Greetings from Berlin! I’m very pleased today to tell you about several new announcements we are making in the portfolio previously known as Data Studio. With these new releases, we are taking great strides toward the vision of Integrated Data Management -- An integrated, modular environment to manage enterprise application data and optimize data-driven applications, from requirements to retirement across heterogeneous environments.
While delivering on an Integrated Data Management vision is a very broad value proposition and one that will involve all aspects of IBM Software Group, you’ll see with this release that we are adopting the Optim name as a rallying point for this technology emphasizing our focus on optimizing the value of your data assets by managing them across their lifecycle. This announcement represents another major step in delivering on our vision focusing both on extending heterogeneity and portfolio integration that provides the basis for cross-role, cross-lifecycle collaboration, efficiency, and alignment.
In future posts, we’ll take you through a couple of scenarios enabled by the new releases, but to get you started, here is a summary of the announcement and links to announcement letters and web pages:
- Enhancements to and renaming of Optim Development Studio, Optim pureQuery Runtime, and Optim Database Administrator (formerly Data Studio Developer, Data Studio pureQuery Runtime, and Data StudioAdministrator). You’ll find lots of new functionality for both developers and DBAs in these releases. Most notably:
- pureQuery and development support for Oracle databases (including PL/SQL) for a common integrated development environment across DB2, Informix, and Oracle
- A host of fantastic new pureQuery capabilities that customers have been asking for, including translation of literals to host variables to improve application performance
- More complete DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows administration capabilities in Optim Database Administrator including support for large warehousing environments
- Better governance of privacy attributes across design, development, and test environments Better support for DB2 package management so that DBAs can restrict changes and rebinds to just those packages affected by a change.
Here’s a link to the announcement letter or visit the Web sites for Optim Development Studio , Optim pureQuery Runtime, Optim Database Administrator.
Many of you may be wondering about the no-charge capabilities. We heard loud and clear that our customers want a stand-alone download package for the no-charge capability. We are reverting to that packaging model with this release. More on that as it becomes available in the near future.
- New product: Optim Query Tuner for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows brings single-query tuning advice and formatting to theDB2 developer. I think Ray Willoughby will be blogging more on this, but this product provides a great first step toward enabling developers to more effectively tune queries during development. Its integration with Optim Development Studio provides a seamless environment for crafting queries, identifying SQL hot spots, and optimizing queries all pre-production to help produce enterprise-ready code and facilitate collaboration between the developers and DBAs. See the announcement letter and Web page for more detail.
- New release of InfoSphere Data Architect. This product has always been a shining star in the portfolio for its heterogeneous database capabilities. This release includes improvements to the data governance value proposition around data privacy and the ability to maintain volumetric data for capacity planning. Most notably, users can choose from pre-defined privacy templates and share privacy definitions with developers and testers via Optim Development Studio. See the announcement letter or Web page for more detail
I’m asking some of my technical leaders and product managers to go into more detail on these announcements in future blog posts. In the meantime, I must go back to the conference. Lots to talk about…