Has the time come to change your business’ software or execute an upgrade you’ve been putting off? Often, these changes are necessary and inevitable but bring about concerns when it comes to migrating data. For oil and gas operators — whose data consists broadly of well activity, geospatial data, customers, and transactions — moving this data without error is a daunting task and one that teams need to accomplish seamlessly.
Data migration obstacles
The top concern in any data migration situation is loss. Losing historical well data or records of transaction can have profoundly negative ramifications. Backups are an easy solution, but you need to make sure they’re executed properly and accessible within whatever system you’re migrating to.
Compatibility and data mapping also come into play between platforms. Often, data migrations aren’t a 1:1 fit and require data remapping to correct fields and segments. Thoroughly understanding your old platform versus your new one helps facilitate a more seamless data port-over. Regardless of familiarity, confirm migration accuracy through test batches of data.
Handling bulk raw data appropriately should be paramount in every operator’s mind. This can include everything from securely viewing and sending data files to saving versions and iterations of changes. In the event you scrub any raw data — such as immaterial variables — proper recordkeeping is essential.
Consider the process
Data migration doesn’t happen in a day. It’s often a slow and arduous process, requiring an incremental approach. This isn’t a bad thing — many times, incremental steps prevent problems and allow operators to double-check their work. Some steps to consider include:
- Create a migration and implementation timetable with key benchmarks to help facilitate the migration process.
- Evaluate your existing platform’s features against your new software’s features and capabilities, identifying comparisons or areas requiring workarounds.
- Map the migration process as thoroughly as possible, identifying areas of strategic importance or steps dependent on precursors.
- Export and review different types of data individually, such as products, transactions, customers, and other essential items.
- Test imports in small batches — troubleshooting as needed — to verify the efficacy of your migration process and approach.
- Execute bulk imports and examine their efficacy in your new system, including testing all features and verifying the accuracy and legitimacy of data.
This is only a high-level overview of a basic migration plan. Diligent operators will need to create a robust plan tailored to their specific environment that details every step of the process, thoroughly reviewing fail-safe measures and operating duties with members of their migration team.
Be thorough, be careful
A well-managed data migration to a more robust platform can breathe new life into your business operations. Just as easily, data migration gone wrong can set your business back weeks or months — and can result in outrageous costs to fix the problem.
The key to coming up on the right side of a data migration is thoroughness. Never guess; always verify during a migration. Backups are always essential. Every step is equally as important when you consider the bigger picture. Keep these tips in mind when handling your data, and you’ll protect yourself against some of the simplest migration mistakes.
Don’t fear the plethora of data your platform has accumulated. With the right approach to migration and a little help from the Value Global team, it’s easy to get your systems up and running again on a better, safer, more modern platform — without having to deal with data loss or error. Contact us today to get started.