data migration

ERP Data Migration Made Easy
Since 2007 MDX has been used by companies across multiple industries to successfully migrate data from more than 2,000 legacy applications to modern ERP applications.
 

 

Data Migration Software as a Service

Overview

The Gaine MDX Data Migration platform will reduce the risk of ERP data migration failure, improve data quality and reduce the costs associated with preparing data for new ERP applications.

Data migration is often under-estimated in the planning stages of ERP. By the time the complexities of transforming legacy data for the new ERP application start to impact the project, it is often too late to make the necessary adjustments to the data migration approach.

MDX Data Migration Software as a Service provides everything required for ERP data migration without the upfront investment in time, money and expertise required to design and build a migration capability. In many ways, the purpose-built MDX platform drives best practices in data migration from capturing and managing the specification to post go-live audit reports.

"Our data migration had stalled as we struggled to engage the business in validating the results of our initial data conversion programs. Introducing MDX enabled us to close the gap between our programmers and our business users. We were able to link the requirements to the data results in a way that enabled our business to collaborate with the technical team and achieve a perfect go-live.”

 
-Russell 2000 Auto Parts Supplier
 

The key to MDX is the integration of multiple tools and components with a proven methodology.

 

Key Features

Proven Methodology

  • Drives collaboration between business stakeholders and the technical team.
  • Aligns the technical specification for data conversion with the functional specification for the ERP through data analysis and profiling.

Specification Repository

  • Provides an online repository to store and manage the specification as it evolves throughout the project.
  • Enables the impact of any change to the specification to be analyzed and reported across the entire ERP data migration project.

Extensible Staging Database

  • Stores the business data along with all the necessary history, lineage and other process information necessary for a complete, trusted audit trail.
  • Predefined data model for common ERP data objects.

Data Conversion Tools and Accelerators

  • Library of thousands of data transformation rules for cleansing and standardizing legacy data.
  • Extensive set of matching rules to identify common data objects between disparate systems.
  • Report templates to build business friendly data validation reports.

Role Based Workflows

  • SharePoint workflows enable data questions and validations to be routed to SME's based on role.
  • SharePoint workflows present a familiar desktop experience to business users reducing the need for any tool specific training.

Ongoing Data Governance

  • The MDX data migration platform can function post go-live as a MDM Hub to maintain ongoing data quality standards.
  • Harmonizes changes to master data between the new ERP and remaining legacy systems.

 

Comparison with ETL Tools

A comparison of the MDX platform with traditional ETL tools is inevitable. However, it’s not a like-for-like comparison.

  • ETL tools provide technical components to implement the mechanics of data transformation. MDX provides controls as to what has been transformed and why.
  • ETL tools provide the ability to physically collect and move data between systems. MDX provides a staging database to store and manage the information throughout the course of the migration project.
  • ETL tools store the meta data to describe the structure of source and target systems. MDX stores the business specification and how this is used to validate the data results against the requirements.
  • ETL tools are best suited to coding to a fixed specification for the target system. MDX allows you to build up the data transformation as the specifications evolve and the legacy data issues are uncovered.

 

 

Why MDX for Data Migration?

MDX will mitigate risk of data migration failure. An MDX Data Migration links business data to the business requirements at all times. All stakeholders have total visibiilty into the business data and how it fulfills the ERP configuration throughout the project. MDX removes the possibility of nasty suprises in the late stages of the project by providing change management tools that allow decisions relating to the data specification to be qualified and quantified at all times.

"The Gaine MDX Data Migration platform provides organizations with a cost effective Microsoft-based option that can reduce the high costs and risk associated with enterprise migration projects."

 -Herain Oberoi, Microsoft Server and Tools Division

Improved visibility throughout the project leads to better decisions around the data required for the new ERP.
 
Project progress is managed in a more quantatative manner as data results are tightly linked to the completeness of the specification.
Workflows and reporting improves collaboration between stakeholders which reduces the time required from all participants.
 
Reduced cost with more efficient teams, fewer tools specialists, improved decision making and no overruns.
Greater trust from all stakeholders reduces resistance to change and lowers overall project stress.
   
 

 

“The Gaine MDX platform provides organizations with a cost effective Microsoft-based option that can reduce the high costs and risk associated with enterprise MDM projects from companies such as IBM, Oracle and Informatica.”
- Herain Oberoi, Microsoft Server and Tools Division, Microsoft

Whitepaper: Data Migration for Legacy System Requirements