by Craig S. Mullins
What will you do when you find out you're about to acquire or consolidate with another firm or division? Are you aware of the risks you may be inheriting? What data is going to demand the highest availability? What IT regulations will you have to address and how do you know if existing controls already address them?
Here are 10 "data health" checks you can conduct to answer help these questions before giving a green light to an M&A or consolidation.
Step 1: Assess your data -
Step 2: Plug the governance gaps -
Step 3: Leverage the M&A for governance improvements -
Step 4: Plan for increased workload and capacity. -
Step 5: Evaluate backup and recovery plans -
A systematic method of reviewing recovery health, include examination of backups, evaluation of IT hardware and software specification, and matching objectives to reality is helpful. The process of assuring recoverability is exacerbated due to the hectic nature of a merger or acquisition, and recoverability will certainly be impacted if it is ignored.
Step 6: Determine your new exposure to IT regulations -
Step 7: Implement a database auditing solution -
Step 8: Plan personnel to cover combined systems -
Step 9: Identify and eliminate the redundant -
Step 10: Intelligently automate your data management solutions -
The Bottom Line
Getting a handle on all of the data in your post-
From Database Trends and Applications, April 2011.
© 2012 Craig S. Mullins,