Data Migration Vs. Data Integration

data integration vs data migration

It’s the Ultimate Matchup—But Which Comes out on Top?

In the booming world of Big Data, migration and integration are terms that get tossed around all day, and for good reason. As the sheer volume of data at our disposal continues to balloon, the efficient migration, organization and delivery of key assets has become more vital than ever. The truth is there’s really no underestimating the value that data migration and data integration bring to an enterprise organization looking to win big.

Although they sound similar and involve some of the same components, data migration and data integration differ in many ways. They use different sets of tools and provide solutions to a whole host of challenges. Let’s break down each to figure out which essential process—data migration or data integration—reigns supreme. And, more importantly, which will help your organization bring home the gold.

Data Migration

If your organization has its eye on any new system implementation, upgrade or consolidation, data migration will be a primary consideration. The process of selecting, preparing, extracting and transforming data and permanently transferring it from one computer storage system to another, data migration also typically involves the validation of migrated data for completeness as well as the decommissioning of legacy data storage. The most successful data migrations are as automated as possible, freeing up human resources from tedious tasks and reducing the possibility of human error. Reasons your organization might require data migration could include server or storage equipment replacements, application migration, data center relocation and more.

Data Integration

Data integration has become increasingly prevalent as the volume of data and the need to share it explodes. As its name implies, this process involves combining data from different sources (for instance, from two similar companies) and providing users with a unified view of it that offers valuable business insights. Data integration encourages collaboration between both internal and external users and is usually executed in a data warehouse using specialized integration software. A common reason your organization might require data integration is for data mining when analyzing and extracting information from existing databases.

The Bottom Line

Whether data migration sounds like the answer to your organization’s needs or you’re getting fired up over the infinite applications of data integration, Avicado is primed to coach you through the process and set you up for long term success. We provide custom development services, connect our clients’ data to data warehouses and seamlessly integrate with multiple systems so that no matter what route you take with your data, your organization comes out victorious.