ArchiveLink Migration Toolkit

Change is ubiquitous. A change in corporate IT infrastructure strategy, M&A activity, lack of functionality in your existing solution, or unacceptable service levels are just a few of the reasons that may force you to replace your existing ArchiveLink storage system. How to migrate the archived data and documents from the existing solution should always be taken into consideration when a new ArchiveLink storage solution is implemented. Without proper planning and a go forward strategy, custom migrations can turn into big projects that overshadow the benefits of the new solution. The result may be a long-term drain on your IT budget in terms cost and human resources.

Challenges

Migration of archived content from one platform to another tends to be a complex and expensive proposition due to lack of standard tools and methodology. Each archiving vendor may offer their own variants of existing or custom developed programs for this, and they tend to be hard-wired for a specific source and target repository combination and generally involve some operating system level tools. This approach not only presents time and budget overrun risks, but also introduces potential risks around the consistency of migrated content. There have been cases sometime after what was considered to be a successful migration, customers have come across corrupt content because the original team didn’t understand intricacies of ArchiveLink storage. Examples of this are multipage vs. single page TIFF, KPro parent/child relations, SAPOffice documents, Pre-4.5 SAP Data Archiving links, text notes or unicode issues during migration. Another issue with archiving some vendor specific migration processes is that they create a potential lock-in if there ever were a need to migrate from the current target platform to another, resulting in a less cost-efficient solution.

Solution

The ArchiveLink Migration Toolkit (AMT) is a unique Dolphin solution for planning, executing and managing migration of archived data and documents from one ArchiveLink-certified content repository to another, regardless of the software vendor. It is a pure SAP-based ABAP application and supports any ArchiveLink certified repository. In contrast to the custom built or archive vendor specific process described earlier, the ArchiveLink Migration Toolkit is a turnkey solution that resides completely within SAP and requires no installation at the operating system level on either the SAP application server, existing archive server or the new archive server. The AMT permits all documents to be previewed prior to being migrated and provides a volume analysis of all implemented ArchiveLink scenarios. The migration is seamless and transparent to the user and can be scheduled as background job, a big advantage. AMT has a built-in failsafe ensuring transactional integrity and automated reattempts in case of timeouts. In addition, the AMT allows integrity checks by comparing source and target components before committing the transaction.

ArchiveLink Migration Toolkit

Change is ubiquitous. A change in corporate IT infrastructure strategy, M&A activity, lack of functionality in your existing solution, or unacceptable service levels are just a few of the reasons that may force you to replace your existing ArchiveLink storage system. How to migrate the archived data and documents from the existing solution should always be taken into consideration when a new ArchiveLink storage solution is implemented. Without proper planning and a go forward strategy, custom migrations can turn into big projects that overshadow the benefits of the new solution. The result may be a long-term drain on your IT budget in terms cost and human resources.

Challenges

Migration of archived content from one platform to another tends to be a complex and expensive proposition due to lack of standard tools and methodology. Each archiving vendor may offer their own variants of existing or custom developed programs for this, and they tend to be hard-wired for a specific source and target repository combination and generally involve some operating system level tools. This approach not only presents time and budget overrun risks, but also introduces potential risks around the consistency of migrated content. There have been cases sometime after what was considered to be a successful migration, customers have come across corrupt content because the original team didn’t understand intricacies of ArchiveLink storage. Examples of this are multipage vs. single page TIFF, KPro parent/child relations, SAPOffice documents, Pre-4.5 SAP Data Archiving links, text notes or unicode issues during migration. Another issue with archiving some vendor specific migration processes is that they create a potential lock-in if there ever were a need to migrate from the current target platform to another, resulting in a less cost-efficient solution.

Solution

The ArchiveLink Migration Toolkit (AMT) is a unique Dolphin solution for planning, executing and managing migration of archived data and documents from one ArchiveLink-certified content repository to another, regardless of the software vendor. It is a pure SAP-based ABAP application and supports any ArchiveLink certified repository. In contrast to the custom built or archive vendor specific process described earlier, the ArchiveLink Migration Toolkit is a turnkey solution that resides completely within SAP and requires no installation at the operating system level on either the SAP application server, existing archive server or the new archive server.

The AMT permits all documents to be previewed prior to being migrated and provides a volume analysis of all implemented ArchiveLink scenarios. The migration is seamless and transparent to the user and can be scheduled as background job, a big advantage. AMT has a built-in failsafe ensuring transactional integrity and automated reattempts in case of timeouts. In addition, the AMT allows integrity checks by comparing source and target components before committing the transaction.