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IBM i2 iBridge Release Notes


IBM i2 iBridge 8.9.1 is available.


i2 iBridge connects IBM i2 Analyst’s Notebook® users directly to enterprise databases with powerful search and query capabilities that increase the timeliness and accuracy of analytical products.

Important: IBM i2 software at version 8.9 is not compatible with earlier versions of i2 software. Upgrading directly is not supported. To install IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis software at version 8.9, you must first uninstall all of your existing i2 software, then install the new versions. In addition, due to the changes in this release, any custom plug-ins that are present in your system might need recompiling, contact the provider of any custom plug-ins before you do the upgrade.


The IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio announcement is available. See the announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functionality
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details

Release highlights

IBM i2 iBridge 8.9 includes changes that support the integration of the product into the IBM technology stack. It provides guaranteed compatibility with other IBM i2 products that have the same version number. At version 8.9, IBM i2 products no longer support or require authorization mechanisms such as dongles or software license management (SLM). When you purchase or upgrade to version 8.9 of an IBM i2 product, you must upgrade your other i2 products to version 8.9 at the same time.

Virtualization support

iBridge is supported on hardware virtualization environments that run any of the operating systems that are listed in the detailed system requirements. When you run in a virtual environment, any issues that can be replicated by IBM in a supported operating system are addressed by using the standard IBM support policy.
Note: Trinal editions of IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook cannot be run in virtualized environments.

Known problems

The most up-to-date source for known problems in iBridge is the online version of these release notes at

At the time of publication, the following problems were known:

Analyst's Notebook
There is a compatibility issue between IBM i2 iBridge v8.9.1 and IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook versions from v9.0.7 to v9.1.1 such that when installed alongside one of these versions i2 iBridge is not returning all expected data for some functions. For more information, see
  • Queries using “Ends With” and “Doesn’t End With” in query conditions will not return all the expected results under the following conditions: The underlying SQL Server data type being used in the query condition is Char or NChar and the SQL Server Unicode DB check box in iBridge Designer is turned on. (#2840).
  • Link data may be incorrectly summed if any of the selected links have no or multi-directional arrows. (#2617) - If “Sum numeric” is selected in the link style tab of the “Charting Settings” menu of an iBridge connection, then any numeric data is summed as iBridge returns the links to Analyst’s Notebook. This sum is calculated by adding all numeric labels against links in one direction and subtracting the numeric labels against links in the opposite direction. Where links have no direction, or multi-direction, iBridge will assume a direction and add or subtract the value accordingly without notification to the user. This will lead to incorrect summation in 50% of cases. This has been reported in Technical Alert i2TA17.
  • When a field name contains a mix of Arabic and English text and the field value contains Arabic data, this may display incorrectly. (#2596)
  • When the system locale and language used are different, an error occurs when iBridge is started. (#2423)
iBridge Designer
  • iBridge does not support non-Unicode Oracle databases that contain Unicode data types. This is because Oracle does not support SQL statements that contain Unicode data types on these kinds of databases.
  • The following SQL Server 2008 data types do not display correctly (for example, they can be sorted incorrectly, or generate a runtime error). (#2643 & #2649)
    • Date
    • Time
    • Datetimeoffset
    • Datetime2
    • Hierarchyid
    • Geography
    • Geometry
  • The style and formatting for the iBridge configuration report is lost if viewed with Internet Explorer 8 and 9. (#2767)
  • When a configuration report is saved in a valid location after attempting to in an invalid location, an error occurs on some non-English locales. (#2776)
  • When altering conditional link directions in iBridge Designer, you may find that not all of the alterations are reflected iBridge. If this is the case, please re-open and save the .ibg again in iBridge Designer to resolve the problem.
  • If you add a bitmap file with a numeric file name (for example, 80.bmp) to the icons folder, iBridge Designer will fail to load the icons and generate a warning message. To avoid this you should include an alphabetic character in the name of any file you add, for example a-80.bmp.
  • For similar reasons, you should not use purely numeric names for entity types, link types, field aliases, and so on, in iBridge Designer. Although the configuration can be saved, iBridge will raise error messages when you attempt to use it.
  • The Configuration Fixer cannot be used to fix problems in abstract types, for example if the data type of a field that has been used in an abstract type has changed. The solution is to fix the problem in the concrete types using the Configuration Fixer and then open the configuration file in iBridge Designer and make the necessary changes to the abstract type.
  • When running iBridge Designer on Windows Vista and above, entity types and database tables appear as black text on a black background. The workaround for this is to change the default Windows theme to Windows Standard or Classic. <
Microsoft known limitations
  • IBM i2 product files cannot be indexed and searched by the Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 search mechanisms.
  • Document properties do not work on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 - Some entries in the summary information are not visible on Windows. The 'Description' and 'Origin' sections are not visible through Explorer.

More information

For more information, see the following resources:

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Document Information

Modified date:
10 January 2020