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Data Change Management System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107455D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Balden, S: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Changes to data in a database/datafile needs to be approved by a number of people before the change can be made official. Also, there may be a group of people who need to be notified of the change, not necessarily to approve the change.

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Data Change Management System

      Changes to data in a database/datafile needs to be approved by
a number of people before the change can be made official.  Also,
there may be a group of people who need to be notified of the change,
not necessarily to approve the change.

      Currently the approval process is independent of the data
change process. Typically, the person making the change initiates the
approval process using an electronic mail system or through meetings
or approval sheets. When all the necessary approvals are obtained,
the person is responsible for making the data change.  This method
relies on the person to be the link between the approval process and
the change process.  The onus is on the person to ensure that he has
properly communicated the changes and to obtain the necessary
approvals.  Often errors are made listing the changes.  New changes
may also be made before the approval process has been completed on a
preceding set of changes. This could potentially lead to confusion
regarding which versions of files have been approved.  Database
systems try to provide some change control by allowing only certain
persons to change certain tables or fields.  However, we know of no
system that will provide comprehensive change management to include
approvals and notifications.

      A comprehensive change management system would provide the
following functions.  Automatically produce a list of data hanges
being made, called the Change Tra...