Develop Roles and Responsibilities Specific to a Data Migration Project

  • by Ramachandra Chemudupati, Lead Consultant, Infosys Ltd.
  • October 28, 2011
Learn a real-world example of a resource operating model, including the roles and responsibilities — for both business and IT — in achieving a successful data migration project. Arm yourself with detailed descriptions of what each role should do, when and how they interact with other roles, and how to deliver the migration objects successfully.
Key Concept
Identifying and involving the right resources and clearly defining their roles and responsibilities can help you achieve significant success in a data migration project. Over- defining roles can mean blurring the responsibilities. Under-defining the roles can affect the migration timelines and deliverables. Involving business representatives in your migration process and ensuring their availability at various stages along the process also factor into this role definition.

Normally in large transformation, implementation, and rollout projects, data migrations are run as a separate track due to the complexity and magnitude of the data involved. There are many aspects to take care of to ensure the success of such a migration project. It is important to engage the right resources and define their responsibilities accurately, communicating it well in advance. It is essential for the conversion analysts to work especially with the design team and subject matter experts (SMEs) to ensure the migrations are aligned with the desired final design for the target system. To achieve a successful data migration, it is important to define a robust operating resource model along with specifying the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in the overall migration process.

I’ll discuss the model we used in a three-year, large transformation program for a Fortune 500 global semiconductor company. The program involved coordination across eight business groups to deliver five major projects with more than 1,000 individual end users. I’ll explain the roles and responsibilities we defined for each role specific to migrations in the project that helped us accomplish the production migrations on time, convert clean and precise data, avoid post-go-live conversion resource costs, ensure early stabilization exit, and achieve smooth business process execution using converted data right from the day of go-live. I’ll also explain the importance of the participation of members of the business in the whole process by answering the basic questions: why, where, what, when, and how.

Ramachandra Chemudupati

Ramachandra Chemudupati is a lead consultant at Infosys Ltd. His areas of expertise are SAP materials management, sales and distribution, plant maintenance, and project management. He has more than 12 years of consulting experience and has worked on multiple implementation, rollout, transformation, and data migration projects for several global Fortune 500 companies.

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