Real-Time Database Sharing: What Can It Do for Your Business?

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Would you like to effortlessly replicate data from DB2 databases into Oracle, Informix, and Microsoft SQL databases and back again without custom programming or large-scale integration costs?

Written by Vision Solutions

Editor's Note: This article is an extract of the white paper "Real-time Database Sharing: What Can It Do for Your Business?"


Senior managers expect IT teams to deliver consistent, high-quality data that creates a single view across the business. But with data stored across multiple databases and platforms, where does this single view reside? Attempting to combine all data into one "logical" database presents major data formatting, transformation, and consistency challenges.


What if you could effortlessly replicate data from DB2 databases into Oracle, Informix, and Microsoft SQL databases, and back again, without custom programming or large-scale integration costs?


What if you could share data from one application to another in real time and be assured that the data would be in the exact format each application and user needs? Would it help if you could add a new customer, update an inventory balance, or delete a stock item, and have all of these applications share the same information in real time? What would your business gain if you could break down isolated silos of user data and give everyone across the enterprise the same effortless access to accurate, current, and complete data?


What if you could accomplish this without discarding or changing your investment in existing systems and databases? How much more productive could your database staff be if a single solution could be used to manage data-sharing across all databases across all platforms? Would it help if you could handle data security, auditing, and compliance with government-mandated regulations using a standardized, enterprise-wide tool?


What if you could be confident that the right data is reaching the right people so you could spend your time on other pressing IT/business alignment issues?

Do These Situations Sound Familiar?

• Your company recently merged with a rival. Your centralized applications have used the same standards for years and are consolidated onto an IBM Power Systems platform running AIX and Oracle/SAP, along with several Windows servers. The newly acquired company relied on IBM System i DB2 databases to run critical applications. How do you integrate these organizations without undertaking a costly, year-long integration effort?


• An end-user community needs real-time query access to selected IBM System i production data kept in a DB2/400 database. But they would like this data rendered to a MS SQL Server database that hosts GUIs and applications that they are familiar with.


• A distributor of healthcare products is deploying an e-business Web portal using Windows/SQL Server to allow customers to track and update orders. The application needs to pull and push data in real time to the back-end JDE ERP tool running DB2 on IBM System i.


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