Princeton Archiving Update Puts Its Finger on E-Biz Tidbits

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-04-24 Print this article Print

Princeton Softech is deepening and broadening Optim, its data archiving and retention software for Oracle E-Business Suite, so that it covers more modules and can serve up more details for data audits.

Princeton Softech is deepening and broadening Optim, its data archiving and retention software for Oracle E-Business Suite, so that it covers more modules and can serve up more details for data audits. The company on April 24 will announce the availability of Optim 4.0. Optim is technology that lets enterprises apply business rules for managing application data at each point in the lifecycle of a transaction. For example, it behooves businesses to keep orders that have been recently booked and paid for in a primary database environment, so that new transactions with new data get stored in the best environment, with plenty of resources dedicated to their care and feeding, said Lise Neely, manager of product marketing for Princeton Softech, in Princeton, N.J.
As data gets older, it still needs to be saved for regulatory compliance and reporting purposes, particularly if it pertains to a financial transaction, but it doesnt require all that much love.
Christopher Carriero, chair of the OAUG (Oracle Applications Users Group) Archive/Purge Special Interest Group, pointed out that the field of archiving and purging is a growing field in which people are increasingly interested, particularly since their databases are growing at such a fast clip. "They find production databases growing immensely," he said. "Especially because of the [Oracle E-Business Suite 11i] onset. It broadened the size of the data model for business applications. To be able to downsize that a bit so people arent having to continually buy disks and increase CPU processing power" is getting ever more attention, Carriero said. In fact, the OAUG is awarding the Archive/Purge SIG a certificate of distinction at this years Collaborate 06 conference in Nashville, Tenn., April 23-27, in recognition of the growing importance of the topic and the work the SIG has done to shine a spotlight on it, he said. As far as Princetons new Optim version goes, the update allows users to sort transactions by criteria such as age or business value and thus to apply an appropriate level of resources to maintain it, Neely said. Princeton offers the solution with out-of-the-box adapters for many of the most popular ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) packages, as well as JDE, PeopleSoft and Siebel applications. Click here to read more about Princetons Optim. In situations where this type of sorting and archiving isnt automated, businesses tend to save entire copies of their application databases, Neely said. Then, when they run into audit situations, where theyre asked to produce transaction records spanning multiple years, they have to slog through the work of restoring backup data. Next Page: More detail.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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