations is to use a new and improved process, called A-ETL, where the first step is analysis. We've put together a diagram showing the general process:
We sure do. The following is a list of some of the tools we offer for the public and what they do:
Note that all of the tools include additional information, as well as a technical how-to guide on how you can develop a similar tool for yourself.
Simply visit our All Migration Tools page, or simply click on the individual tool links in the question up above.
We are certainly open to it. Send us an email and let us know what kind of tool you think would be a good addition to our site, and internally we will discuss the possibility of creating it. Note that any requests for us to develop new tools should be for a tool that benefits other technical resources within the general public, and it should be a tool that isn't readily available on other websites.
Yes - if you find any diagrams on our website that you'd like to use on your website, feel free to use it. If you do use one of our diagrams, you must use the diagram via a src link to our website, for example:
<img src="http://www.idatamigration.com/img/[some diagram].png" />
Yes, in addition to data migrations, we do custom application and/or web development, proof of concept software development, automation, batch processing, custom reports, analysis and more.
For record or file conversions, we have a fixed price per record or file. For data migrations, we generally offer a fixed bid price; we have found that many business can be adverse to a Time and Materials arrangement, due to past experience with other service providers where the project exceeded both time and cost. Instead, we offer a fixed price bid, so that you'll know before engaging with us exactly what the cost will be. However, if there isn't enough information on the project scope prior to engaging, then we may present a fixed bid for the initial development, with a T&M type of engagement for future updates and maintenance.
That's our wheelhouse - we recommend that you contact us for a Free Consultation in order for us to learn more about your project and business objectives, and if you're a good fit to work with us, we can begin the process of working towards a solution.