IBM DB2 Alphablox, V8.2 expands inline analytics platform for your on demand businessIBM United States Software Announcement 204-307
December 14, 2004
|At a glance|
DB2 Alphablox, V8.2 enables rapid customization with a platform of open-standards based components that dramatically decreases the time needed to design, develop, and embed advanced analytics into your particular business processes.
This inline analytics approach allows you to:
- Develop and deploy end-user solutions via custom Web-based applications
- Deliver the rich analytical functionality of underlying multidimensional databases like DB2 OLAP Server and Hyperion Essbase (among others) through the DB2 Alphablox platform
- Deliver the native analytical functionality of underlying relational data through the DB2 Alphablox platform, for instance using DB2 Cube Views or DB2 UDB Data Warehouse Edition (both built on DB2 Universal Database® technology)
- Integrate analytics at the "point of analysis" in ways that are customized to each user's role and context
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DB2® Alphablox for Linux, UNIX® and Windows, V8.2 is optimized for rapid application delivery and deployment, providing a component-based, comprehensive framework for integrating analytics into existing business processes and systems. It maximizes the value of information assets by delivering business insight to the right people at the point of decision.
Full DHTML drag-and-drop Enables end users to drag and drop dimensions within and among GridBlox, PageBlox, and DataLayoutBlox. End users get rich, intuitive, interactive experience in a browser environment without having to install Java, plug-ins, or ActiveX controls.
Enhanced end user analytics functionality
- New histogram charts New histogram charts allow users to display data distribution across a set of customizable groupings.
- 80/20 analysis option Enables end users to quickly identify the subset of values that has a disproportionate impact on the results.
- Users can now also take advantage of the new textual traffic lights to visually flag exceptions on nonnumerical relational data.
Seamless Integration with DB2 Cube Views DB2 Alphablox can import multidimensional metadata from DB2 Cube Views and create corresponding Alphablox relational cubes. These cubes in turn allow users to perform multidimensional analysis against a Cube Views-enabled DB2 database with minimal setup.
Improvements to Alphablox relational cubing engine The Alphablox relational cubing engine now accepts more types of relational schemas, and offers support for additional MDX functions.
Localized to eight new languages DB2 Alphablox is now localized to nine languages including English. As a result, now more DB2 Alphablox end users will have an opportunity to analyze their data in their own native language.
Expands the supported operating system environments Support is now provided for open-source
Linux operating system and 64-bit AIX®. Connectivity to IBM DB2 Information Integrator allows DB2
Alphablox access to diverse data distributed and mainframe, structured and unstructured, public
and private as if it were a single resource, and display it in a single blox regardless of where
the information resides.
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|Planned availability dates|
- December 14, 2004: Electronic software delivery
- December 17, 2004: Media
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DB2 Alphablox is an industry-leading platform for the rapid assembly and broad deployment of integrated analytics embedded within applications. It has an open, extensible architecture based on J2EE (Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition) standards, an industry standard for developing Web-based enterprise applications. It simplifies enterprise application development by automatically handling many details of application behavior without the need for complex programming.
DB2 Alphablox provides various Blox components, which are modular, reusable components, as well as an application framework, a powerful programming model, and a variety of development tools for assembling analytic applications. For its run-time environment, DB2 Alphablox leverages standard J2EE application servers. DB2 Alphablox can be installed on leading commercial J2EE application servers such as WebSphere® and others.
When developing applications with embedded DB2 Alphablox capability, you can take advantage of many features offered by the underlying J2EE application servers, including enhanced performance, security, and personalization. Integration with the application server environment enables application builders to leverage DB2 Alphablox for its base capabilities related to building, deploying, and executing analytic applications, while relying on the application server to provide robust management and deployment services.
DB2 Alphablox enhances the end-user analytics functionality, including support for full DHTML drag-and-drop, Histogram charts, 80/20 analysis, textual traffic lights. DB2 Alphablox V8.2 now offers connectivity to DB2 Cube Views via a metadata bridge and several improvements in the relational cubing engine. Finally, the number of supported operating systems is also expanded to provide you with more choice when integrating inline analytics into your enterprise business processes.
When doing analysis, end users can now take advantage of full DHTML drag-and-drop to intuitively move dimensions across row, column, page, and other areas. There is also underlying user interface model support for drag-and-drop. V8.2 now also supports Histogram as an available chart type for the DHTML client. As for PageBlox, it will now retain the member settings from rows and columns. For traffic light enhancements in this release, there is a new LIKE condition which allows wildcards. There is also a new CONTAINS condition which allows for a substring match. In addition, all existing operators will also work for strings (= >, <, and so on). DB2 Alphablox V8.2 also allows for highlighting of an entire row and column in the user interface.
Relational cubing engine in DB2 Alphablox can now take advantage of DB2 Cube Views via a new metadata bridge that will read DB2 Cube Views metadata and construct a RDB Cube definition. These Relational cubes enable multidimensional analysis against a Cube Views-enabled DB2 database with minimal setup. In addition, the Relational cubing engine will now support Derived and Semi-additive measures. It also offers support for some additional MDX functions. New APIs allow developers in customer and partner organizations to programmatically define and refresh cubes.
