Data migrations are a common activity in large and medium enterprises that are going through a Merger, an acquisition, an implementation, a modernization effort, a retirement of a legacy system, an ERP upgrade or a move to the Cloud. Whatever your business reasons to go through it, using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for data migrations is a logical approach. This can be easily understood, if you consider the nature of the data migration process itself.
In previous entries we have shared the ideal characteristics a process would need to have in order to be a good candidate for RPA but to sum it up, activities that are highly structured and rules-based, are what robots do best.
These two main characteristics align perfectly with the fundamental data migration methodology ETL (Extract, Transform, Load). Uipath, deepens into this by describing why each step of the methodology fits the profile:
- Extract Design: well-defined requirements for the manner in which data will be extracted, held, and verified.
- Transform: solution design rules guide data transformation for the targeted to-be data structure.
- Load: clearly defined steps dictate how extracted and transformed data is mapped into the target structure.
- Test and Recovery: specific unit and integration test plans, along with exit criteria, reporting, roll-back, and recovery procedures for every migration stage.
Additionally, since data migration often involves legacy systems that lack API access, RPA’s user interface (UI)-level integration makes it a low-risk choice, by avoiding impacting underlying systems and databases,
BENEFITS OF USING RPA FOR DATA MIGRATIONS
By implementing RPA technology in a data migration processes comes with the following results:
- Increase data migration speed. Multiple robots could be deployed to be migrating and validating continuously
- Lower the cost of migration. Due to its simplicity RPA can lower the cost of data migration as it doesn’t require coding or a specific UI.
- Reduce error. By automating many of the intensive validation steps, RPA reduces human intervention and consequently human error.
- Integrate data from multiple systems. RPA can help to bring legacy data in line with RPA and data migration.
- Adding flexibility and scalability. Robots can handle multiple data formats, and create log files as required in a particular situation.
- Delivering Trackability. RPA has the capacity to track the migration process, identify data inconsistencies or low quality data and faulty datasets, and rectify the errors in real time.
Regardless of the triggers for your data migration, RPA can be a great ally to help the process by more accurate, fast and simple.
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