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Announces SoftBase Db2 Tools (SDT) Availability

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SoftBase, a Fresche Solutions brand, is proud to announce the general availability of the SoftBase Db2 Tools suite 1.1.0 (SDT110). The SoftBase Db2 Tools suite allows developers, DBAs, and performance analysts to focus on meeting their customer demands of developing and maintaining software code.  These code, test, and deployment tools replace redundant code with proven processes that exploit features of z/OS Db2 that would otherwise require a dedicated staff to develop and to maintain.

As announced last year, the SoftBase Db2 Tools suite is a rebranding and renaming of the SoftBase Batch Healthcare flagship products with additional rich features and functionality. Along with the four products from Batch Healthcare, the suite includes the new Db2 Catalog Guide on z/OS and provides z/OS Db2 users with a high level of synergy between all five products:

  • Db2 Catalog Guide on z/OS
    The new product in the SoftBase Db2 Tools suite, Db2 Catalog Guide on z/OS, can be used to query the Db2 Catalog without writing time consuming SQL. A DBA can safely grant privileges to use this tool to application developers, testers, and production staff who need specific information that resides in the Db2 Catalog. No Db2 Locks are held on catalog tables and the SQL is 100% static.

    Db2 v12 Function Levels are key pieces of information that developers and DBAs will need to be aware of as Db2 v12 applications are created and updated.  Db2 Catalog Guide can quickly display this information without writing SQL or using the DISPLAY GROUP operator command.  We know that this light-weight tool will be the talk of your shop, so we are offering a six-month free trial to convince you.

  • Db2 Attach on z/OS
    In addition to allowing a batch application to run as a native z/OS job stream with //STEP EXEC PGM=progname rather than TSO or IKJEFT01, Db2 Attach provides a wealth of additional facilities. For example: LOGRBA, which triggers a read of the active Db2 log and a display of the high used RBA.  The user can specify a display of the high used RBA after the Db2 plan is opened and/or after the plan is opened and after each commit.  “SQL SET CURRENT item” is a facility which dynamically changes Db2 special registers.  SDT110 includes support for “SET CURRENT QUERY ACCELERATION value” which identifies when Db2 sends dynamic SQL queries to an accelerator server and what Db2 does if the accelerator server fails.  Additional Db2 Package options are available in MRF, providing more opportunity for multi-row fetch to be automatically implemented into existing batch Db2 applications without recoding.
  • Db2 Checkpoint on z/OS
    Users can have the product insert COMMITs and CHECKPOINTs into Db2 batch jobs, in many cases without even changing the application program. Db2 Checkpoint can restart Db2 batch jobs at the last CHECKPOINT prior to the point of failure, restore the working storage area, and reopen/reposition sequential files. It supports use of operator commands to ‘quiesce’ a long running job at the next successful checkpoint and restart the job at a later time. The new release also moves checkpoint buffers above the line, providing virtual storage constraint relief. and possible performance improvements.
  • Db2 Batch Analyzer on z/OS
    Helps developers maximize Db2 application tuning efforts by finding the worst performing applications first with almost no overhead. An ISPF interface allows developers to locate their own performance problems rather than using scarce systems and DBA resources. The product uses a drill down technique that allow even a novice user to identify Db2 application performance problems, down to an individual SQL statement.
  • Db2 DeadLock Advisor on z/OS
    (SQLCODE -911, SQLCODE -904) – Identifies the source of deadlock timeouts and resource unavailable conditions and presents that information on the offending and offended batch job’s log. Programmers can quickly identify the cause of deadlocks by examining the joblog of the affected application.

Upgrade Path

Existing customers will be pleased to know the upgrade path from Batch Healthcare to SoftBase Db2 Tools is the same familiar process that starts with the download of a zip file containing all five products. Each product can be installed independently and depending on the combination of products, a single product installation may complete all the installation steps for other SoftBase Db2 Tools products.

For more information, call 1-800-669-7076 or contact us here.


SoftBase Announces Rebranding of Batch Healthcare

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SoftBase is proud to announce the rebranding of Batch Healthcare, our flagship product. The facilities under the Batch Healthcare umbrella will now be known as Db2 Attach, Db2 Batch Analyzer, Db2 Checkpoint / Restart, and Db2 DeadLock Advisor. Over time, each of these Db2 application deployment components have grown to support the increasing functionality of IBM Db2 for z/OS. SoftBase components’ rich features and functionality dictate a new name is needed to reflect current and future enhancements.

This name change not only shows the independence of each component, but also allows us to introduce an additional component, Db2 Catalog Guide. The Db2 catalog is a wealth of information. This information is useful to developers, testers, and production staff. Most tools, however, lock the data in the catalog or users forget to specify FOR QUERY ONLY WITH UR when querying the catalog. Even when they remember to specify it, it is often dynamic SQL which can also obtain locks on the catalog. Db2 Catalog Guide is 100% static SQL that will not lock the catalog. The catalog itself is a very complex database. Db2 Catalog Guide makes navigation of the database easy. There is a Db2 command interface as well as an explain interface for SQL in the catalog.

Please visit the SoftBase website for additional information on the complete family of SoftBase products and components.

Employee Negligence is Top Cause of U.S. Data Breaches According to Symantec Study

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A recent Ponemon study sponsored by Symantec has found that employee negligence is the most common cause of data breaches in the US, while malicious attacks are the most expensive. Interestingly enough, the average cost per data breach has dropped from $7.2 million in 2010 to $5.5 million in 2011 – still a price no one wants to pay!

Data breaches are a very real and present threat to the modern organization. Between tangible damage such as direct fines, legal costs and lost customers, to intangible damage to the brand, data breaches cost organizations an average of $194 per record in 2011. The article goes on to detail best practices, and reports that hiring a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) can help reduce the cost per record by up to $80 or 35%. You can read the rest of the article here.

“Organizations need to focus on processes, policies and technologies that address threats from the malicious insider or hacker.”

Here at SoftBase, we understand the mission-critical importance of data security. That’s why we built our DB2 application testing and test data sub-setting suite, TestBase, to include the most advanced data masking features available on the market. You need good quality test data for development, but you also need to keep your customer data safe with the best processes, policies and technologies available.

TestBase is the safest test data management solution available on the market – contact us or click here to learn more!