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Benefits of Data Migration and Tips to Support It

Across industries like manufacturing, logistics, pharmaceuticals and oil and gas, companies are spending billions of dollars to move data between applications and core systems. Although so much money is budgeted towards data migration, according to Entrepreneur, up to 75% of these new systems fail to meet requirements. Issues and challenges in the migration process result in information that is not authenticated for the specified task.

Because the application or system being migrated is seen as the focus of an investment, the actual process of data migration can oftentimes be overlooked, causing issues in the accuracy of the data. This is why data migration is so crucial to the success of your business. Being able to fully understand the scope of challenges that come with moving information from different systems or applications to another allows the likelihood of delivering accurate data that supports the needs of the business to increase.

In this blog we’ll cover what data migration specifically is along with how it benefits ERP customers and tips to support it. We’ll also explain what incremental SAP modernization is and how being able to migrate SAP to the cloud is possible with EdgeReady Cloud.

What is Data Migration and How Does It Benefits ERP Users

In literal terms, data migration is a process by which data is moved between different storage types, formats, data architectures and enterprise systems. It’s important to note that this movement of information refers to moving data that already exists internally from one place to another. Instead of having data scattered in multiple different applications or systems, having it in one unified location makes it easier for your team to access it and makes it much more organized.

For ERP customers, it’s beneficial to migrate data for a few reasons:

    • Phased Approach: data migration is a phased approach of moving data from one location to another. The value in a phased approach is evident in the ability to adjust the migration according to specific needs or requirements.
    • No Downtime: no downtime in a data migration gives back time to your team that can be used for other productive tasks within a company.
    • Low Risk: focusing on the details of a migration contributes to the success of the accurate movement of data.
    • Verification & Validation Strategy: having a strong verification and validation strategy ensures that each part of the data migration process is authenticated

Along with these benefits, it’s extremely valuable to begin the process of data migration sooner rather than later. Why? Because the longer data is scattered across many different systems or applications, the higher the possibility of inaccurate information is. This can negatively impact a business in many different areas, and can even turn away customers.

Data migration pushes for the seamless navigation of your data, and tools such as EdgeReady Cloud help to support this through incremental SAP modernization, as an example.

Before explaining Pillir’s low code platform, we’ll dive into what incremental SAP modernization is.

Incremental SAP Modernization and Migration of SAP Data with EdgeReady Cloud

With the world moving rapidly, powered by exponential data growth, it’s more important than ever to modernize legacy systems. In order to integrate easily and innovate effectively, consider incrementally modernizing your SAP ERP system. But what does incrementally modernizing SAP mean?

Incremental SAP modernization refers to taking bits and pieces of an SAP ERP system and modernizing each part gradually. At Pillir, this means targeting a complex, mission critical core system with small projects that not only have a quick business impact but also an immediate and measurable ROI. This is an alternative approach to moving everything at once, and is valuable because it emphasizes the challenges and opportunities based on your use case. For example, EdgeReady Cloud discovers and converts technical debt rapidly, making the process of modernizing that much more efficient. Just like data migration is beneficial in that it moves data in parts rather than all at once, modernizing your legacy SAP ERP system incrementally focuses on small pieces to update, bit by bit. 

As an example, Dole Packaged Foods, a packaged fruit distributor, was struggling with their lengthy manual paper, email, and Excel processes for materials creation that came from their SAP ERP system. This not only led to higher operational costs, but also increased the likelihood of data integrity issues. To solve these issues, Pillir designed, built, and deployed a custom web application hosted on EdgeReady Cloud that tightly integrated with SAP and digitized every workflow across the materials creation process. Pillir’s solutions gave Dole valuable time back to focus on productive work within the company and eradicated manual workflows.

EdgeReady Cloud and Data Migration

EdgeReady Cloud is a low-code rapid application development platform. Powered by and hosted on AWS and promoting an AWS migration, it provides pre-built, native adapters to many business systems and databases, as well as offline capabilities that enable data accuracy in any connectivity landscape. 

So, how does this support data migration? With EdgeReady Cloud, corporations can quickly migrate, build, and extend applications, enabling the process of data migration to be that much more seamless.

Discover how to incrementally move data into cloud data lakes. Watch this webinar to learn more. Get started on data migration with EdgeReady Cloud. Receive a free 30-day trial of EdgeReady Cloud - contact our team to learn more.

Cecilia Santis

Cecilia Santis

Cecilia is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Pillir and loves to write about emerging technologies.