Consolidation is a technique with a history of proven benefits in many aspects of business and personal affairs. Large corporations as well as many individuals have taken advantage of the financial savings that can be obtained by consolidating their debt. Consolidation is a strategy that is often used to corner a market by merging multiple companies into one large entity. One of the reasons that consolidation is considered is to eliminate the inefficiencies associated with performing multiple iterations of similar activities.
Database professionals are often tasked with maximizing the efficiency of their systems. It makes sense that if two databases have similar information, they may be able to be consolidated. This can eliminate the cost and complexity of maintaining additional systems and may also result in the more effective use of the consolidated data resources.
Using a Database Tool to Facilitate Consolidation
IDERA’s ER/Studio Data Architect can prove to be a valuable tool for teams who want to consolidate some of their data assets. The application can be used throughout the process of understanding, documenting, and combining two databases into a single entity. Following is an overview of the steps data architects need to take using this tool to consolidate two databases that contain similar, though not identical, information.
The source database is the new one that may have been introduced into the environment by a merger. The target database is an existing data asset that will end up being merged with the source and store the consolidated information in a newly created database.
A Guide to Using ER/Studio Data Architect for Consolidation
An illustrative IDERA video that details the use of ER/Studio Data Architect in performing a database consolidation is available for your viewing pleasure. It guides the viewer through the steps outlined above and provides copious screenshots and hands-on demonstrations of the tool’s features. The video is just under an hour long which is time well-spent when faced with consolidating databases. The application supports a wide range of relational and NoSQL database platforms. Give it a look and test drive ER/Studio Data Architect for free to see how it can help your team be more productive and successfully consolidate data assets.
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