Almost all our new business partners had existing systems, and we get that it feels like a big risk to move to a new system and migrate your data. After all, data is one of your organisation’s most valuable assets. Also, there are serious consequences for breaching data protection laws, particularly when it comes to transferring personal data like that held by sports clubs, gyms and leisure centres.
Don’t just wing it
Before computers took over our worlds, “migration” was mostly associated with birds, and it’s easy to see why the word is utilised for movement of data. It’s something that happens with regularity, it’s a form of adaptation, like businesses - birds do it to survive and they don’t just wing it – they carefully plan their route. As do we.
Map out the route
Your personal account manager will conduct a full data audit of all existing information you hold. This often encompasses several disparate software systems and sometimes data from manual records too. Then working with our software developers, we ensure that First Sports has interpreted the practical use of your data succinctly and matched it to the correct fields within the new First Sports software. A test migration is then scheduled, and practical checks are made, in conjunction with your staff to ensure all information is imported, and interrogatable as expected. Occasionally, adjustments need to be made and data may need updating – we know we don’t live in a perfect world!
One great example is the Sentinel Leisure Trust case study https://www.first-sports.com/slt-group The original data audit led to a rationalisation of member categories which reduced complexity and saved money. It also identified that remedial action needed to be taken to correctly link swimming lesson child data to a responsible adult, for administrative and security purposes.
Take flight with First Sports
First Sports has over 20 years of experience in migrating and managing customers data, so we’re very well-experienced when it comes to data migration for all types of sports and leisure organisations. Don’t let fear of change delay your progression. Trust First Sports, migrate with confidence, and get moving to a better, more powerful, single platform software provider.
Find out how by organising a demo, at our nest, at yours.