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Application Retirement – Preserving the Value of Data (Part Two)

In my previous blog, I looked at the need among enterprises for application retirement. But, what kind of software solution is best for supporting effective application retirement?

It’s important to realise that retirement projects might start small, with one or two applications, and then quickly blossom into full-fledged rationalisation initiatives where hundreds of dissimilar applications are retired. So relying on individual applications or database vendors for tools and support can easily lead to a fragmented and uneven retirement strategy and archiving environment. In any event, some major application vendors offer little or even no archiving capabilities.

So what’s needed is a solution that works across a heterogeneous application environment to enable a uniform and productive approach to safely and cost-effectively retire a wide variety of legacy applications and preserving their data.

Just like when choosing a retirement home for a relative, you need to carefully evaluate application retirement solutions.  What looks right for today may not be able to keep up with the rapid changes taking place in IT environments, including continuing advances in cloud storage and big data management. So look for a vendor that possesses not only all the features and functionality, but also a successful track record and a strategic roadmap.

The ability to archive data over long periods, while continuing to provide easy access to it, preserves the potential usefulness of the information, reduces the risk of non-compliance, and dramatically shrinks data management costs to just a fraction of full production costs.  Application retirement is rarely a one-off project. More often than not, it’s part of a larger system rationalisation and an information lifecycle management effort.

Enterprises need to take a uniform approach to the retirement issue, using tools that are comprehensive and productive. By doing this they will achieve the maximum benefits from application retirement while maintaining the maximum value of the data. Application retirement can seem a daunting task, but with the right solution in hand enterprises can gain a better return on their “live” and archived data.

What is your organization doing to effectively manage application retirement today, so in the future you have the access to the data you need, but you aren’t spending valuable time and IT dollars on data that can and should be achieved?

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