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KBC UNICODE: Train is on the Rails (A12)

Topic: 2008 EU

Subtopic: DB2 for z/OS



DATE: 2008-10-15 (16:15 - 17:15)
SPEAKERS: Jan Tielemans (KBC Global Services NV)

KBC Group is expanding its business to the East Europe landscape. The ICT division had the challenge to build a common application portfolio for Poland and Belgium, with the option that other daughters from other countries could also join this application portfolio... this was the call for UNICODE applications. Since our data resorts on DB2 for z/OS, we were confronted with converting EBCDIC data to UNICODE as well as building new application for accessing UNICODE data. After a short intro on what is Unicode, we will talk about our choice for UTF-16 and discuss in more detail our experience on the various DB2 - Unicode - z/OS conversion services items/problems on which we got involved.

EXP. LEVEL: Intermediate

OBJECTIVES:

Why unicode can be important for your company

Considerations for choosing unicode utf-16

DB2 Performance impact for Unicode applications

Design guidelines for Unicode applications

General recommendations and experiances with unicode



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