Content Analysis & Migration

A key focus behind most data & content migrations is enabling your organisation to get greater value from your information while maximising its role in driving better business outcomes.

Our migration expertise is across many industry sectors and vendor products, with a focus on not only the technical requirements of a migration but also driving business outcomes. Astral is able to help your organisation by conducting an assessment of the current state, determining a migration strategy and approach with the new target state in mind, and executing the migration.

Providing consolidation from multiple repositories and products

The complex nature of large-scale content migrations requires proper planning and execution. Based on practical experience across the team, Astral will provide your business with the necessary experience and skills to deliver a successful large scale content migration.

Large scale content migrations present unique challenges. These include consideration for the type of data being migrated, the amount of data, possible transfer methods for the data – off-line, on-line or a combination of both – and finally the timeline expectations. Timeframe considerations can differ greatly depending on the requirement of the business to have access to key business data in a timely manner.

MaaS brings a low-stress, full-service approach to migrations

Your migration challenges, both from a business and technical perspective, will be resolved when you engage our experts to handle your migration from start to finish, allowing you to focus on your primary business activities. Regardless of what solution or information you want to migrate, Astral’s MaaS will contribute to making your transformation initiative a success.

MaaS offered by Astral can be tailored to your business needs and has the ability to scale to meet the capacity and performance requirements of the workload. More importantly, this allows your business to be flexible and have access to a migration service at your fingertips.

MaaS can provide a variety of endpoints into which customers/consumers can interface. These are usually API driven however can commonly be controlled via a web console in a user’s web browser.

Any successful migration requires a sound Migration Strategy, covering both business and technical perspectives

Any successful migration requires a sound Migration Strategy, covering both business and technical perspectives.

Any successful migration starts with the analysis of your source data and alignment with your desired business outcomes. Astral will assist your organisation to maximise the value of the migrated data by laying a foundation for the success of your migration through comprehensive analysis.

A Migration Strategy will encompass not only the results of the analysis but also provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the steps required to achieve the expected business outcomes of the migration. This includes not only the technical aspects of migration (ETL – Extraction, Transform, Load) but also includes business drivers such as change management to drive user enablement of your new solution.

Working with leading industry tools to unlock the value of your information

Electronic information is subject to distinctive properties due to its intangible form: volume, transience and persistence. Taking into consideration the metadata, (for example: date information, audit information, etc.) not only the content of your information can be used as evidence. eDiscovery should therefore be a focus of any organisation to deliver efficiency across the business.

With extensive experience in delivering Information Governance to large and small organisations across many industry sectors, Astral can provide your organisation with the relevant tools to bring together the vital information you need.  As part of an Information Governance program, eDiscovery is an iterative mechanism for substantially reducing cost and managing risk associated with the volume and nature of information, whilst also ensuring the business operates effectively.

Provide your migration team with the right tools and support
  • Astral offers a broad set of expertise based on years of experience with the execution of migrations.
  • Not many migration situations are alike, a standard approach that suits many different situations is therefore required offering the flexibility to suit the business needs.
  • Execution of migrations can be performed in many different ways, Astral has access to a broad set of tools to support your organisation to execute the migration. This includes training up your personnel to execute migrations yourself whilst using a professional migration tool.

“Since 2014 Astral have been our trusted information management partner. Astral have delivered significant business value across numerous information management solutions. As part of our recent digital transformation program they architected and implemented our information management solution and migrated millions of records into our enterprise library. The solution deployed by Astral included the governance required to provide the required access to information across the business to empower and enable our staff to access the right information in the context of the business processes being completed.”

Senior Manager – Leading Australian Energy Company

Migration – Leading Australian Energy Company

Across Astral’s customer base the key drivers of Application Rationalisation projects are mergers, takeovers or the centralisation of business units that often have a major impact on the application landscape of the organisations involved. From a content management perspective this can also be driven by the complexity of multiple applications, high cost of maintaining multiple licenses and maintaining support of software and hardware platforms.

Business Challenges

Application rationalisation are often large programs that are driven by application portfolio management, with the emphasis on ensuring that the business retains the right functionality and possibilities. The correct approach and use of software make these large programs more manageable and controllable.

The complexity of rationalising is in determining the size of the project. In addition to an inventory from users and processes, it is essential to analyse the data and content of the applications. Using a standard migration approach and standard extraction connectors across all target repositories ensures that data and content can be quickly transferred to a central environment. It is then possible to quickly gain insight into the quantity, and quality of the data from the various applications so that a well researched migration plan can be planned.

Business Solution

Once all the content and data are identified, it is then important to transfer the selected data and content to the chosen content management application. This is executed following a standard migration approach, with agreed business rules determining which data is or is not included as part of the migration. Through transformation, the data is made suitable for the new data model and value can be added through enrichment techniques.

Business Benefits

In addition to efficiency in the use of the applications other benefits include:

  • Reduced risk of data breaches.
  • Reduction in the cost of licenses.
  • Reduction in cost of management support and hardware.

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