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Archiving / Dart

eCentron has helped many of its clients reduce the size of their production and test environments by as much as 50% by utilizing SAP standard and eCentron custom utilities. eCentron has extensive experience using SAP’s archiving and DART (see descriptions below) toolsets and can provide the customer with ongoing archiving and data warehousing deliverables that can then easily be supported by existing application personnel. eCentron’s custom toolset allows archiving and DART processes to be seamlessly integrated into the production environment and monitored and maintained with minimal effort. Audit requirements for data retention can often be met 100% by the implementation of the standard DART archiving module. Implementation of the standard archive and delete modules coupled with the DART audit tool can quickly recover valuable disk space. eCentron often delivers at least a ten fold ROI for the amount of DASD saved to the cost of the service provided. eCentron’s data management toolset coupled with our data warehouse expertise can provide much improved system performance, reduce DASD costs and fulfill all the standard data retention, retrieval, and reporting requirements requested by your users and required your audit department.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Archiving?

  • SAP Supplied tool to Delete Application Data
  • Data is first extracted to files and then deleted using the extracted files as an index
  • Deleted data is not readily available for reporting or display using standard SAP functionality
  • SAP data is organized into archive objects which allow some control of when data can be archived.
  • Archived data can be reloaded to the system in case of emergency
  • Some Archive Objects allow individual display of archived data in a limited SAP defined format
  • Data is deleted from the system and is not available for reporting unless it is unloaded to other tools before deletion
  • Third party utilities (PBS) are available to view archive data in a more acceptable format but the data access time can be a limiting factor

What is DART?

  • DART stands for Data Retention Tool
  • Requested by ASUG for retention of tax data and developed by SAP
  • Provides data to the IRS in response to an Information Document Request(IDR)
  • Approved for use by the IRS (procedure 98-25 published March 1998)
  • Accepted for use by all major accounting firms as an approved audit data source
  • Self defined extract file
  • Includes all relevant master data at the time of extract
  • Configurable to cover a variety of user needs
  • Includes customizable user exits to extract data not included in the standard DART configuration
  • Contains an indexed directory for DART file management without using Archive Link
  • Supports the definition of multiple extract views which enhance data analysis
  • Provides mechanisms to extract and combine separate DART extracts
  • Compatible with many standard reporting tools
ract and combine separate DART extracts
  • Compatible with many standard reporting tools