Don’t Forget the Bytes

By Deane Barker on May 30, 2012

Don’t Forget the Bytes: I’m speaking at the Content Strategy Workshops conference in Portland this coming October, run by Rahel Bailie and Scott Abel.  I’m talking about content migrations, and I posted the first blog post for the conference speaker’s blog.

Here’s something that content migration projects often seem to forget: at some point, you’ve gotta move the bytes.

Migration projects are an interesting mix of process, governance, political maneuvering, and strategy.  You have a bunch of content in System A, and you have to get it to System B.  In the process of doing this, you have to figure out what is going from A to B, deal with all the political machinations involved with dropping old content, figure out how the old content is going to work in the old system, then develop a project plan to manage the entire migration process.

Oh, and also, the actual bytes of content – the one and zeros on disk – have to move from one system to another.