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Databases for Small Business: Essentials of Database Management, Data Analysis,and Staff Training for Entrepreneurs and Professionals by Anna Manning

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CHAPTER  17

Archiving Your Database

Chapter 16 addressed how to meet outside requests for information, which often requires the storage of a lot of historical data, the amount of which becomes ever larger as your business expands. In addition, legislation such as the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, requires publicly traded companies, accountants, attorneys, and others to store business records for five years and financial data for seven years following an audit. This increases the burden of storing historical data even more.

Storing increasing amounts of data on computer systems can lead to poor performance, regardless of how much hardware is added or how much an application is fine-tuned. Therefore, businesses need an efficient method to manage ...

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