60 minute session | IT

Everything you wanted to know about data migration

Based on hundreds of migrations from all kinds of commonly used nonprofit software systems, data expert Emily Smartt will overview the process of migrating data from one system to another. Starting with some analyses of the data completeness, consistency and correctness all the way through to testing the accuracy of the migration, we divide the process into its constituent components. We will cover the typical kinds of issues and obstacles likely to be encountered along the way, and discuss what kind of technology tools, from custom scripts to clones of databases, are appropriate at each step in the process.

First learning outcome

Understand the pre-migration activities required to move data from one system to another

Second learning outcome

Understand the core processes involved in migrating data, along with common problems and solutions

Third learning outcome

Understand the different technologies available and when they are appropriate given each scenario


Emily Smartt
Emily Smartt

Senior Data Migration Consultant


With over 20 years of experience working as a database programmer and administrator, Emily is passionate about data hygiene and analytics. She has experience in several industries, including healthcare, radiation detection, non-profit consulting, and higher education. Before coming to Fíonta, Emily worked for the University of North Carolina Systems, where she supported the minority-serving institution’s advancement offices with their database and technical needs. Emily grew up in East Tennessee and has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She currently lives with her husband and son in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. She enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing, knitting, and quilting when the weather dictates inside activities.
Karen Zadravec
Karen Zadravec

Associate Director, Digital Fundraising and Data Management

National Partnership for Women & Families

Karen Pesapane Zadravec is the associate director for digital fundraising and data management at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she manages the online fundraising program and oversees database operations to support all aspects of the fundraising cycle. Karen has more than 20 years of progressive fundraising experience and enjoys learning something new every day.

Session format

60-minute session

Session location

In Denver

Date and time

April 13, 2023

1:45 pm-2:45 pm MT

Who should attend?

IT folks tasked w/data migration; others overseeing a vendor's data migration for the organization
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