After 5 years of use on my existing cell phone I decided to upgrade to one of the more feature-rich models that was available on the market. Once I purchased my phone, I really didn't know where to get started. I had all this data from my old cell phone that I wanted to transfer to my new one and start using right away. I was happy to find a seamless way to migrate the data over and even more surprised at how simple and quick it was. Now that the data was migrated over, I learned about new features that really helped to make my life more productive and started wondering how I did things before.
The new ERwin to InfoSphere Data Architect (IDA) migration guide
gives customers a cookbook approach to transferring assets from ERwin to IDA and start being productive right away. ERwin has been around for about 20 years so it's difficult to suddenly pick up a new tool and expect things to be the same. This guide helps by mapping terminology and concepts between the products and by offering best practices guidelines, including:
- Utilizing packages and subpackages as a concept similar to subject areas in ERwin
- How to properly split your model such that multiple people can work on the model
- How to use diagrams effectively in IDA for navigational purposes
This guide was written by Norma Mullin, who has lots of experience using both tools. I strongly recommend that you dowload this guide from developerWorks today. And our video team put together a great video
that was designed to be a friendly introduction to InfoSphere Data Architect for those who might be using "other tools" today. You should really check it out, too.
-- Anson Kokkat
P.S. IDA doesn't come with GPS or a 5 MP camera, but it does come with tools that would turn a data architect's head.