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Application Retirement: Old Applications, and Their Place In The Sun

obsolete_tech_large_sqareWhat springs to mind when you think about old applications? What happens to them when they outlived their usefulness? Do they finally get to retire and have their day in the sun, or do they tenaciously hang on to life?

Think for a moment about your situation and of those around you. From the time work started you have been encouraged and sometimes forced to think about, plan for and fund your own retirement. Now consider the portfolio your organization has built up over the years; hundreds or maybe thousands of apps, spread across numerous platforms and locations – A mix of home-grown with the best-in-breed tools or acquired from the leading application vendors.

Evaluating Your Current Situation

  • Do you know how many of those “legacy” systems are still running?
  • Do you know how much these apps are costing?
  • Is there a plan to retire them?
  • How is the execution tracking to plan?

Truth is, even if you have a plan, it probably isn’t going well.

Providing better citizen service at a lower cost

This is something every state and local organization aspires to do by reducing costs. Many organizations are spending 75% or more of their budgets on just keeping the lights on – maintaining existing applications and infrastructure. Being able to fully retire some, or many of these applications saves significant money. Do you know how much these applications are costing your organization? Don’t forget to include the whole range of costs that applications incur – including the physical infrastructure costs such as mainframes, networks and storage, as well as the required software licenses and of course the time of the people that actually keep them running. What happens when those with with Cobol and CICS experience retire? Usually the answer is not good news. There is a lot to consider and many benefits to be gained through an effective application retirement strategy.

August 2011 report by ESG Global shows that some 68% of organizations had over six or more legacy applications running and that 50% planned to retire at least one of those over the following 12-18 months. It would be interesting to see today’s situation and be able evaluate how successful these application retirement plans have been.

A common problem is knowing where to start. You know there are applications that you should be able to retire, but planning, building and executing an effective and success plan can be tough. To help this process we have developed a strategy, framework and solution for effective and efficient application retirement. This is a good starting point on your application retirement journey.

To get a speedy overview, take six minutes to watch this video on application retirement.

We have created a community specifically for application managers in our ‘Potential At Work’ site. If you haven’t already signed up, take a moment and join this group of like-minded individuals from across the globe.

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Informatica ILM Nearline Achieves SAP-Certified Integration

Informatica announced yesterday the  Informatica ILM Nearline product is SAP-certified.  ILM Nearline helps IT organizations reduce costs of managing data growth in existing implementations of the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) and SAP HANA. By doing so, customers can leverage freed budgets and resources to invest in its application landscape and data center modernization initiatives. Informatica ILM Nearline v6.1A for use with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP HANA, available today, is purpose-built for SAP environments leveraging native SAP interfaces.

Data volumes are growing the fastest in data warehouse and reporting applications[1], yet a significant amount of it is rarely used or infrequently accessed. In deployments of SAP NetWeaver BW, standard SAP archiving can reduce the size of a production data warehouse database to help preserve its performance, but if users ever want to query or manipulate the archived data, the data needs to be loaded back into the production system disrupting data analytics processes and extending time to insight. The same holds true for SAP HANA.

To address this, ILM Nearline enables IT to migrate large volumes of largely inactive SAP NetWeaver BW or SAP HANA data from the production database or in memory store to online, secure, highly compressed, immutable files in a near-line system while maintaining end-user access.  The result is a controlled environment running SAP NetWeaver BW or SAP HANA with predictable, ongoing hardware, software and maintenance costs.  This helps ensure service-level agreements (SLAs) can be met while freeing up ongoing budget and resources so IT can focus on innovation.

Informatic ILM Nearline for use with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP HANA has been certified with the following interfaces:

“Informatica ILM Nearline for use with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP HANA is all about reducing the costs of data while keeping the data easily accessible and thus valuable,” said Adam Wilson, general manager, ILM, Informatica. “As data volumes continue to soar, the solution is especially game-changing for organizations implementing SAP HANA as they can use the Informatica-enabled savings to help offset and control the costs of their SAP HANA licenses without disrupting the current SAP NetWeaver BW users’ access to the data.”

Specific advantages of Informatica ILM Nearline include:

  • Industry-leading compression rates – Informatica ILM Nearline’s compression rates exceed standard database compression rates by a sizable margin. Customers typically achieve rates in excess of 90 percent, and some have reported rates as high as 98 percent.
  •  Easy administration and data access – No database administration is required for data archived by Informatica ILM Nearline. Data is accessible from the user’s standard SAP application screen without any IT interventions and is efficiently stored to simplify backup, restore and data replication processes.
  • Limitless capacity – Highly scalable, the solution is designed to store limitless amounts of data without affecting data access performance.
  • Easy storage tiering – As data is stored in a highly compressed format, the nearline archive can be easily migrated from one storage location to another in support of a tiered storage strategy.

Available now, Informatica ILM Nearline for use with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP HANA is based on intellectual property acquired from Sand Technology in Q4 2011 and enhanced by Informatica.

