Does Your Business Have A Data Migration Strategy for Legacy ERP Systems?

By January 23, 2018Outsourcing

As technology advances, new hardware and software become available increasing the need to optimize ERP systems crucial. Legacy systems quickly become outdated and increasingly difficult to find compatibility between other systems. Outsourcing data migration limits risk and transfers all of your data with the help of an experienced team.

When a legacy system becomes difficult to use, unreliable, and no longer supported with current technology it ends up building high operating costs. In addition, limited functionality works harshly against company growth.

Upgrading to a new ERP system is difficult without the proper planning. When weighing the pros and cons, is your company more suited to outsource this task?

Optimizing Data Migration of ERP Systems

According to DMNews, the top challenges of data migration are lack of standardization, inaccuracy, and failing to have a clear plan.  Data within a database is often in a different format, requiring standardization to accurately move data into the new ERP system. Consistency is the key to prevent errors and delays, which can potentially cause problems.

When considering migrating data, a few key steps are necessary to minimize risk and error.

Data migration of legacy ERP systems

Research before, plan after – Efficiency is important, but so is understanding the scope of your goal!

  • Should all of the data be migrated?
  • How much time/when would be best for data migration?
  • Is there a team of experts in-house who can script data migration?

Often, businesses lack the time and resources to successfully complete data migration in-house, and turn to outsourcing as a solution.

Standardizing data to migrate into a new ERP system may not always be the most efficient method. Data is analyzed prior to migration, to determine how it is stored and the best method of transportation. Businesses may find that manual data entry of data, such as employee files, would minimize risks and save costs.

Lisa McQuerrey of Chron explains that the advantages of outsourcing provide access to levels of expertise, time and cost benefits, along with reduction of liability. Outsourcing becomes the all-in-one solution, providing the work you need completed at a lower cost compared to an in-house model.

ARDEM’s Expert Solution

In a previous blog post we talk about how ‘good enough’ isn’t enough for data entry, asking ourselves what is an “acceptable” error rate for data entry.

ARDEM works with 15 years of experience and combines it with multiple validation checks to ensure the highest accuracy. Outsourcing data migration allows you to focus on core activities of your business while saving time and money.

All data received is HIPAA compliant to ensure PHI and PII is in place, coupled with highly secure protocols to ensure data security.

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