Mastering the Administrative and Development Tasks Required to Put Archived Data in Easy Reach of Every User

  • by Dr. Rolf Gersbacher, Performance, Benchmark, and Data Archiving Department, SAP
  • Helmet Stefani, Performance, Benchmark, and Data Archiving Team, SAP
  • July 15, 2001
Data archiving relocates old application data from the database to archive files in order to keep a tight rein on database volume and at the same time preserve that data so it can be referenced at a later date. Two SAP tools enable users to easily retrieve and evaluate archived data: the Archive Information System (AS), which enables users to retrieve individual archived business documents, and the Document Relationship Browser (DRB), which enables users to evaluate an archived document's fit within the context of a business process. This article shows administrators and developers how to accomplish the tasks necessary to make these tools available to users, and also offers valuable behind-the-scenes information and concrete instructions for customizing existing retrieval programs and developing new ones.

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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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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