Previously, I talked about the first alphabetic group of DB2 data warehouse DSNZPARMS that can improve your access paths and overall application performance. This week the second set of DSNZPARMS are discussed. Many of the data warehouse DSNZPARMS discussed are somewhat hidden within the regular DSNZPARM install panels. All of these DSNZPARMS discussed are available in DB2 for z/OS DB2 Version 9. Some are available in DB2 Version 8.
Caution needs to be taken with all system settings and especially these data warehouse DSNZPARMS. These DSNZPARMS are meant to change access paths and improve them, but each data warehouse design is unique, along with each application access path, so results will vary. If the data warehouse DB2 subsystem is shared with other OLTP or operational applications, I highly recommend fully documenting and setting up a full PLAN STABLITIY plan and package management structure for your current access paths before changing any DSNZPARMS. This documentation along with a good PLAN STABILITY DB2 plan and package management implementation and back out practices helps you quickly react to your environment and back out any detrimental access paths encountered through unexpected rebind of any program.
Some of the comments from previous blogs on data warehouse applications highlighted the resurgent of data warehousing on the z/OS platform and why running a data warehouse on z/OS provides many advantages over other platforms. One that was noted from several people is when your data warehouse runs on z/OS, the huge ETL processes don’t usually have to transmit the data over a network. Even though the network bandwidth is robust, avoiding this extra bottleneck can sometimes save hours of overhead, guaranteeing that your refresh data jobs have enough time every day to provide critical refreshes of you data within your data warehouse. Additionally, most of your source data warehouse data comes from the z/OS operational systems and can quickly be put into operational business intelligence data warehouses. This fresh data increases sales, provides real time inventory or product availability updates and, most importantly, removes latency for all your critical single point master data source of record for the enterprise.
Improve your system and application performance by adjusting these data warehouse DSNZPARMS to improve your access paths and by using the superior DB2 optimizer technology and most efficient performance available.