The Data Conversion Cycle

The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transaction and other records for system implementation teams

A new book from Practicing IT Project Manager Press, The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records for system implementation teams, tackles the subject with a generalized methodology, presented in a decidedly non-technical fashion. Author David A. Gordon distils the lessons learned from literally dozens of ERP and SaaS implementations into a book that manages to be both comprehensive and compact. The book is available now in both the Kindle and paperback format from

“When asked for the most common sources of problems for software system implementation projects, experienced system implementers and consultants always list data conversion among their top three,” says Gordon. The book expands on a series of blog posts on The Practicing IT Project Manager website. Originally written for his project manager following, Gordon extensively revised the content for a general business audience. “This book was designed to be a resource for project teams comprised of not just project managers and IT specialists, but the people working in the business areas who own and maintain the data records and will use the new systems. The goal was to provide a clear model expressed in a common language for a cross-functional team.”

The book is based on the following diagram, which shows a generalized iterative process applicable to nearly any project that will extract records from a legacy system in production for load to a target system that will replace it.

Data Conversion Cycle

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