The inside story of the creation of the Data Studio integrated demo
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My name is Thuan Bui and I am part of the Data Studio Enablement team. One of my jobs is to create demos that illustrate the capabilities and business values of the Data Studio portfolio. A key one we just recorded and put on the Web is a two-part demo that uses a story to bring to life the things you can do with these products and how the integration can enhance teamwork.
The demos we build are not mocked up screen shows (at least most of the time). Because people use these for live demos as well as recording, we really have to come up with more than just a story. We need to create a relevant database schema, load it with data, build supporting applications and so forth. And of course we use Data Studio to help us with all that :) . (And, yes, we occasionally find bugs and usability issues that we report back to the development team.)
This scenario-based demo shows how and why Data Studio portfolio is used throughout the entire data lifecycle including design, development, deployment, and management stages. We start showing how pureQuery client optimization is used to stabilize performance for an existing JDBC application, then show how to use Rational Data Architect for data design tasks, then feed the model to Data Studio Administrator for data model changes and deployment, and how to use pureQuery Outline for impact analysis of a potential schema change. (By the way, if you have no idea what I mean about pureQuery outline, see this article.) We use Data Studio Developer tools for SQL, Java application and Web services development and deployment, and finally show how to use the web-based Data Studio Administration Console for database and system health monitoring.
One of the challenges in producing this demo is that we have lots of different components to highlight, with the right level of information, within a time limit. We try not to make it too long nor give too many details so that both technical and non-technical viewers can consume it and don’t lose interest.
Although the story is for a fictional enterprise, our goal is to try and show problems and resolutions that could apply to companies in the real world. Perhaps the most challenging thing for those of us inside IBM is to come up with scenarios that will resonate with you, the people who have to deal with the data management lifecycle every day. Let us know if you think we’re hitting the mark or if there’s something more or different we should be showing, maybe an example from your own experience.
Our next demo will focus on the story for z/OS environments.
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