The only constant in IT is change. There are the changes that organizations want to make and the changes they have to make. Regardless of whether the change is caused by a planned, strategic decision or an outside factor such as a merger or new government compliance requirement, most enterprise application changes will involve the migration of data. Recent consolidation in the enterprise application market, led by Oracle's aggressive acquisition path, will even further accelerate the rate at which many organizations rethink the future of their current enterprise application platform and consider a migration.

While each data migration effort is unique, there are many common features that allow a discussion of best practices to benefit those who are planning or are in the middle of a data migration effort. This article discusses proven strategies for success and identifies ways to get the most out of a data migration.

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