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Report Versioning

The versioning provided by APOS Storage Center is invaluable, because Web Intelligence reports can be changed easily by users. Storage Center provides an intelligent means to purge Webis while retaining retrievable versions, and enabling regulatory compliance.

Formal report development goes through development, QA, and production cycles. If you lose a report object, you can easily restore it from an earlier development or QA cycle. However, Web Intelligence report development is far more ad hoc: they are designed and built by users, often with quick and frequent iteration. APOS Storage Center gives you the ability to back up report versions, ensuring reporting continuity.

APOS Storage Center allows you to retrieve and restore an individual object or instance from its back up or archive repository, allowing quick and easy response to scenarios where content has been changed or deleted and has resulted in unintentional system damage. Whether you archive using online or offline modes, APOS Storage Center allows selective restore of your BI documents, in both their native format, and in neutral formats, and to both their original location and to a location of your choice.

Selective restore to a new location helps you safeguard data privacy, because you control who has access to the restore location. This capability is very useful in the case of internal and external audit requests or other types of investigation.

Archiving, restoring, and migrating documents using neutral formats allows you to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance by preserving "document-of-record" integrity throughout the documents' lifecycle.

APOS Storage Center allows you to back up, archive, and restore not only BI reports and instances, but also other types of information objects, such as dashboards (Xcelsius), office documents, and Infospaces.

APOS Storage Center and the SAP BI Recycle Bin

In SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2, SAP introduced the Recycle Bin, which allows administrators to restore accidentally deleted content to Public Folders, typically within a 30-day window after the deletion. (Note that the system only starts to retain deleted items after the Recycle Bin has been activated. That is, you cannot activate the Recycle Bin and retrieve items that were deleted prior to the date on which you activated the feature.) While this feature is a useful addition to BI 4.2, it does not meet the needs for report versioning and selective restore that are provided by APOS Storage Center.

The Recycle Bin works for a number of "Oops!" moments when a report is accidentally deleted, but it does not allow you to restore earlier versions of a report to reverse changes you have made. Because APOS Storage Center backs up with versioning, it allows you to retrieve an earlier version of the report, without the changes made to the current version.

Extract and Export

Storage Center's extract and export features maintain document of record integrity for the migration process. The ability to export to other formats can be crucial, because changes in the environment can make it impossible to restore the original document instance. Storage Center allows administrators to restore the original, the exported version, or both.

Contact APOS to find out how APOS Storage Center can help you to achieve a proactive system content storage strategy.


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