Did You Know - Khalix for Windows – Scary Rollover Myth
Year-ends are fast approaching for many companies. Generally January and February are tough times for many Khalix clients. During these two strenuous months, companies usually run the system rollover in Khalix.
Year-end rollover time is a very stressful time for Khalix system administrators. First they don’t know if the rollover will work, or they assumed that it worked but find an error in the rollover. People generally panic if an error occurs in a system but the Khalix Year-End Rollover process usually adds extra stress to many Longview clients.
Many people think the Khalix rollover is exceptionally complex and scary. If an error occurs, Longview support is contacted right away for assistance. While I was on the Longview support desk in my day, calls would be swamped with users who want their issue to be considered “production down”.
The fact is KHALIX ROLLOVERS ARE NOT SCARY. They are usually pretty straight forward processes. The process adds/deletes Khalix symbols and sets various System attributes (i.e current year abbreviation, current period, etc…). Your system might also use the rollover custom hook to run a custom process to perform some additional functionality.
The best way to ensure that rollovers are not scary is TEST them. Just like any other custom process, you should also test the rollover. This is a crucial process to the system however this process is usually left to the later stages of the project and most times not even included in the integrated testing phase.
I think you should give yourself 1 week to test and develop the Khalix rollover. Longer if you need to create custom processes that need to be hooked to the rollover. I usually think that you should test multiple month-end rollovers and perform a couple of year-end rollovers to make sure everything is ok.
Words of caution, if you use partitioning in Khalix, make sure you test the rollover after the partitioning strategy has been applied to the system. Partitioned systems require a slightly more complex rollover. Partitioned systems rollovers are a little more involved but they are still nothing to be scared of. Just make sure you test the system rollover (both month-end and year-end) before you promote changes to the production environment.
Scary rollovers are a myth developed by users of less established Khalix systems. Testing the system rollover fully before using it in production will help avoid the many issues that you could have with Khalix rollovers in the future.
One more Khalix myth squashed by The Khalix Expert!