DB2 Alphablox V8.2 also expands the number of operating systems supported, most notably with the addition of Red Hat Linux support on x86 hardware, and the addition of support for 64-bit AIX for advanced customers with large scale deployments. Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections of this announcement for specific version support.
Additional native support, beyond the current support for international English, has been added. These new languages include:
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
DB2 Alphablox provides an extensive library of Blox to meet integrated analytic application design requirements for maximum usability. These components include Data access Blox which manage data access.
Because DB2 Alphablox directly accesses the data from your databases, applications leveraging its capabilities will abide by any security features or constraints built into your database. DB2 Alphablox exposes all of the analytic function supplied by the multidimensional database engines (that is, ranking, derived calculations, ordering, sophisticated filtering, percentiles, deciles, variances, standard deviations, correlations, trending, statistical functions, and other sophisticated calculations). In addition, DB2 Alphablox allows end users and application developers to create custom calculated members.
DataBlox also offers APIs to return data in an XML format; this opens the door to extensibility. It also enables delivery of data to XML-enabled clients including cell phones, pagers, and PDAs. Application developers also can expose the data in a Web service and build custom user interfaces.
- User interface Blox, provided by DB2 Alphablox, is highly functional, interactive, and completely customizable to improve your application usability. These user interface elements employ DHTML technology to provide a rich user experience, including menu bars, right-click menus, and custom layouts in a thin client (no need for Java, ActiveX, or other browser plug-ins).
- Form elements Blox, provides elements that are extremely useful in developing custom analytic applications. All the form elements Blox not only maintain the form elements' current state, freeing up developers from writing the extra code, but also link with other components such as JavaBeans, including data access Blox and user interface Blox, to provide most commonly required functionality with minimal coding. Multidimensional database-specific HTML form elements Blox are specialized variations of HTML form elements Blox that know how to work with MDB metadata. For example, DataSourceSelectFormBlox shows a list of all the available data sources in a drop-down list and DimensionSelectFormBlox shows a list of available dimensions for a given data source.
- Business logic Blox provides business logic to facilitate incorporating dynamic, complex business logic into integrated analytic applications.
DB2 Alphablox programming model
DB2 Alphablox supports a standard J2EE application development model, offering a complete development paradigm for application delivery. Within this paradigm, you typically find HTML pages used for static content, JavaServer Pages (JSPs) for dynamic content, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for formatting, and JavaBeans for application and business logic.
- An extensive set of JSP custom tag libraries
- Server-side APIs to the JavaBeans underlying the Blox
- Server-side access to the Blox UI model
DB2 Alphablox provides application developers the ultimate flexibility in customizing the user interface and adding their own business and application logic by exposing every Blox as a JavaBean and allowing programmatic access to those beans through a rich set of Java APIs.
With the DB2 Alphablox tag libraries, JSP authors don't have to know the low-level technical details behind the Blox components; they simply need to know the syntax and function for each Blox. This enables page authors, with no Java experience, to incorporate analytics seamlessly on an intranet or extranet using best-of-breed authoring tools. Each Blox has a comprehensive set of properties that could be easily set using the tags to custom values in the JSP pages. For example, setting the width property in the Blox present tag to "50%" will make this PresentBlox occupy only half of the available horizontal space in the browser.
In addition to the various Blox components and the DB2 Alphablox programming model, DB2 Alphablox also provides a library of development tools and examples to accelerate the application development process. DB2 Alphablox examples are reusable and modifiable, and include prebuilt sample queries for many of the data sources that DB2 Alphablox supports.
Blox Sampler is a rich set of real-world examples that illustrate essential Blox configuration and common Blox manipulation techniques. These examples will guide developers through building DB2 Alphablox applications. The primary goals of the Blox Sampler are to:
- Help application developers understand the various user interface Blox and their behavior
- Provide tips and techniques for solving real-world issues application developers are likely to encounter
- Provide sample code for use in building applications
The DB2 Alphablox Workbench includes the DB2 Alphablox Query Builder, which can be used to manipulate the grid options, layout, queries, and chart type. When application developers get to the view they like, they can generate the JSP tags for the PresentBlox by clicking the Generate Blox Tag button. Those tags can then be easily copied and pasted into their button. Those tags can then be easily copied and pasted into their application. A full set of documentation, including the Javadoc, reference guides, and developer's guides, will be available online in HTML and PDF formats.
Because DB2 Alphablox applications are created using open standards-based technologies (that is,
JavaServer Pages), DB2 Alphablox customers can use any of the extensive selection of Web design
tools and source code control systems available in the market today to develop and manage Alphablox
application code. Thus, a wide variety of developer tools, such as WebSphere Studio Application
Developer, Macromedia's Dreamweaver MX, Adobe's GoLive, Borland's JBuilder, IntelliJ IDEA, BEA
WebLogic Workshop, and Eclipse, can be used in the DB2 Alphablox development process.
