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Gartner estimates that "aging and poorly used applications that should be retired contribute as much as 20% or more to the overall IT organization resource baseline requirements."
Application Retirement is a growing reality for many organizations as they grow, merge or otherwise consolidate operations. The number of enterprise systems that IT departments support continues to grow. Strategic moves away from proprietary mainframe and applications systems coupled with efforts to reduce IT spend on existing infrastructure are bringing focus on application retirement as a way to fund new projects or make the existing IT budget go farther.
Applications that are candidates for retirement consume computing resources, storage, and manpower to maintain yet provide very little business benefit to the organization. Often, applications that supported hundreds of users at rollout are now beings used by very few. While the majority of IT budgets go to supporting existing applications, very little attention is typically paid to the total cost of maintaining an application.
Application retirement is a viable strategy for eliminating redundant legacy applications, thereby improving operational efficiency and reducing costs. By reducing the number of applications within the IT infrastructure, DBAs can concentrate on maintaining critical business applications with the highest value to the organization instead of compiling data from disparate sources. Solix EDMS Application Retirement allows organizations to:
- Implement Data Migration projects across applications: Legacy, Mainframe, BaaN, JDE, PeopleSoft, Siebel Oracle, SAP, etc. while allowing changes to chart of accounts, organization structure, costing methods, etc.
- Implement Data Migration projects across operating systems: Windows, Linux, Unix (Solaris, AIX, HP-UX) while allowing changes to Technology Stack, Middleware etc.
- Implement Data Migration projects across databases: Oracle, DB2, Informix, Sybase, SQL Server while carefully accommodating changes to Data Types
Application retirement helps organizations to reduce cost while maintaining access to the data either through the creation of a common data store or by migrating data into an existing enterprise application. By utilizing Solix EDMS Application Retirement organization can:
- Improve Operational Efficiency
- Reduce Costs
- Ensure Data retention requirements are met
Solix EDMS Application Retirement is a flexible tool that provides a highly automated, secure answer to the application retirement, data migration, and legacy data access. Using the Solix Secure Archive, it automatically de-duplicates the data, compresses it as much as 90%, and stores it in an immutable form that can be viewed, searched, and exported into reports using the built-in Solix Application Portfolio Manager while preserving the original data unchanged to meet compliance requirements.
Solix ExAPPS - Industry's First Application Retirement Appliance, that integrates Server, Storage, Database with 90% data compression and Solix EDMS Application Retirement Software with Fast Query and Reporting Tools.