Same product, same features, same organization, different name
I often say the above phrase when I have to explain to everyone what the difference is between 'RDA' and 'IDA'. We announced the renaming of IBM Rational® Data Architect to IBM InfoSphere™ Data Architect today, December 16, 2008. See the announcement letter
. It really is the same product, still part of the Data Studio family, and even built on top of the same Eclipse level.
So why the name change now?
The name change features the InfoSphere Data Architect role in IBM InfoSphere Foundation Tools, an open set of tools that help prepare an organization to adopt an information agenda. Read more about the Foundation Tools in this executive brief.
There has always been integration between our data architect product and the InfoSphere Family and its predecessors. The very first release featured function to assist in data integration design, but at that time the DB2 Information Integrator branding was too limiting for our offering. Given the broad database support, we opted to give it a Rational brand featuring its integration with the Rational Software Development Platform. InfoSphere Data Architect still is and will continue to be fully integrated with the Rational portfolio, and in particular with the architectural components including Rational Software Architect, WebSphere Business Modeler and other Rational products.
What exactly is InfoSphere?
I was talking with one of the InfoSphere reps to about how he explains InfoSphere to clients when I was at the IOD conference in Las Vegas this year. He started to explain to me about moving. When I say "moving" I mean like you've bought a new house and need to physically move your items from one location to another. So let's describe the process of what you do when you move.
- First you take stock of what you have. Look around your room and figure out what articles you actually own and what is junk.
- Then after you have taken stock, you start to figure out what items you need and what items you can throw out. Maybe that old can opener that Aunt Sally gave you for Christmas 5 years ago isn't so useful now that you have a new expensive electronic can opener that can open just about anything.
- Now you are ready to pack all your items into boxes and get it ready for the move.
- Finally your items are delivered to your home and you start to unpack everything and then put them in the proper places.
The process of moving is very similar to how you use InfoSphere tools to realize your Information Agenda
- Understand - Use tools like InfoSphere Information Analyzer, InfoSphere Data Architect, InfoSphere FastTrack, and InfoSphere Business Glossary to understand your data and take stock of what data you own.
- Cleanse - Use InfoSphere QualityStage to discard data that isn't relevant and throw out what is not needed. (You can also decide you want to fix it, which QualityStage also does for you.)
- Transform - Use InfoSphere DataStage and InfoSphere Change Data Capture to capture the data and package it for delivery.
- Deliver - Use InfoSphere DataStage and InfoSphere Federation Server to deliver the trusted information to the proper places where it belongs.
As I mentioned, InfoSphere Data Architect has always been integrated with InfoSphere tools:
- You can export InfoSphere Business Glossary into InfoSphere Data Architect and vice versa
- You can export the InfoSphere Data Architect physical data model into InfoSphere Metadata Workbench. The physical model is the basis for QualityStage and DataStage work.
- You can use InfoSphere Data Architect to infer or specify relationships between schemas and to generate DDL for federated views.
- And more…
We'll be looking to add more integration points as we build out the InfoSphere story, but for now I think I better add the following to my email signature to save me having to repeat this all the time:Same product, same features, same organization, different name
-- Anson Kokkathttp://www.ibm.com/software/data/studio/data-architect/