The first thing you might think about when you see the words roll back is Walmart. But we aren’t talking about rolling back prices with big yellow smiley faces in this blog. We are talking about rollbacks from a technological perspective. According to Techopedia “a rollback is the operation of restoring a database to a previous state by canceling a specific transaction or transaction set. Rollbacks are either performed automatically by database systems or manually by users.”
So when do you need a rollback?
- A user has made a mistake deleted a data field, entered the wrong information, or generated an unnecessary “transaction.”
- The whole system or server crashes, usually due to a power loss.
How to organizations typically conduct rollbacks?
- A business user can rollback a mistake manually by going back in and re-editing the data field. This can’t be done for accidentally deletions though. These typically have to be pulled from the database backup file which has to be done by a trained IT professional.
- After a system crash or server crash a database can automatically roll back pending transaction so that data can be re-entered by the business users.
How can your organization make rollbacks easier for the business user?
Having an external, independent data audit log that archives data from any system for you in real time can allow any business user to manually rollback individual “transactions” more easily and efficiently.
With Observato you can search for any data transaction based on system, schema, user id, and more in order to quickly find exactly what you need.
Then you can examine all the details of each individual data field within a transaction to answer the who, what, where and when questions about the data entered, changed or deleted.
Best of all, you have all of your data archived from each system all in one place, so you can make multiple rollbacks at the same time, any time.
Make your business users happy and correcting errors easier with the data audit log application Observato. Then you can’t go wrong and you really will be rolling back the prices, by saving time and effort.