If you take nothing else from this book, take these rules to heart and use them to inform your migration activities. If you follow all the steps laid out below, to the letter, then I guarantee that you will deliver quality data to your users’ total satisfaction. But I am also aware that in the real world, in which we IT professionals live and work, there are always local cultural, commercial and practical realities that constrain our freedom to act as we would like. Almost any of the forms and steps below can be replaced by something more suited to the environment you find yourself in (I’m not saying that a substitute will work as well as the tried and tested advice I’m offering, but I acknowledge it may be expedient). ...

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