[1] Informatica Survey Results, January 23, 2013 (citation from Enterprise Data Archive for Hybrid IT Webinar)

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Informatica Educates Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Attendees On How To Balance The Big Data Balancing Act

Thousands of Oracle OpenWorld 2012 attendees visited the Informatica booth to learn how to leverage their combined investments in Oracle and Informatica technology.  Informatica delivered over 40 presentations on topics that ranged from cloud, to data security to smart partitioning. Key Informatica executives and experts, from product engineering and product management, spoke with hundreds of users on topics and answered questions on how Informatica can help them improve Oracle application performance, lower risk and costs, and reduce project timelines. (more…)

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Your Biggest IT Security Nightmare – Non-Production Data

Everyone is worried about data security and privacy as they should be; for data to be trusted, users and management need confidence in not just knowing that data is correct, but also in knowing that it is secure and that access is permitted only in controlled situations. There is no shortage of security disaster stories, but I’m not worried about production data since it is at the heart of application management disciplines which, while still not perfect, have had 50 years to mature. This perspective is stated succinctly by Ronald Reagan when he spoke about the economy and said “I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.” (more…)

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Save IT Costs in Four Key Areas with Application ILM

Last week I wrote a blog about saving costs in the “Keep-your-lights-on” category of IT spending. In it I mentioned how Application ILM helps to lower costs in the application retirement category. As a result of that blog several people emailed me asking what else Application ILM does. So, here goes …

I see Application ILM as focusing on four key areas within the Data Integration world. These are:

  • Reducing Costs of Data Growth & Application Performance
    Transaction volumes continue to grow and we just can’t stop ourselves from keeping it all hanging around for year after year after year! We humans just love to keep historical data around us! Of course a lot of this relates to ever increasing demands for record retention due to regulatory compliance and data governance. Over time, our systems become clogged with data, performance slows down, users begin to complain, upgrades take longer, patching becomes more complicated, and tuning evolves into an expensive art form reserved only for the most accomplished DBA.

    So what do we do? We upgrade hardware, add storage, and bring in consultants only to find we’re back at it again in three months time… after all there’s no alternative – right? Well, wrong! You can use Application ILM to define business rules and to set thresholds for archiving dormant data. By shrinking your production applications, you lower overall costs related to maintaining applications while still ensuring seamless access to the data. Performance doesn’t degrade, you spend less time administering the systems and you eliminate the need to buy additional storage. That’s the whole point of Application ILM.


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Drive down costs with Data Integration, and free up budget for business imperatives

Forrester state that about 63% of IT budgets are spent on keeping the lights on (KTLO).  I’ve heard from many CIO’s that the figure should be far higher!  To me that means 63% of IT budgets are spent on nothing more than keeping the status-quo, or sustaining the business.  Let’s call that “sustain”.

Obviously it follows that the other 37% is spent on innovating, delivering new applications and helping the business to grow, succeed, be more competitive and so on.  Let’s call that “gain”.

So, what happens when the economy falls into recession?  Well, according to recent research from CIO magazIne 58% of CIO’s surveyed stated that their budgets have been reduced. The research also showed that CIO’s were cutting back spending on “new” business initiatives.

This is unfortunate, but a regrettably true statement about the health of IT today – surely it is new initiatives that should win, and not maintaining the hairball of IT we’ve ended up in. (more…)

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Why Informatica bought Applimation to enhance Data Integration

We recently added a fantastic new capability to our data integration portfolio through the recent acquisition of Applimation.  As the leader in Application ILM, Applimation enhances Informatica’s offerings by providing extensive functionality in the areas of data archiving, data privacy, test data management, and application retirement.

Many people have asked me why this is important and how it actually relates to data integration.  Let me explain why it’s important and why it is a perfect fit for the Informatica portfolio.

Applications are critical to all businesses.  However, over time they become cluttered with dormant data relating to closed transactions or historical data.  A leading industry analyst group estimates that more than 80 percent of data in enterprise applications is “inactive,” yet that data consumes expensive storage and database capacity. In addition, more than 40 percent of data is estimated to be confidential, yet many companies are proliferating full production copies of this sensitive data throughout their enterprise for non-production use—typically, for development, testing, and training purposes. (more…)

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Data Migration And Application ILM: A Union Made In Heaven

So you’ve managed to reduce your IT budget focused on KTLO (Keep-the-lights-on) by automating a lot of the manual-intensive integration processes using the latest data integration platform.

In doing this, you lowered your upfront TCO through ease-of-use, prebuilt connectivity, reusable logic and rules, and are benefiting from lower ongoing costs through scalability and performance, ease of administration and seamless upgrades.

You found the required staff to manage the myriad of integration challenges all across your IT shop by tapping into the large community of Informatica specialists available and implemented an ICC to mirror companies like T. Rowe Price, HP and Avaya who achieved significant savings through their ICC’s.  (This might have come about from your conversation with Gartner whose research on ICC’s convinced you that you could achieve 25% reuse of integration components; 30% savings in integration development time and costs and 20% savings in maintenance costs).

By the way, have you tried the ICC calculator using this data to show how much you could save?

OK, so you did all that and you have a more efficient IT shop with savings enough to rollout that single critical application that you’ve been asked to complete for the last 6 months.   Now what? (more…)

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