Data Archiving Essentials — What Every Administrator Needs to Know

  • by Helmet Stefani, Performance, Benchmark, and Data Archiving Team, SAP
  • Dr. Rolf Gersbacher, Performance, Benchmark, and Data Archiving Department, SAP
  • March 15, 2001
As the saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Administrators are well advised to archive data before ailing performance becomes a characteristic of their SAP environment. SAP Data Archiving enables you to keep the size of your database under control over the long term, ensuring improved system availability and performance, and more efficient use of IT resources such as hard disks, CPUs, and networks. This article describes how SAP's Archive Development Kit (ADK) works, the ways in which you interact with it, and how to plan for and execute archiving and post-archiving activities. It will bring newcomers up to speed very quickly, and provides plenty of useful information for those already well versed in the fundamentals. Threaded throughout the article are suggestions and tips about how best to wield SAP ADK technology, particularly with regard to FI_DOCUMNT, one of the most commonly used and therefore most important archiving objects.

Helmet Stefani

Helmut Stefani joined SAP in 1997 as a member of the Data Archiving Coordination team (now a part of PBA), which coordinates the development of archiving solutions across applications. He holds responsibility for information development in this area, and is co-author of the best practices guide “Managing SAP Data Archiving Projects.” Prior to joining SAP, Helmut was a software localization specialist at Computervision (now PTC), a major producer of CAD/CAM software.

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Dr. Rolf Gersbacher

Dr. Rolf Gersbacher joined SAP in 1994, where he was engaged in the implementation of business process reengineering projects using workflow technology. Since 1998 he has been a member of SAP’s Performance, Benchmark and Data Archiving (PBA) department, where he is responsible for conducting extensive analysis and has co-written projects in the area of data archiving. Together with Helmut Stefani, Rolf developed the best practices guide “Managing SAP Data Archiving Projects.” 

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