Chapter 12: Legacy Database Conversion

James Woods

THE MATERIAL PRESENTED IN THIS ARTICLE AIDS THE DATA CENTER MANAGER IN PLANNING THE MOVE TO A RELATIONAL DATABASE SYSTEM. Encompassing more than the traditional information (e.g., table normalization and project organization), the article examines managerial, political, and other considerations and identifies and discusses the more technical considerations.

Before any project is begun, certain questions must be answered. Why is the organization going to a relational database? What are the benefits that managers hope to gain? Now, if the list of benefits comes solely from the vendor’s representative, the organization may not get a complete and accurate representation of what is to be gained. ...

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