To Migrate or Not to Migrate — Proper Preparation Is the Key to Making the Right Decision and Ensuring a Successful Migration

  • by George Anderson, Senior Director & GPE, Microsoft Services
  • July 15, 2005
The process of deciding whether a migration is in order is as challenging and complex as conducting the migration itself, if not more so. While the technical migration process has a clear goal, navigating the business factors and needs involved, and marrying them to IT factors and needs, are not as clear cut. This article helps IT and business teams make the right decision on whether and how to migrate by identifying the critical areas that will make or break the success of a proposed migration. It also helps prepare you for a successful migration by pointing out commonly missed migration steps and showing you how to mitigate some of the risks involved in going live on a new platform.

George Anderson

As a senior director and global program executive for an arm of Microsoft's consulting business, Dr. George Anderson leads teams of program and project managers, architects, and enterprise consulting professionals tasked with deploying various ERP solutions and other business applications. He’s co-authored several books including SAP Implementation Unleashed and the Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours series, serves as an adjunct professor teaching various project management and systems analysis courses, and holds a number of credentials including PMI PMP and several SAP and Microsoft certifications alongside a PhD in leadership/organizational change, an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

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