EMC Documentum Data Migration

Large data repository migrations are generally not carried out frequently in organizations because of potential risks and lack of in-house expertise.  Flawed planning may even lead to major operational disruptions and consequently loss of revenues for the organization.  We offer extensive experience in developing data migration strategies and planning for each client’s unique situation, establishing data migration processes and deploying high-performance software tools to handle large Documentum data repository migrations. 

Whether your data resides in one docbase, multiple docbases, on other legacy and incompatible systems, or data repositories, we can move your mission-critical data to your desired destination of the Documentum docbase. With hundreds of hours of Documentum data migration experience, we can handle large content repositories containing millions of objects, documents and their renditions.

Data migration is challenging due to complexities associated with business goals, technical caveats of each client's environment and the ever-present risk of losing mission-critical data. For these reasons, we have developed a unique process whereby we work with the customer to identify business goals, risks, technical issues and time constraints.

Following is the elaboration of each step: 

Scope & Business Goals

We involve our clients throughout the entire process to better understand the reasons for undergoing data migration – which could ultimately lead to introduction of a new Documentum based system, upgrade, changing the operating system or the hardware platform altogether.  We also identify risks that may arise by failure to migrate data in a timely manner. 

Analysis

We perform an in-depth analysis of the source of the data repository, format, contained objects and their attributes, values, any transformation required during the data migration based on business rules, attribute mapping, including aggregation or separate of values, values validation and flagging, analysis of distance between source and destination repositories or proximity, bandwidth and statistics to be collected for reporting.  We also provide an estimated date of completion, which may be very important for clients under time constraints. 

Approach

We develop a unique strategy for every client, because we believe that every data migration process is inherently different.  The approach is primarily dependent on the business goals set forth by the client.  Approach also includes technical aspects such as full data migration without data discrimination such as “all objects created prior to 1/1/2003” or partial data migration including folders or cabinets identified by IDs.  The approach is also affected significantly by the risks involved.  Approach also defines the operational process required to accomplish data migration and involves identifying resources needed during the process. 

Implementation

We have developed high-performance software tools for data migration that can be customized for each client based on the business rules and other needs. Along with the process, resources and tools, we migrate the data in a timely manner. Software tools are developed in java programming language and can run on Windows or Unix platforms.

Validation & Signoff

Once the data is migrated, it is validated against strict business rules for any anomalies. If no irregularities are discovered, the data migration is signed-off by the customer.