IBM Optim Decommissioning Process - easy ,safe & beneficial to your business
What is “decommissioning?” Decommissioning is when critical data is retired in a system, application,
etc. and though the data is retired, access to that data is still retained. IBM Optim offers a solution to
make the process of decommissioning safe and simple, and also beneficial to your business.
As time passes and certain data begins to lose its value, it can become costly to maintain. Even though
some data may be entirely obsolete, many businesses are hesitant to retire data out of fear that they
may need it for compliance or other reasons. Of course, this fear is not irrational, but no matter how old
or useless the data may seem, regulations or compliance may demand that your business maintain that
data. IBM’s Optim decommissioning software allows you to easily access your retired data at any time,
reducing risk. Once the data is properly retired, costs will also be reduced.
Even though IBM’s Optim decommissioning can be beneficial to your business, many businesses are still
reluctant to retire their data; a business may be hesitant because of concerns over compliance and
regulation, or it may also be that the process seems complex. Many businesses will eat the cost of
maintaining old data because they choose to do nothing, but this will clearly hinder your business.
Whatever roadblocks there may appear to be, decommissioning data is part of the information cycle,
and should be implemented. In most cases, as much as 80 percent old data, or “historical reference
data,” is not accessed, if rarely. If all this data is kept, performance of your platform suffers, and so does
your wallet as that data continues to take up precious storage space.
Other software may retire data, but typically such software will remove data from the production
system or platform. IBM Optim decommissioning does offer some unique capabilities to ensure
compliance and reduce risk by performing the following:
Makes retired data accessible, even if apart from the original system or application
Preserves historical data in its business context
Automates discovery and ensures accuracy of decommissioned data
The reasons for properly decommissioning data are not limited to those reasons listed above; the
benefits Optim data management are numerous. It has been proven that businesses who implement
best practices for decommissioning data see an overall improvement in their enterprise platform,
reduce costs, and mitigate risk.
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