GA Date: June 2, 2017
Available on IBM Passport Advantage (full release) and IBM FixCentral (as feature pack)
As part of IBM InfoSphere MDM’s ongoing advancement, new and enhanced functionality is made available in this, the latest release. It is designated as v18.104.22.168 and covers the Standard Edition (SE), Advanced Edition (AE) and Reference Data Management (RDM) offerings.
For many customers that are currently on the offering’s version 11.5, or earlier versions of 11.6 releases, it will be possible to take advantage of the continuous delivery initiative which greatly simplifies the adoption of the new release by supporting in-place upgrading.
New features in this release:
Enhancements to IBM Stewardship Center
IBM Stewardship Center – Stewardship Virtual MDM (SE and AE)
The V22.214.171.124 release of the Virtual Stewardship Center gives data stewards more control over virtual MDM data. The new features allow data stewards to visualize and manipulate the relationships between entities as part of their work flow and provide the ability to directly control how member records are associated with them. These new capabilities will also make it possible for more users of the legacy virtual MDM stewardship offering, known as Inspector, to migrate to the IBM Stewardship Center and take advantage of this newer technology with its many benefits.
IBM Stewardship Center – Stewardship Physical MDM (AE)
The V126.96.36.199 release enhances several physical MDM data stewardship capabilities in IBM Stewardship Center. Key among these changes are a number of suspect processing task management enhancements. The new enhancements allow data stewards to better refine their searches for tasks, and also to create tasks based on the results of the new comprehensive suspect search functionality. These new capabilities allow data stewards to manage suspect resolution tasks more efficiently by providing the ability to directly control the specific tasks, along with the number of these tasks, that appear in their work queue. This alleviates the problems stemming from large numbers of tasks where the steward now will be able to just “pull” a select set of tasks to work on.
The search capabilities of the Stewardship Center have been further enhanced introducing searches by administration system key and the ability to search and view inactive person or organization records. This aligns better with the information the steward may have to locate a party.
To enhance the user experience, the Stewardship Center now includes a list of recently viewed screens to enable data stewards to quickly navigate to previously viewed records and to control which recently viewed items they want to retain in future sessions.
This release also includes new controls and enhancements to allow data stewards to manage households more efficiently and effectively. The new features give data stewards the ability to more seamlessly define the criteria used to form a household, add or remove members from a household and move members from one household to another.
This release also improves the serviceability and customizability of the physical MDM capabilities of IBM Stewardship Center. It is now easier to manage and maintain customizations while applying feature packs and upgrading to new versions of the IBM Stewardship Center.
Advanced Edition Functional Enhancements
Grouping and householding improvements (AE)
Building on the householding feature previously introduced in V11.6 enhancements have been introduced in version 188.8.131.52 to treat a household independently of the group it is assigned to. This capability improves the survivorship logic associated with households to be based on the current grouping name of the records in the grouping table.
Multi-algorithm matching (AE)
With this release, InfoSphere MDM also supports multi-algorithm support using the Probabilistic Matching Engine's deduplication and supplementary algorithms. For example, your organization may have party records belonging to different lines of business with different roles. You can now further classify these and apply different matching and searching algorithms on each subclass.
Reference Data Management
Functional and usability enhancements (RDM)
InfoSphere MDM Reference Data Management Hub Version 184.108.40.206 includes usability enhancements to make it easier for data stewards to work with reference data sets -- The Hierarchy editing screens have been enhanced to enable you to edit properties and translations for values while working with the hierarchies. This eliminates the need to switch back to the grid view to edit the properties. The navigation has been enhanced to allow you to switch between the Set Properties, Values, and Hierarchy views with a single click, instead of having to access a menu to switch views. This change makes these views easier to access so that you take advantage of their more advanced capabilities. You can now sort based on any column in a table, making it easier for you to find the data you need to work with and to bring feature parity to the sorting functions previously added to the Map screen. The grid view has also been enhanced to display more columns of data by default instead of requiring you to manually configure it.
Installation and upgrade enhancements
Continuous delivery model (SE, AE and RDM)
In the v220.127.116.11 release, the installation and upgrade processes have been enhanced to support the continuous delivery model. This enables many customers to seamlessly do an in-place upgrade of their deployment from version 11.5 or from earlier v11.6 releases to the 18.104.22.168 version.
Pre-configuration validation check (SE, AE and RDM)
In InfoSphere MDM V22.214.171.124, the installation application has been enhanced to perform pre-configuration validation checks to ensure that all required components are in place for a smooth installation. These validation checks increase the probability of a successful installation, thereby reducing the time and effort required for analysis if certain conditions are not met.
Similarly, improvements have been made to the upgrade process for Reference Data Management by removing some manual steps to go from earlier version 11 releases to v126.96.36.199.