Retrieving historical data from Adobe Workfront: pros and cons

This article explains the pros and cons of 4 options you can use to retrieve your historical data from Workfront.

Use one of our partners

AtAppStore, a Workfront certified partner, has an easy-to-use app that allows you to download your data. This app also includes a viewer that allows you to easily view your data.

  • Pros: All your Workfront objects are exported, including the custom fields. The interface of the Viewer is easy to use and read, and it’s easily importable in a MS Access Database.

  • Cons: Documents are not exported. You will have to download them separately. For more information, go to http://www.atappstore.com/App/snapshot-to-msaccess/Default.aspx.

Request an Postgres data dump file from our Database team

Your Account Executive can submit a request to our Database team to export a database dump file (.dmp Postgres file) with your data. An additional request will go to our AOS team to retrieve all of your stored documents.

  • Pros: You get your entire data load, including custom fields, as well as documents that are stored in the system.

  • Cons: The database file is hard to read: there is no way you can read this file unless you upload it to an Postgres database and re-establish the relationships between the tables. The documents are stored on a separate file server and must be extracted separately using a separate process by the AOS team. In doing so, there is no organization to the documents, and they are all referenced by their GUID.

  • Cost: There is a cost associated with this download, depending on how long it takes the team to create the file. Check with your AE/ CAE for more information or to get this process started.

Export via Kick-Starts

Whether you have remote consulting hours or not, you can use one of our consultants to export your data in the form of reports or kick-starts, or you can run these reports yourself:

  • Pros: The reports are easy to read and can be imported in a variety of applications; they can be customized to include any groupings and views you’d like.

  • Cons: Documents will have to be downloaded separately.

  • Cost: It is free if you can run the reports yourself (all you would need is a system admin login), or if you can use remaining remote consulting hours. If you are interested in purchasing remote consulting for this, please talk with your AE/CAE.

    For more information about using Kick-Starts to export data, see Export data from Adobe Workfront via Kick-Starts.

Use our open API

if you have the right resources in your organization, they can build a custom API to retrieve all your data from Workfront:

  • Pros: You are in control of what exports from the system.

  • Cons: The time is spent on your side, and you will have to find resources to code the API and perform the export.

  • Cost: Internal to your organization.

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