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Businesses are implementing DB2 10 quickly—and here’s why

Businesses that depend on mainframe systems don’t make platform decisions lightly. So after talking with several people at the recent IBM Information On Demand 2010 and International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) conferences and hearing about not just interest in DB2 10, but also lots of early implementations, I can say that the tech and biz folks agree: DB2 10 is a winner.

The reasons I heard were common and clear, starting with the tough economic times. Businesses need to reduce costs now, not two years from now. DB2 10 can cut CPU and overall processing costs immediately, and businesses are pushing their tech staffs to implement it as soon as possible. In fact, some are skipping directly from DB2 8 to DB2 10.

Security and compliance are also prominent on every business’s agenda. Executives are asking their security teams to control all data access by everyone in the organization—including the systems and DBA staff—down to the row and column level. For an executive suite that has security on its mind, the new role-based security model and label-based data access security layer in DB2 10 look compelling. DB2 10 provides comprehensive granular access controls, and the business can lock down its data and applications so only the proper personnel have access.

The new masking, encryption, and archiving facilities within DB2 10 help simplify regulatory compliance. Since they are built directly into the DB2 database engine, their performance beats any outside process, and DB2 10 provides standard procedures for implementing these new facilities on any old or new application database.

For plenty of companies, business intelligence is high on the priority list. The new DB2 10 temporal and history tables provide new data structures that deliver business or system time against any business question or data. These tables make it easier for a business to quickly understand its financial balance, order status, or business situation against any past, present, or future date. Many financial, insurance, and retail companies are defining their migration plans to leverage temporal data and gain competitive advantage.

All of this new DB2 10 information was just a small part of the IDUG European conference in Vienna. The valuable user presentations, hallway conversations about business applications, and the keynote session with Jeff Jonas provided tremendous value to everyone. IBM has threaded the needle with DB2 10 cutting-edge technology that reduces CPU demand while providing better regulatory and business intelligence capabilities. Lots of companies think it’s the perfect way to drive business demands faster.