Application Retirement is the practice of retiring a system, application, database or platform from service, while retaining access to business-critical data. IBM Optim makes Application Retirement easy and safe by providing the capability to archive data in its original business context, preserving each archived business object as an audit-ready "snapshot in time." IBM Optim Application Retirement solution provides specific archive and retrieval capabilities that address data retention compliance needs, allowing organizations to effectively implement their Application Retirement projects. With Application Retirement these systems and applications, companies can optimize their portfolios, reducing cost and risk. This process enables application migration from a high-cost operating platform to a lower-cost platform. Moreover, it also reduces hardware, maintenance and upgrade costs.
We have executed IBM Optim Application Retirement projects for several clients with early versions of Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) running on various hardware platforms. Even though the applications and hardware were retired, the application data remained accessible through Optim, enabling our clients to use their reporting tools of choice.
One client had five different de-supported versions of Oracle EBS on separate hardware and operating systems used for regulatory compliance. Maintaining these instances incurred high hardware, software and labor costs.
We suggested an IBM Optim Application Retirement Solution to retire their Oracle EBS instances and provide access to the data without requiring database licenses. We studied their Production environment, created a customized archiving template, and implemented the IBM Optim Application Retirement Solution. As a result, we eliminated hardware and database costs on the retired databases. We also configured HSODBC and Oracle Discoverer to provide direct access to the Optim archive files for compliance reporting.
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