Have you heard the news? The new release of IBM's premiere data modeling tool, Rational Data Architect (RDA) 7.5 has been announced and will be available for download on September 26. The key themes for Rational Data Architect, now and in the future, include integration and to provide the foundational modeling capability you need to support your information initiatives, including data privacy support.
This release includes our first step in integrating with Optim Data Privacy solutions and of course, the integration with the other architecture management products in the Rational 7.5 portfolio. Because we're committed to supporting a heterogeneous database environment, we've also extended our support for both Oracle and SQL server databases.
I’ll cover each of these briefly.
Rational Data Architect 7.5 integration with Optim data privacy and test data management solutions
If you are not familiar with Optim , this portfolio of products are associated with data privacy, test data management and data archiving along with other related products. These products came into the IBM family with the acquisition of Princeton Softech. More and more organizations have to deal with protection of personal data.
You have probably heard a lot of stories in the news of large companies that have been compromised because confidential information of its clients has been stolen. A lot of theft happens within the company and so it becomes difficult to manage. Optim gives you tools to enforce a data governance strategy.
What we have done in Rational Data Architect is now allow you to specify data privacy attributes (policies, data masking rules) and export the data privacy and test data definition artifacts for easy import to an Optim directory that can be used for creating the physical test databases. We have extended the domain model in RDA so that you can specify data privacy classifications and masking rules right in the domain model and then apply it to the various columns in your data model. This will then create a file that Optim can consume and read. Not only do you have a privacy specification that can be reused across your test databases, it saves a lot of manual effort. And you can also generate a compliance report that will come in handy for audits!
If you want to try this integration yourself, go to the IOD web site and sign yourself up for the following hands on lab that I and my colleague in Optim, Rick Buglio, will teach:
HOL-2712 Integrating IBM Rational Data Architect and IBM Optim Thu, 30/Oct, 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rick and I are also working on a developerWorks tutorial that we hope to have available in the October timeframe.
Integration with Rational Software Development Platform 7.5
The key thing about this announcement is the timing. Rational Software Architect (RSA) which is a superset of Rational Application Developer and Rational Software Modeler also announced their 7.5 release on the same date as RDA. One of the key benefits of this is that all the Rational tooling including Rational Data Architect are now lined up on the same Eclipse version 3.4.
This gives you a lot of benefits in terms of functionality. RDA still maintains its close integration with RSA so that you can do things like transform a data model to an application model, etc. We have enhanced some further transformations especially in the XML space. Also there is a RDAM (Rational Data Architect + Rational Software Modeler) bundle based on 7.5 that gives you a great deal on these two products together.
Enhanced support for non-IBM databases
We're addressing customer requirements for non-IBM databases including support for Oracle parallel degree, synonyms for stored procedures, trigger and index pages. In addition, we've added SQL Server integrated authentication.
Where is the trial?
The trial will be available after eGA at the end of this month. I’ll update this blog when it’s actually available, or you can check then at the RDA product web site .
I look forward to seeing you at IOD. For those of you doing data architecture, be sure to join me and other Rational developers at a Birds of a Feather session on Wednesday, October 29th at 6.00 pm in the Mandalay Bay North Convention Center - Tropics B. The number is BOF-3280. If you can’t join us, please use the comments link below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to send feedback on our product or if you are interested in more discussion on particular areas of data architecture.
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