Chapter 5: Knowing How to Implement Your Solution|
Conversions are most successful if plans have been made for automating the conversion, testing translators more than once, and operating old and new systems for awhile until the changeover is completed.
How Do You Convert from Old Information Systems?
Conversion is the task of moving information from an existing computer system (or from paper files) to a new software application, such as a student information system. Conversions can open the doors to welcome changes - out with the old, in with the new! But the process of making that transition must be gradual in order to maintain the integrity of the old and build from it. In the case of technology, a conversion of data systems is an opportunity to dispose of unneeded files and records (as long as laws related to maintenance of records are followed) and to establish new and streamlined, efficient systems. Beware, however, that there may be some staff members who are reluctant to abandon the old, reliable, comfortable system for the new one.
Conversion planning requires a detailed effort. In addition to converting data, conversion plans necessitate mapping old to new logic files, detailing needed manual data and sources, and defining conversion (old to new).
Knowing the Process for Conversion
Avoiding Problems in a Conversion
The following planning errors could bring about a major setback: