Extract from Daniel Gold’s article “Why Migrating Your Data is Like Moving To A New Home”
Migrating your e-discovery data from one vendor or platform to another requires a lot of forethought and meticulous planning. Enterprise organizations and law firms have a treasure trove of information pertaining to litigations, investigations, and regulatory compliance matters, and the thought of moving it all can be intimidating.
Staying on top of what data you have is the first step. Without a strategic and proactive data management plan in place, organizations may be paying to store unneeded data every month. The larger the volume, the harder it may be to inventory what’s “sitting there”—especially if a legacy vendor is not providing business intelligence reporting. Consequently, costs and data add up.
Making the decision to migrate an organization’s e-discovery data ends up becoming very similar to moving homes, and most readers know that can be an arduous process. There’s an entire checklist of things that absolutely must go right, including selecting the right moving company. Though it’s a formidable project, many organizations make the decision to switch vendors in pursuit of benefits like:
- A managed services environment for centralization, cost containment, and a stronger data security posture;
- Dedicated professional services that are proactive in case strategy, cost recovery, and data management—and serve as an extension of your team; and/or
- Data transparency in reporting with innovative dashboards.
These are important support systems for many modern organizations. If you’re about to embark on a move, here are three key considerations when migrating your data.