In this Fix Pack, we’ve added new features and improvement in a number of key areas, which I’ll highlight here.
Diagramming improvements: We are excited to have started incorporating the ILOG diagramming technology into InfoSphere Data Architect to provide an enhanced diagram layout. The new diagramming capability will offer choices of layouts as well the option to specify the spacing of objects, all very important steps towards offering greater control and flexibility of visualization.
Import DB2 physical objects from other tools: For years, InfoSphere Data Architect has offered the capability to import models from other tools. Significant in Fix Pack 1, we have provided unique capability to help import DB2-specific properties for physical database objects, such as index and storage, faithfully into IDA from other tools like CA ERwin and CA Gen. Whereas generic export/import capabilities may cause you to lose this information, this enhancement in IDA will enable you to preserve your existing data design efforts.
Import from COBOL source files and copybooks: Although this capability was on a temporary leave, our z/OS friends will be happy to know that this capability is back in with this Fix Pack. This "legacy data" often contains critical information, so they need to be included in the data modeling process.
Filtering improvements for productivity and performance: It is now possible to have a couple different approaches of specifying filters for model comparison and synchronization: you can specify filter options at the workspace level to streamline and improve overall comparison performance, and you can specify filter options at individual comparison invocation to improve ease of use of the comparison editor.
Integration with InfoSphere Discovery (forrmerly Exeros): Those familiar with our history and approach know that we have a strong focus in building linkage points across IBM products. This ability to easily share and collaborate the metadata is crucial to the acceleration of projects. In IDA 22.214.171.124, we continue this focus with the introduction of the integration with InfoSphere Discovery. With this new capability, you can import the discovered metadata from InfoSphere Discovery directly into InfoSphere Data Architect and share and use it in a wide range of scenarios including the Optim Data Archiving and Data Privacy solutions, as well as InfoSphere Foundation Tools.
For more details on the contents of this Fix Pack, be sure to read the Release Notes.
Let me close by saying that the InfoSphere Data Architect team loves getting your input so please keep them coming. Feel free to post your comments and questions on the IDA forum. We are excited about what we are going to do in 2010!