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Consultancy: Implementation and Migration Support

We are experienced in both the implementation of new applications and migration of existing applications.

Migration is the transfer of your database application from a legacy or other database system to DB2.

There are many reasons why you may wish to migrate your database application to a current database system:

  • You wish to adopt DB2 because your existing database is unsitisfactory (eg for reasons of cost, scalability performance or vendor support)
  • legacy database application running on expensive obsolete database/hardware with very little documentation and where few of your staff know how it works
  • you are consolidating database platforms
  • you have outgrown a "desktop" platform and need an enterprise solution
  • after a company merger you need to merge and rationalise database systems

These scenarios present special problems. There is often huge reliance on a tried and trusted application, but documentation and local expertise may be lacking. A business-critical application presents special challenges at the time of transition.

EIT has a reassuring track record in migrations; we have played key roles in data migrations in small and large companies, including the merger of pharmaceutical giants.

Our migration expertise includes most common databases including Oracle, Ingres, Rdb, MySQL, SQLServer, Access, PostgresPlus, Mimer, Rapport, and In-housesystems

Services we supply include the following:

Project Management

Having agreed to outcomes, we develop a project plan in conjunction with your staff to ensure that both parties have a good understanding of roles, tasks, timescales and responsibilities. We include contingency planning and risk assessment and mitigation in the process

Migration to DB2

We offer a choice of packages, from assistance to taking full responsibiloity, to migrate your application to DB2.

Business requirements analysis

Our business consultants focus on your business objectives - not just the technology. This important first step ensures that subsequent decisions are based on a solid understanding of commercial benefits

Retrospective documentation

If you are replacing an undocumented legacy system we can assist with developing a functional specification as the starting point for the replacement system

Hardware architecture design and sizing

Our technical consultants can discuss different strategies with you, including the use of our servers (www.eit-hosting.co.uk) or cloud services

Database licensing, training and support

We offer suitable database platforms and discuss licensing models in conjunction with the choice of hardware. It is often possible to reduce licensing costs by careful choice of hardware and architecture

Data cleansing

Our database experts have considerable experience of data cleansing using our own toolset

ETL processing

Using either our own toolset or other tools (eg Datastage) we transfer your data onto the new platform

Full system documentation

We fully document your new system ready for handover to your staff

Secure transition

We develop a transition plan in conjunction with your staff to transition from the legacy to the new system with minimal disruption to users

Handover and training

We transfer operation responsibilities to your staff, with an accompanying support plan from EIT if required

Ongoing support

The agreed support plan is applied, to include 1st or 2nd line support, contingency planning, scheduled healthchecks and upgrades as required.