The top three myths about SAP Data Archiving

Data archiving is an event—Wrong. Data archiving is a process, not a project. Many companies archive their critical business data on an arbitrary schedule—whenever someone thinks of it, once a year, or even just once. But proper data archiving is a constant, ongoing process. Effective data volume management requires consistency, especially considering the pace at which contemporary corporations generate new transactional data. Whether an hourly, daily or weekly archiving schedule is appropriate for your business needs, archiving is an ongoing process and should never be considered a special occurrence. Data archiving is backup—Wrong. Backup data is simply a fail-safe. Creating a second, secure copy of important files is always a smart move. Whether using tape, optical, disk or cloud-based storage, backup data can be used for disaster recovery and restoration. But data archiving is different. It entails storing important data that is not used on a regular basis but still must be accessed periodically. Data archiving helps maintain access to important information while reducing active system size and improving network performance by moving data to another place, compressing it and indexing it for later use. Backup is just a backup. They’re not the same. Data archiving is IT’s concern—Wrong. In some companies, it is left to IT to figure out what should be archived and when but in the best run businesses, data archiving is a business decision not a technical one and the two groups work together to form a strategy. Data should be archived based on the data’s value to the business, retention requirements and the ongoing need for accessing it. Business executives know what they need and how often they need it, but too often they cede these decisions to IT because it involves technology they don’t understand. Worse, business users halt any kind of archiving because they are fearful they won’t have access to the information. Working in partnership, a company’s business and technology teams can achieve the business outcomes they need. Now that’s strategic. Like anything in life, what we don’t know can hurt us—we just don’t know it. Don’t let fear of the unknown hold back your business. For more on SAP Data Archiving, ask contact@dolphin-corp.com or go to http://www.dolphin-corp.com/information-lifecycle-management/.  

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The top three myths about SAP Data Archiving

Data archiving is an event—Wrong. Data archiving is a process, not a project. Many companies archive their critical business data on an arbitrary schedule—whenever someone thinks of it, once a year, or even just once. But proper data archiving is a constant, ongoing process. Effective data volume management requires consistency, especially considering the pace at which contemporary corporations generate new transactional data. Whether an hourly, daily or weekly archiving schedule is appropriate for your business needs, archiving is an ongoing process and should never be considered a special occurrence.

Data archiving is backup—Wrong. Backup data is simply a fail-safe. Creating a second, secure copy of important files is always a smart move. Whether using tape, optical, disk or cloud-based storage, backup data can be used for disaster recovery and restoration. But data archiving is different. It entails storing important data that is not used on a regular basis but still must be accessed periodically. Data archiving helps maintain access to important information while reducing active system size and improving network performance by moving data to another place, compressing it and indexing it for later use. Backup is just a backup. They’re not the same.

Data archiving is IT’s concern—Wrong. In some companies, it is left to IT to figure out what should be archived and when but in the best run businesses, data archiving is a business decision not a technical one and the two groups work together to form a strategy. Data should be archived based on the data’s value to the business, retention requirements and the ongoing need for accessing it. Business executives know what they need and how often they need it, but too often they cede these decisions to IT because it involves technology they don’t understand. Worse, business users halt any kind of archiving because they are fearful they won’t have access to the information. Working in partnership, a company’s business and technology teams can achieve the business outcomes they need. Now that’s strategic.

Like anything in life, what we don’t know can hurt us—we just don’t know it. Don’t let fear of the unknown hold back your business.

For more on SAP Data Archiving, ask contact@dolphin-corp.com or go to http://www.dolphin-corp.com/information-lifecycle-management/.