Remember those 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles we’d spend hours putting together on the dining room table? Turns out they’re a pretty good metaphor to illustrate data archiving.
Anthony Markezich, The Windward Group
I wanted to hear how The Windward Group’s Brant Rathe and Anthony Markezich thought about their solution, The Connector for EMC InfoArchive. As a member of the InfoArchive Consortium, I expected they would talk about architecture, adaptability across platforms– stuff like that.
They talked about puzzles.
“Can you tell, from just a few pieces, what the completed puzzle will look like?” asks Anthony, Solutions Executive-Enterprise Systems and a self-described tech geek who cut his early technology teeth in his uncle’s TV repair shop. “For effective archiving, you need to save the pieces, AND the final picture. For example, suppose you want to preserve construction documents and the project management database on an oil platform out in the North Sea so you can be compliant, and respond to any regulatory inquiry—years after the work?
You need to think “jigsaw puzzle,” but also “automated problem solving.”
“It’s hybrid archiving, and it clears up the headaches,” adds Brant, VP of Sales. “InfoArchive is this amazingly versatile XML-based archive. The Connector is the traffic cop. It creates complete business objects from structured and unstructured data, pulled from virtually any application, then submits submission information packages (SIPs) for ingestion into the archive, preserved according to your governance policies.”
Engineering and energy projects present special problems. For decades, energy companies have created their own applications to solve problems. Hundreds of them: Project management applications drive field activities. Capital expenditure applications track major equipment purchases and other capex transactions. ERP systems track financial activities. In general, these companies have been happy to maintain a distributed approach to their applications….until it comes to preserving a total picture of what occurred.
“They might be running dozens of platforms, employing hundreds of applications, many of them 20-30 years old,” says Anthony. “How in the world could the whole picture come together for compliance?”
Brant Rathe, The Windward Group
“The solution,” says Brant, “involves platform specific plug-ins created for The Connector, resulting in format-neutral SIPs utilized for ingestion into InfoArchive.”
“We think we’re at least two years ahead of the curve,” says Anthony, with some pride. “But we also know, a wave of momentum is coming. Technologies like InfoArchive and The Connector for InfoArchive will fundamentally change industry thinking about data preservation. Now we can save and store nearly everything, in its proper format, with its associated raw data, multiplied into the millions of documents and data points, extracted from multiple legacy applications, at a fraction of the old cost.”
The prospect especially excites Brant who pondered, “How often do you get the opportunity to solve this kind of puzzle and be part of something that totally transforms an industry?”
How do you put the whole picture together for compliance without losing any of the pieces?