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Kansas State University

iSIS Conversion Strategy

The primary goals of data conversion:

Transfer legacy date to iSIS while preserving the integrity of the data.

  • Develop a checklist template to assess and track data conversion.
  • Convert as much data as possible early in the project to allow teams to use the data for analysis and testing.
  • Use mapping data to assist in the development of a glossary of terms and a data dictionary.
  • Optimize conversion scripts to minimize the time required for conversion.
  • Identify erroneous data. (Each functional area may choose whether or not to correct the data as appropriate, but key data will be corrected if possible.)
  • Test conversion programs before execution.
  • Convert legacy student data at least to the extent of the ability to produce an accurate and complete transcript.

The existing tools and technology currently licensed by K-State will be used to implement automated data conversion. In some cases a manual conversion may be the most cost effective and efficient conversion approach.

A comprehensive data conversion plan will be created. The plan will identify all database instances required to conduct the conversions and detail contingency plans to allow roll back in case the conversion corrupts production data. The conversion plan will identify critical go-live decision points.

Conversions into a production environment are inherently high risk. Comprehensive testing and review by functional areas will help reduce problems.