In April of 2016, IBM announced the IBM i 7.3 release, which will be generally available on April 15, 2016.
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Steve Will, Chief Architect at IBM said:
“These days, everyone wants to get more information from the data which is running their businesses. They want “insight” on how that data affects business. On an IBM i system, of course, DB2 is where that data is stored. DB2, like all databases with a long, successful history, is designed specifically to do transaction processing, because transaction processing is at the heart of running a business. However, over the years, as CIOs & CTOs came to take transactions for granted, they started asking their IT and application departments to get more value out of the data. For example, they started asking questions about what their business data looked like in the past.”
He followed this with:
“IBM i 7.3 introduces a new technology, built into DB2, to handle this sort of business problem: DB2 Temporal Support. Once again, DB2 is providing a “data-centric” way to deal with a whole class of requirements. As of 7.3, DB2 tables can be identified as needing to have their history tracked, and DB2 will automatically store older versions of the data as it gets updated. This allows for very simple, natural queries to be written to ask questions such as “What was in this table six months ago?” or “What was the state of the table on June 1?” This is the kind of insight many business leaders want, and now DB2 can be set up to simply make this kind of insight a simple matter of running a query.”
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Published Date: 30th April 2016
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