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Minimizing Web Development with a Generic DB2 Maintenance Application (E15)

Topic: DB2 for z/OS

Subtopic: 2011



DATE: 2011-5-6 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
SPEAKERS: John Mallonee (Highmark Inc. )

We were faced with the daunting task of modernizing an aging COBOL/mainframe system. This session will describe how we used a simplified, generic DB2 structure to replace the old IMS database. Additionally, you'll see how the use of configuration in the Java maintenance application led to a minimized application footprint and ease for future extension. The application and database design will be depicted to show how we dealt with performance, security, and end user reporting and analytics. The unique database design elements will be featured including index and view design. Finally, you'll hear how we overcame challenges to implement an easier to maintain system with more flexibility and more value to the end user.

EXP. LEVEL: Beginner,Intermediate

OBJECTIVES:

Gain an understanding of the current system and the need for modernization. Learn about the old database and application design as well as the challenges for maintenance.

Learn about our use of a generic design concept to simplify the new application and database.

See how the generic concept was realized from a detailed application design perspective including mainframe (COBOL) and open systems (Java) components.

Discuss the simplified DB2 database design used to support the generic concept. Hear about design considerations taken to implement data maintenance, inquiry, performance, security, reporting, and replication.

Hear how we overcame various challenges and see the practical results of the implementation.



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