Managing the data lifecycle
I'm looking forward to next Wednesday, July 22nd when I get to participate in one of the virtual technical briefings that Kathy Z blogged about recently. The topic is InfoSphere Data Architect 101, and I'm planning to do something with one of the technical architects that is a combination of presentation and demonstration, so hopefully we'll keep it interesting for you.
If you want to get a little background before coming, you can check out this great introductory video. Also, Holly covered some of the new privacy capabilities in the first virtual tech briefing, Data Studio becomes Optim: What does it mean for you, which will be available for replay for a limited time.
Just sign in with your computer and email address!
Date: July 22nd
Time: 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern (but sign in 30 minutes early if you can)
The whole thing is done via the computer, so you may want to go to the web site ahead of time and click on the system check link.
Talk with you soon.
-- Anson Kokkat
updated 6/16/ to fix minor typo.
Following up on Curt's blog about the new releases in June, let's take a deeper look at what is new in InfoSphere Data Architect V7.5.2.
Building on top of the privacy specifications for generating test data that was already built in the product from December 2008 you will now be able to pick from a predefined list of categories for specific data privacy information. It's probably best to explain this with an example. Let's say you have a credit card column that you want to mark as private by generating a random number where you maintain the first 4 digits of the card. Within InfoSphere Data Architect you can specify that you want to use the credit card masking policy, and IDA will be able to connect to Optim Test Data Management and Data Privacy solutions to get the appropriate masking method that should be used. Not only can you generate this in the design phase of your model you can now share this with Optim Development Studio so now when developing applications you have the ability to view what data is private and even look at the SQL that accesses the sensitive data.
Also new in IDA 7.5.2 is the capability to size storage requirements and estimate for data capacity and growth. This is often called volumetrics support and as per customer requests we have implemented this in the new release.
Finally, building on the fact that InfoSphere Data Architect is more than just a data modeling tool, we have leveraged all the different use cases that customers have implemented to improve on the different integration scenarios that we provide with IDA. We already know that Data Architect is built on top of the Rational Software Delivery platform (reminder, this product used to be called Rational Data Architect) and we continue to improve in those areas, but we have also enhanced integration scenarios related to Information Management as well. Since most of the Optim Solutions for Integrated Data Management are built on Eclipse you can utilize the sharing of connection information feature that was introduced in the June releases. Also new in IDA 7.5.2 is improved integration with IBM Industry Models and glossary information. All Industry Models and the newly added glossary information can now be managed in InfoSphere Data Architect.
The trial of this release will be available in a few weeks at the current trial download location. The announcement letter is here. Oh, by the way, the announcement letter also contains information about the updated Learning Services course for IDA that has been enhanced to cover more product capabilities. I always strongly recommend that new users get education, and this new and improved course can help you get what you need to get started.
-- Anson Kokkat
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In my last blog I talked about the tools associated with InfoSphere Foundation Tools, including my product, InfoSphere Data Architect. However I wanted to really show you that most of what I was talking about has substance, and that there is true integration among the tools – it’s not just marketing!
In Denis Vasconcelos's latest article, Understanding leads to Trust: Sharing a Common Vocabulary across InfoSphere Foundation tools, he has really hit home the message about how a common understanding of business terms can help improve communication and enforce standards across IT and business organizations. His article shows you how to import your existing business concepts into a business glossary (InfoSphere Business Glossary with InfoSphere Metadata Workbench) and then use that glossary within InfoSphere Data Architect to do such things as enforce naming standards in data models, which of course will mean that applications built on the resulting database will also be using correct terms that are meaningful to the business.
I like how the article shows how all of these products are interconnected, and how the various technologies have been designed to make sure that you are doing the most with your metadata.
Read the article and let me know your thoughts... I am especially interested to know if this set of tools meets your objective of managing metadata effectively. If there is something missing, let me know. I really think we have a unique offering with these set of tools, and something that really stands out from the rest of the crowd.
As I mentioned in my previous blog on the RDA 7.5 announcement, I promised to let you know when the trial code is ready. Well, it's ready now. You can download the 30-day trial off developerWorks.
For the highlights of the new release, check out the What's New documentation and check out my earlier blog on this topic that focuses on the data privacy and integration aspects of the new release, or even better, listen to my webcast.
I can show you all the new features in person. Come meet me at the IOD 2008 conference. I'll be busy at the conference - you can find me at either of the following sessions:
Get your hands dirty and join me for the following hands on labs:
Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - Breakers A Tue, 28/Oct, 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - Breakers C Wed, 29/Oct, 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM (This one looks full but come by anyway since sometimes people don't show up)
And you don't have to take my word about it. Don't miss this customer session:
-- Anson Kokkat
Hello all. I'm the product manager for Rational Data Architect (RDA), IBM's strategic data modelling tool. I visit lots of customers and talk to my own colleagues about this product, and I would like to take this opportunity to clear up a few things that I keep hearing over and over. Here are three things you may not know about RDA:
Number 1: Rational Data Architect is part of the IBM Data Studio family (don't let the name fool you)
As my teammate Holly Hayes describes in her Data Studio "big picture" article, RDA is the data design component of the integrated data management lifecycle. Rational Data Architect is built on top of the Rational Software Development platform and is designed to integrate well with Rational Software Architect and other Rational Software products. As a matter of fact, other components of Data Studio also are built on this platform and can extend the Rational application development environment with complementary data-centric capabilities. So, if you're a DBA or data architect, yes, you should be interested in something named Rational (especially since it's very likely that RDA can work with most if not all of your existing databases, IBM or non-IBM).
Number 2: Support for Cognos and Telelogic is already in the product.
Number 3: Rational Data Architect is NOT just for architects.
Rational Data Architect has really gained popularity over the last couple of years since it was released. With the next release, which is planned to be available later this year, you will see more ground being made by building on top of the Eclipse 3.4 foundation and more enhancements put in place to make RDA the premier tool for database modeling.
-- Anson Kokkat