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Understanding Data Conversion

Conversion of data from an existing system is one of the most challenging and critical tasks that you accomplish while installing the Campus Solutions system. The conversion task takes preparation and planning, a programming effort, and robust testing.

Because of many factors—amount of data to convert, business practices, institutional schedule—much of the decisions as to when, how much, and even the method of converting historical data is ultimately up to you. The more you convert the better the new system becomes, but the more challenging the conversion task is. This section contains some best practice recommendations for converting data into Campus Solutions; however, the information presented here is not exhaustive.

Consider these tasks:

There are as many ways to plan a conversion as there are universities. So it is a unique process based upon the legacy system, your needs, and how you do business. It is suggested that you: