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Implementing a Successful Data Migration Strategy

Nov 12, 2021

Upgrading a legacy system, mergers & acquisitions, the ending of a life cycle of an IT system, or outsourcing a business function – carriers will inevitably need to migrate data from one platform to another. Whatever the reason for migration, data must be correctly and quickly migrated into the new application.

Successfully migrating data quickly and smoothly means that the return on technology investment, and other benefits, can be realized sooner. Smooth data migration is reproducible, trackable, and of prime quality.

Challenges to Data Migration in the Insurance Industry

Data models within the old and new applications are often different in structure, syntax, and semantics. Source and target systems handle data differently, making such projects highly risky because they affect many systems. For example: within the source system, only individual documents are kept, but, interim balances at the end of the year are required from the target system. Moreover, old data may be distributed amongst many applications, and their use is rarely documented, which leads to inconsistencies or inaccuracies in data.

The data conversion usually runs parallel to implementing the new application, which implies that the available resources are often insufficient. Migration procedures need to be reusable to migrate data from other legacy systems into the new application. When many applications are to be migrated, such as business associates, collection/disbursement, commission, inventory, etc., a sequence that considers the technical dependencies must first be developed to migrate the data to create cost benefits. Expertise required to evaluate a legacy system is not always found within a business and needs external intervention.

Key Elements for Successful Data Migration
  • Data Quality is Paramount. The success of the migration depends on the quality of the data. Regular testing is carried out to ensure the quality of the data.
  • Speed is Essential. Faster data migration by making the process more efficient, flexible, and minimizing the required effort; the sooner the cost benefits can be realized.
  • Reuse is Encouraged. The framework for successful data migration can be applied to other applications, reducing the project’s cost.
  • Testing is Critical. Data testing and dry runs are critical to the viability of the particular production data. These testing routines must be run numerous times and on an everyday basis to spot exceptions, confirm data relationships and detect early warning of any data quality issues.
  • Automated Tools – Leveraging tools that help automate the process brings a significant advantage to insurers by reducing their conversion time frames.

At KMG, we use established migration processes, sound technical advice, and end-to-end data migration solutions that will put your organization on the road to unlocking the hidden value in your enterprise legacy systems.

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