IBM makes data migration easy

Data is the backbone of every successful organization. You use it to take intelligent action and provide value to your clients and their businesses. Get more from your data when you move to the IBM family of hybrid data products.

Use Hybrid Data Management to make better decisions

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Modernize your infrastructure

Experience seamless integration between on-premise and the cloud environments. The IBM Common SQL Engine empowers hybrid architecture and portable analytics. The write-once, access-anywhere capability enables applications to run on any data store, across the entire Hybrid Data Management portfolio.

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Get more value from your business data, and lower TCO

From software to appliances to hybrid cloud, IBM can offer deployment options best suited to your needs. With leading value and low total cost of ownership (TCO), IBM can help you maximize your investments and gain better insights from your data.

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Infused with machine learning

Solve your toughest data challenges with Data Science Experience and Spark, two cutting-edge tools backed by industry-leading expertise. Create and train predictive analytics models with machine learning.

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Accelerate your journey to hybrid cloud

IBM provides leading-edge tools and native compatibility, including compatibility assessments, automated schema conversions and built-in native PL/SQL compatibility with vendors like Oracle.

The migration process

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Schema Conversion

Extract and create your source data structures in the IBM Common SQL Engine

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Data Movement

Extract and load data from your source system into your target data repository

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Application migration

Convert and move your application over to the new data repository

Gain access to easy, yet advanced tools and technologies, including automated conversion tools and native Oracle compatibility. See Oracle applications run with little or no change and get peace of mind knowing you’re working with experts that have helped over 2,000 customers make a successful move to IBM.

Once you migrate to an IBM database, the Common SQL Engine will manage, control and define the information in your database to ensure your applications run seamlessly on cloud, Hadoop and any data stores within the IBM Hybrid Data Management family.

Data migration tools


IBM Lift is a free tool that makes it easy to quickly, securely and reliably migrate your database from on-premise data centers to an IBM Cloud data property. Embedded with IBM Aspera, Lift makes over-the-wire data transfers lightning fast.

Database Conversion Workbench

The IBM Database Conversion Workbench (DCW) is a free application that offers a single interface and integration for many of the tools required for migration. With capabilities like automated code conversion and compatibility evaluation, it helps you plan and execute your migration end-to-end.

Migration Services

IBM Database Migration Services has been supporting clients making the move to IBM for more than a decade. Over 2,000 clients have successfully migrated and mitigated risk with IBM Database Migration Services.


Oracle compatibility

Provides native support for Oracle SQL dialect, PL/SQL and PL/SQL packages.

Automated schema conversion

The DCW tool provides compatibility assessments and automatic DDL conversion from Oracle to Db2.

Migrating from PDA to IIAS

Use the db_migrate command to copy databases or tables from a PureData for Analytics system to a IBM Integrated Analytics System (IIAS).

Get started with hybrid data management

View a series of interactive guided walkthroughs and demos of IBM hybrid data management solutions

Engage with an expert

Ready to migrate? Have questions? Talk to our migration experts directly to discuss your migration scenario and get answers on how best to move your data.