Reflections on 2009 and looking ahead
IBM_Optim 27000269HS Visits (2002)
Reflecting on 2009, I have to say that I am pleased to see that people are really starting to understand the business value of integrated data management (IDM) to help reduce inefficiencies in communications and to enable enforcement of rules across IT roles. And there has been even stronger interest, particularly from the z/OS community, around potential cost reductions with use of pureQuery in the application infrastructure. I know that our tech sales and enablement teams have been very busy with pureQuery savings assessments (briefly introduced in this video demo) and are constantly on the road talking to customers about pureQuery.
We’ve had some good customer successes this year that reflect the realization of the benefits of integrated data management. Here are a couple of note:
La Caixa was challenged with control over an increasing number of database entities. They wanted to set up a way to enable administrative control over created entities that would help both their administrators and developers. They decided to go with InfoSphere Data Architect, in no small part because of its integration with Rational Software Development Platform and the rest of the Optim portfolio, as well as its extensibility. They are taking advantage of the support for source control to store physical data models in a central repository and allowing only approved objects to be promoted to production. And they’ve done some customization on the DDL files to enable the SCM to parse the files in order to decide where to install the other database objects. Data governance is improved, and the integration with Rational enables the administrators to grant access to data models to appropriate developers for improved collaboration.
Greater security and performance for openJPA applications using pureQuery at Payment Business Services (PBS)
PBS has developed a new Payment Services system programmed in Java using openJPA. The developers liked working with openJPA, but the database administrators were concerned about performance and security with dynamic SQL. So they decided to take advantage of the client optimization capabilities in pureQuery to leverage static SQL for that application. They have Optim pureQuery Runtime for z/OS under a WebSphere Application Server to capture the dynamic SQ,L and then they bind that captured SQL into DB2 packages for static execution. They use Optim Development Studio to view and work with the captured SQL for tuning, problem determination, and for communicating with developers. This marriage of pureQuery with new application infrastructures in the z/OS environment is really critical to helping enterprises to both grow technologically while maintaining appropriate levels of security and performance.
What’s coming in 2010?
Looking ahead, I’m driving the team toward delivering on specific aspects of the IDM vision. It is my belief that this year we will be able to deliver on even more integration among the portfolio members (and other IBM products) to fully realize a database performance management scenario that crosses roles from system operator all the way through to modifying and tuning the database access layer. You will likely see more integration with Cognos, SAP, and DataStage. And we’ll be delivering betas and new products to help DBAs do their jobs better. And, yes, there is a good deal of work being done to support z/OS this year. And, before you ask, yes, Windows 7 support is coming soon.