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Migrating to the Solaris™ Operating System: The Discipline of UNIX-to-UNIX® Migrations by David Levy, Brian Down, Ken Pepple

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Establishing a Business Justification for a Migration Effort

The decision to migrate is never an easy one. There is inherent risk associated with the task, and there are several drawbacks that can make a migration effort appear to be unattractive when you first consider one, including the following:

  • The benefits of a migration project, both tangible and intangible, are only achievable and measurable after the migration of the IT infrastructure is complete.

  • The costs to the organization in terms of productivity and monetary expenditures can be significant.

  • As a result of a migration effort, there is always a chance that people could lose their jobs.

Consequently, the undertaking must be clearly justified by the business benefits it yields. These ...

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