Migration – Not a Costly Need but a Proven Pattern

Oct 24, 2018 | by Jürgen Wagner

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Do you know the Monarch butterfly … the „nomad of the wind“?

That species is famous for a migration of approximately 6.000 miles, starting from wintering grounds in Mexico, flying north to Canada and returning. While the forward run is done by several generations, the whole 3.000 mile return is accomplished by single individuums.

Regarding evolution, there must be some advantage performing that costly migration … research is trying to explain that behaviour and has figured out these aspects:

While warm spring temperatures are spreading north, the Monarch is following. An early and quite exclusive access to the caterpillar’s feeding plant is assumed to be a major reason for that. Regarding IT language I would like to translate that to „go to best environment“.

Furthermore, it has been reported that Monarch butterflies being infested by certain parasites were not able to make those huge distances. As the result they will be removed from the population … like an IT “data consolidation“.

I think that is a nice example from evolution that migration is not only a costly need but a proven successful pattern to gain substantial advantages from it!

Well … this is an IT company blog entry and you are probably an IT manager or specialist, so have a look at our product „migration-center“ here. The aspects being discussed above for the Monarch’s migration also apply for your valuable data:

• Move to better platforms/environments (modern architecture, better product).
• Get features for consolidation purposes (detect inconsistencies, resolve problems).

Beyond those latest research facts on animal migration, there might be more ideas appearing in the technical world, too.

Do you know the movie “Fly Away Home” with Amy teaching her wild geese to fly southwards following migratory routes? In Germany there has been a similar real world project with the funny looking “Waldrapp” bird. Extinct in the wild those birds have been rebred from zoo copies to be released into the wild again. But for a long time no migration had happened. So the knowledge to migrate southwards from Bavaria passing the Alps to Italy for wintering was lost. Today, human coaches have to teach the Waldrapp birds that migration behavior again by flying along with small ultra-lightweight aircrafts.

From your technical viewpoint that might mean: performing migration on a regular base will ensure that you stay familiar with your data and more important … with the knowledge stored within your business data!

I think there is a well-known example for lost technical knowledge: flying to the moon.

Although there has been huge progress in all divisions (material, computer, power/energy, planning, cost efficiency) today we are not able to fly to the moon. The solutions and the knowledge from the 1960s have not been migrated to newer platforms. That knowledge has to be gathered again in a costly way.

Don’t let that happen to your business! Better migrate your data and help your staff to stay familiar with the related knowledge than burrowing it in outdated data swamps.

By the way … the „Painted Lady“ butterfly (shown above) is doing migration even better than the Monarch. This species is migrating 8.000 miles from West-Africa through Europe north to the British island and back. As you see … that migration pattern is also used by Europeans … as fme AG company with migration-center.