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William McKnight

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I will periodically be sharing my thoughts and observations on information management here in the blog. I am passionate about the effective creation, management and distribution of information for the benefit of company goals, and I'm thrilled to be a part of my clients' growth plans and connect what the industry provides to those goals. I have played many roles, but the perspective I come from is benefit to the end client. I hope the entries can be of some modest benefit to that goal. Please share your thoughts and input to the topics.

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William is the president of McKnight Consulting Group, a firm focused on delivering business value and solving business challenges utilizing proven, streamlined approaches in data warehousing, master data management and business intelligence, all with a focus on data quality and scalable architectures. William functions as strategist, information architect and program manager for complex, high-volume, full life-cycle implementations worldwide. William is a Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a frequent best-practices judge, has authored hundreds of articles and white papers, and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His team's implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. He is a former IT Vice President of a Fortune company, a former software engineer, and holds an MBA. William is author of the book 90 Days to Success in Consulting. Contact William at wmcknight@mcknightcg.com.

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The story goes that Willy Sutton robbed banks because "that's where the money is."  While this attribution appears to be an urban legend, it's no myth that Oracle has a lion's share of databases - both transactional and analytic.

IBM started an advanced land grab for Oracle customer conversions by bringing a high compatibility of PL/SQL into the DB2 database.

Now, Teradata has invested resources in facilitating the migration away from Oracle.  With the Teradata Migration Accelerator (TMA). structure and SQL (PL/SQL) code can be converted to Teradata structures and code. This is a different philosophy from IBM, which requires few code changes for the move, but also doesn't immediately optimize that code for DB2.

While data definition language (DDL) has only minor changes from DBMS to DBMS, such as putting quotes around keywords, Teradata's key activity and opportunity in the migration is to change Oracle cursors to Teradata set-based SQL. 

"Rule sets" - for how to do conversions - can be applied selectivity across the structure and code in the migration.  TMA supports selective data movement, if desired, with WHERE clauses for the data.  TMA also supports multiple users doing a coordinated migration effort.

TMA also works for DB2 migrations.

While it will not do the trick on its own, having these tools, which convinces a shop that the move could be more pain-free than originally thought, will support DBMS migrations.  

Posted April 30, 2012 10:15 AM
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