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DB2 Alphablox V8.2 continues to enhance the IBM Business Intelligence platform with integration to DB2 Cube Views and improved support for Linux and AIX. Within the DB2 Information Management family, DB2 Alphablox is part of the Business Intelligence segment that includes other products such as DB2 UDB Data Warehouse Edition, DB2 Cube Views, and DB2 OLAP Server.
DB2 Alphablox leverages the full analytical capabilities of the multidimensional DB2 OLAP Server product family to deliver sophisticated analytics to end users in an easy-to-use format. It also is able to work with DB2 Cube Views and DB2 UDB Data Warehouse Edition to add the ability for partners and customers to build custom solutions on top of DB2 UDB DWE, using DB2 Alphablox. DB2 Cube Views enhances the value of that proposition via a metadata bridge that delivers metadata information to DB2 Alphablox via the bridge.
Finally, DB2 Alphablox is also able to access information through DB2 Information Integrator,
allowing partners and customers to build customized analytics into their solutions, while leveraging
the tremendous variety of information that is made accessible through DB2 II.
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|Statement of direction|
In the first half of 2005, DB2 Alphablox support will be extended to include Informix databases. Specifically support will be added for Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) V9.4, to be followed by support for Red Brick Warehouse V6.3. Support for these additional databases further demonstrates IBM's continued investment in both the business intelligence and Informix platforms.
All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal
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- Software Announcement 204-172 , dated July 16, 2004
- Software Announcement 204-226 , dated September 16, 2004
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Publication title Language Form number IBM DB2(R) Alphablox English SC18-9432-00 V8.2 Administrator's Guide IBM DB2 Alphablox English SC18-9433-00 V8.2 Cube Server Administration Guide IBM DB2 Alphablox English SC18-9433-00 V8.2 Developer's Guide IBM DB2 Alphablox English SC18-9435-00 V8.2 Developer's Reference IBM DB2 Alphablox English GC18-9436-00 V8.2 Installation Guide Publication title Language Form number IBM DB2 Alphablox English SC18-9437-00 V8.2 Relational Reporting Developer's Reference IBM DB2 Alphablox English SC18-9438-00 V8.2 What's New
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Specified operating environment
- Sun SPARC
Server operating systems
- Windows 2000 Server with SP2®, or later
- Windows 2003 Server with SP1®, or later
- Sun Solaris 9, Sun Solaris 8, Sun Solaris 7
- AIX® 5L 5.2 (32 bit and 64 bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 on x86 (32 bit)
- WebSphere® 5.1 or WebSphere Express 5.1
- Apache Tomcat 3.2.4
- BEA WebLogic 8.1.1 SP2, or later
- SunOne (iPlanet) 18.104.22.168, or later
- Microsoft IIS 5.0.1, or 6.0
- Apache HTTP Server 1.3.27, or later
Multidimensional data sources
- DB2 OLAP Server 7.1 Fix Pack 11, 8.1 Fix Pack 4 or 8.2
- DB2 OLAP Server Hybrid Analysis 8.1 Fix Pack 4 or 8.2
- DB2 OLAP Integration Server 8.1 Fix Pack 4 or 8.2
- DB2 OLAP Server Deployment Server 8.1 Fix Pack 4 or 8.2
- DB2 Cube Views V8
- Hyperion Essbase 6.5.4, 7.0.1 or 7.1
- Hyperion Essbase Hybrid Analysis 6.5.4, 7.0.1 or 7.1
- Hyperion Essbase Deployment Services (EDS) 6.5.4, 7.0.1 or 7.1
- Hyperion Essbase Integration Services (EIS) 6.5.4, 7.0.1 or 7.1
- Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2000 SP3
Relational data source/Repository
- DB2 UDB V7.2, 8.1.2 (Fix Pack 2), or V8.2
- Oracle 8i, (8.2 minimum), 9i or 10g
- Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP3
- Sybase Adaptive Server 12.0, or 12.5
- DB2 Information Integrator V8.1 Fix Pack 2 or V8.2
- Microsoft IE 5.5, or 6.0 SP1
- Netscape Navigator 7.1 (requires Sun Java Plugin 1.4.2)
- Mozilla 1.4 (requires Sun Java Plugin 1.4.2)
Browser operating systems
- Windows XP Professional SP1
- Windows 2000 Professional SP2
- Windows NT 4 SP6
- Excel XP
- Excel 2000
- Excel 2003
- Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1, or Adobe Reader 6.0
DB2 Alphablox V8.2
- DB2 Alphablox Windows CD
- DB2 Alphablox AIX 32 and 64-bit CD
- DB2 Alphablox Linux CD
- DB2 Alphablox Solaris CD
Security, auditability, and control
IBM DB2 Alphablox for Linux, UNIX®, and Windows uses the security and auditability features of the underlying J2EE application server.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features,
administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication
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In the previous version, DB2 Alphablox V5.6, there was a per-server charge for each relational connector used to connect to non-IBM relational databases. These relational connectors are now included in the base server license. Multidimensional connectors for access to select multidimensional data sources such as DB2 OLAP Server continue to be included in the base product license.
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