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Why should you migrate your database? These are the most important reasons

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Why should you migrate your database?

The main reason why companies decide to migrate their database, is the Total Cost of Ownership. A fair reason to switch, but as we have stated before, there are often more reasons to change. Business needs might demand newer applications, unuseable on the old infrastructure. Performance might be an issue, but also apparent IT pains, such as disappeared support, could drive a migration.

TCO might be the number one reason why corporations would want to migrate their database. But it is not only the current TCO that worries many CIO’s, it is the foresight that data will grow. Businesses are living in a new normal in which mobile, social, the Internet of Things and analytics are coming together. In which databases will need to be able to store more and more data and process the information faster and faster. It is the digital transformation, other than TCO, that will drive database migration.

In these changing times, the business wants to try out new business models based on technology, make their operations more efficient using sensors, and deliver better customer experience. Big data is a reality, but data is only as valuable as its outcomes. Therefor corporations will need a database that performs, where data can be securely stored and backup’ed every minute, maybe every second. And legacy databases might not be able to live up to the standards you will need for your big data projects.

IT pains: legitimate reasons to migrate

Needs from the business are drivers for migration, but also pains from an IT perspective are reason to migrate. Legacy systems might not have the tools or integrity rules your current data strategy demands. Software vendors withdraw their support and make a system obsolete. Some companies are facing logistical nightmares from managing and tracking multiple databases. Multiple licenses, vendor support and synchronisations are taking a bigger cut from IT’s budget than necessary.  

Not only databases are migrated for the reasons as shown above. Our experience is that corporations often want to expand their migration project to the complete architecture, to make sure not only their database is ready to take on the opportunities of the digital transformation, but also the middle-ware, applications and underlying hardware are ready.

If you migrated your database recently: what was your main reason to switch?

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