8 reasons why migration-center has the best toolkit for your content migration project

Colleague | Vasile Gavrila

Vasile Gavrila
Managing Consultant @ fme SRL

March 6, 2019

100% out-of-the-box content migration platform

migration-center has been on the market since 2005 and has been certified by leading ECM platform vendors proving its quality in thousands of migration projects around the world, even in highly regulated environments. It is a fully documented product, easy to deploy and requires no additional programming or scripting effort for migrating your content from between the supported ECM platforms.

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migration-center comes with a predefined migration approach that allows the analyst to follow the same six migration phases in each project. This approach is based on best practice principles developed in over thousands of migration projects and helps users to reduce the learning curve. All the configurations and tasks monitoring can be done through the provided UI. The configurations can also be reused in other migration projects as well.

Through its enormous flexibility, migration-center covers a variety of applications and migration scenarios. Whether you would like to migrate to the cloud, consolidate your ECM landscape or simply archive records to an enterprise archive, migration-center is the best fit for many different migration plans.

No downtime! It works without interrupting customers business operations

Migrating millions of documents from a platform to another usually takes weeks or even months depending on how complex the data to be migrated is. During this time the users should continue to add or change content in the repository so in most of the cases downtime is not accepted. The secret weapon of migration-center is the ability to carry out successive delta migrations of your source systems. This permits migration activities in the initial project phase on live data without effecting your daily business operations.

Users continue to work as usual on documents on their source systems, even while in the background migration activities are taking place. In the first delta migration strategy phase migration-center will automatically pick up any changes to your source repositories and integrate them into the migration process. The second delta migration phase is in most projects planned for a weekend, so that the system downtime of only two days affects as little users as possible.

High performance to manage large data volumes

The amount of data the users produce every day is getting bigger and bigger and therefore having repositories with 100+ millions of documents is now a very common scenario. In this context when dealing with data migration, the performance is one of the major key factors for a successful migration project. For such big migration projects migration-center offers a flexible deployment model that allows you to scale the performance over multiple physical or virtual machines on your network. Over more than 10 years, the performance and deployment model of migration-center was optimized based on the experience gained on more than 500 migration projects.

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Deployment Model

220+ migration paths for multiple platforms

In the enterprise world it’s common to handle the content over multiple content management platforms that are provided by different vendors. Migrating and consolidating data from one repository to another as well as replacing legacy systems or archiving legacy content is part of the daily business. migration-centers meets these challenges by providing more than 140 cross-platform migration paths. Why would you be using multiple migration tools dedicated for each platform, since you can use a single tool for all those migration activities?

Metadata transformation, reclassification & auto classification

migration-center comes with a powerful transformation engine the allows object attributes (metadata) to be transformed by using a predefined but extendable set of functions. For extracting the values of an attribute that needs to be set in the target system, an unlimited number of functions can be combined to obtain the desired result. The output of one can be used as the input to another, allowing highly complex transformation rules. Individual rules for every data set can thus be defined, specifying metadata extraction and transformation as required by the target system, the assignment of folder location, document links and access permissions, relations, and many more.

In addition to the transformation engine migration-center provides the Auto Classification Module allowing users to predict unknown attribute values. The AI algorithm detects patterns based on the unstructured content of a document and refers them to possible attribute values. These values can then be used as new attribute values for the ECM system. To adapt to a unique use case, existing classified documents can be employed to train a precise algorithm.

Ready for sensitive environments

migration-center has been validated and approved by many companies in regulated environments, e.g. international pharmaceutical players. To fulfill the challenging demands of these customers, migration-center has proven the following quality features:

  • Robust logging
  • Validation of the data before import
  • Content integrity check (hash finger print to secure data immutability during the migration process)
  • Error detection
  • Error logging
  • Complete auditability of the migration process

All these features allow to validate the documentation of the whole migration project more effectively and efficiently.

Open connectivity architecture

What’s happening when you need to migrate content from a legacy or custom system to a new platform but you don’t find any tool on the market that allows you to extract the data from such a system? The open architecture of migration-center meets that requirement by allowing the connection of virtually any source to any target system by using the provided framework & API. With this approach you can develop your custom connector for extracting the data from the legacy system and plug it to the migration-center core to use one of the out-of -the-box connectors to import the data into the target system.

Real-time simulation & test

For each individual set, migration-center allows the dynamic simulation and testing of all transformation rules before committing content to the repository import, including validation against the target model, automated or manual error handling, on-/offline simulation and rollback. Full logging and auditing capabilities are standard.