Custom Software Development
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The decision to retire an application is particularly determined by the needs of the business and not by the age of the application since even age-old applications might be functioning well in the present times.
As organizations evolve with multiple capabilities, including online banking and e-commerce, there is an increasing need to get newer systems to withstand the demands and get an edge over competitors. New challenges are being imposed on the data by the present regulations and compliance measures. As the business evolves, organizations are increasingly facing the need to improve upon the present systems and technology. The need for decommissioning applications is always there but it is not always a successful practice. Simplification of the IT infrastructure is required to eliminate redundancy and reduce the overall cost involved.
Here are some of the drivers of application retirement:
- Automated business processes and strategic initiatives depreciate with time and that calls for application decommissioning.
- Technological developments have introduced better features, and improved security to personal devices which increase the need for new applications.
- Business needs change over time and this means even the support applications need to ensure that they are scalable, interoperable and expandable beyond geographies.
- One needs to be foresighted to assure success of business continuity plans and the veracity of future IT risk mitigation strategies.
The application consolidation scenario is more complex and costly to perform than the decommissioning scenario; however, most organizations prefer retirement over consolidation. Using database archiving replacement and migration of an application results in significant return on investment and even eliminates the hovering risk of data loss. First, the application data which needs to be consolidated or replaced needs to be mapped to the new platform. A typical database archiving solution can be used to archive inactive clients and closed claims along with rarely accessed data keeping the referential integrity intact. The amount of data gets reduced to migrate thus making the overall process faster and also cost-effective. The remaining current data after archival can be migrated to the new environment easily and the original application can be safely removed from use and service.
For application retirement, the entire database is archived and no data is preserved in the production database. Using a database archiving solution which is efficient enough, one can archive the application data and even apply diverse business rules to transfer data to the archive. It can also be accessed if needed to meet audits or compliance request with the help of the e-discovery option. INDUSA’s solution can also help one to attain a full cost-reduction benefit through application retirement, without having to risk data loss. Users can still be able to access and query the archived application data according to the need.