There is a nice story in IBM’s Performance Perspectives Newsletter about an IBM business partner called GUS Group who are based in Cologne, Germany. GUS Group have developed an ERP system that runs on IBM DB2 database and IBM System x hardware. Their ERP solution stores all data that they want to make available for data exchange in XML format. They evaluated all the XML-capable databases in the market and determined that IBM’s DB2 offered the best technology for this application. One principal reasons they chose DB2 pureXML is because of the ability to easily work with both XML and relational data in the same database. You can read the article in full at:

A nice success story from UCLA Health System recently appeared on the IBM Web site. UCLA Health System use DB2 pureXML and WebSphere products to improve the processes involved in data integration and data migration for their patient-oriented document systems. They are reporting some great benefits from working with native XML storage, including:

  • A 70% reduction in number of database staff needed to add new schemas and data into the system.
  • An 82% decrease in number of database tables that administrators must manage.
  • A reduction in the time required to add new medical forms from 2 weeks to less than 2 hours.

Li Cui from UCLA Health System is quoted as saying that:

    “The use of DB2 pureXML simplifies database management. It is almost maintenance free and the robustness of the system and the simplicity of the design are satisfying. Usually DBAs are hesitant to use a new system, but not in this case.”

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The current economic climate–and its impact on IT budgets–is spurring a strong interest in cloud computing. The pay-as-you-use models for compute, storage, and software resources are becomming increasingly attractive. And the flexibility to scale-on-demand is a nice additional benefit. My colleague Rav Ahuja is hosting a free Chat with the Labs session for anyone who wants to learn more about DB2 and coud computing. In this session, he will:

  • Introduce cloud computing, its benefits, and IBM cloud strategy
  • Cover usage scenarios for running DB2 in a Cloud
  • Describe various Cloud deployment options for DB2 and offerings on Amazon EC2
  • Talk with business partners leveraging clouds for DB2-based solutions

It will be a one hour session followed by 15-25 minutes of Q&A. The start time for the session is Wed, Mar 25, 1:00 PM Eastern / 12:00 PM Central / 10:00 AM Pacific. To attend this session, register at the following site:

ACORD is a standards-development organization in the insurance industry. They have developed a set of well adopted XML-based standards. If you work with information in the ACORD format, I have compiled a short list of resources that may be useful for you: