Data conversion is the conversion of one data format into another. It is a technical process mostly done by software, although rarely hardware or human intervention is used. The sole purpose of the data conversion is to enable interoperability and to maintain all of the data with embedding as much as information as possible. Data conversion can be simple or complex based on the environment and data formats involved. Data is handled by the operating system and different applications in different manners, so in order to use the same data for other operating systems or applications, data must be converted.
Correct data conversion should ensure the following:
Data is converted into an appropriate format that fits the destination database
Data is transferred correctly
Data works in the new destination database
Data retains its quality
Data consistency is maintained at all times across all systems using that particular data
Strategies of Successful Data Conversion:
The complexity of data conversion requires that certain strategies be put in place. Here are some essential strategies that you must apply in order to ensure the success of your data conversion projects.
Ensure Business Engagement
Implement Data Standards
Data Profiling and Cleansing
Data Management and Data Governance