When investing in a new data management system, like our PDM, one of the first agenda items should be to decide what to do with your legacy data.

Some companies want to sidestep this question, thinking their best choice is to only use the new system with current projects. Others think the best way forward is to put everything into the new system. Both of these choices are based on overly simplistic assumptions about the value of data.

Leaving out all legacy data would certainly make implementation easier and faster, but that assumes the older data is of little value and ignores the time and energy it will take to retrieve the data if it later becomes needed. Similarly, pulling it all in makes the assumption that all of your legacy data is still valuable, when that may not be the case. The problem seems to be that most companies view the movement of legacy data as an all-or-nothing exercise, when in fact, our data integration platform makes migrating select legacy applications possible with minimum risk.

The flexible configuration and the extremely fast data sharing benefits of our z/OpenGate transport make it possible to retain the functionality of your legacy applications; all while keeping your data safe and secure on the mainframe, where it will still be available for use by other applications.

If an all-or-nothing approach to moving your company’s legacy data doesn’t seem to be the most efficient method for your company’s needs and you’d like to learn more about how our data integration platform can migrate only select legacy data, contact us today.