Imagine you’re the CIO. Imagine that behind the scenes of your company are hundreds of Microsoft Access databases. Databases that are easily corruptible and can break at any minute. You’re not even sure how many you have, or exactly how much you rely on them. You’d be sweating.

This situation is ridiculously common. If you’re an IT service provider, or a CIO yourself, I’m sure you’ve seen this more than a few times. Maybe you’re even in this position now, looking for a way to fix the situation before any number of things goes wrong.

The good news is, there are much better alternatives. Much better. Amazon RDS provides a consolidated, enterprise grade database platform that overshadows most other options. It’s fed and watered, which means less time spent on tedious maintenance, and it’s cloud based. We probably talk enough here about the benefits of the cloud, but it’s worth repeating. Scalability, cost effectiveness, safety from system crashes, accessible from anywhere, you know the deal.

If you are a CIO then you’re probably aware of the benefits of Amazon RDS over your current setup, most are. So why then are there still so many organisations out there operating on such an outdated, costly system? The answer is a matter of cost. The move is just too expensive for most of us to contemplate, especially with hundreds or thousands of databases.

A KPMG survey of senior executives who moved to cloud services found 33 percent said implementation costs were higher than they expected, and 31 percent found integrating cloud services with existing architecture was more difficult than anticipated.

“These challenges were ranked higher than security risks at 26 per cent, intellectual property theft at 21 per cent and legal/compliance at 18 per cent.”

The conventional options for integrating Access databases are less than ideal, your choices are:

  1. A standard lift and shift, where you move all the databases as is to the cloud. They maintain the same structure and (lack of) functionality as before, but hey, at least they’re in the cloud.
  2. Individually integrating each Access Database, this gives you the full benefits of working on RDS in the long run, but the process is ridiculously time consuming fraught with complications.

This is where our new functionality comes in.

Conductor is faster, easier, automated, finds and moves all of your databases together and now integrates with both Access Databases and Amazon RDS. It’s basically data rationalisation handed to you on a platter, a platter that you barely ever have to touch.

Another step closer to the holy grail of having ‘one source of the truth.’ Information consolidated across your whole organisation.

If you want to know more get in touch. Or if you’re more hands on try it yourself.


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