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Cloud Migration, Data Integration/Consolidation & Information Lifecycle Management

Do you have plans to move to the Cloud? If so, can you answer the following data management questions:

1) What is your current data persistent mechanism for structured vs. unstructured data? How does that change when moving to the Cloud?

2) Are you planning on switching out some of your classic relational databases to more inexpensive options?

3) Do all of your relational systems require ACID compliance? Can some them (or parts of them) be re-structured for 'eventual consistency'?

4) What types of unstructured data do you currently (or in the future) handle? And its ingestion strategy?

5) What is your current Data Quality strategy? Is your 'master data' well managed? -- How many versions of the customer and product table do you have? Do you have a single source of truth?

6) What is your Data Integration strategy? Do you have a Data Access Layer? Are you considering 'Data as a Service' as a required component of your future architecture?

7) What is your Data Governance strategy? Who owns it?

All of the above will set the stage for a data consolidation and data management strategy, which in my mind is THE foundation for reliable, scalable, consistent and well-performing Cloud-based systems of the future. Without this, mere fork-lifting of systems from 'on-premises' to the Cloud, will result in a much more complex and messy data management problem (post-move). This is a very important aspect that needs to be addressed.

Data Integration is about getting data together and transforming data into information. Data Consolidation is about reducing the enterprise's data and storage footprint in an effort to minimize cost (infrastructure, administration and management). Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) is about deploying a strategy and the solution that backs the strategy, to persist and retain data pursuant to regulatory requirements. Data retention and archiving are critical concepts in ILM that require significant planning and expertise.

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