Interviewing potential users of the new database. Collecting suggestions and requests. Normalization. ER diagrams. DDLs. Connect to web and mobile applications. Upper management suggests additional changes and new ideas.
The company is paying for a big set of licenses, but ... your database is built on another platform. Make the switch while your reports get up to speed on the new systems.
Backup scripts generate new files every night. No screeching hard drives so far. Air conditioning in server room works. Now is the time to test backups and recovery before you have to fly blind.