Update on the IBM DB2 “SQL Skin” for Migrating from Sybase ASE
Last year, I wrote about how IBM DB2 adds “SQL Skin for Sybase ASE” to Ease Database Migrations. I have been lucky enough to hear from some of the luminaries involved in the SQL Skin, so I thought I would take a few moments to follow up on that blog post.
Don Haderle is known to many as the “father of DB2″. After being Chief Architect for DB2, we went on to achieve the status of IBM Fellow as well as CTO of IBM Information Management. In 2005, Don retired from IBM. He now acts as advisor to several companies, including ANTs Software who partner with IBM to offer the SQL Skin. When asked to recap what the DB2 SQL Skin is, Don describes it as “a building-block technology that seamlessly integrates enterprise applications with the overwhelming amount of data living in legacy data silos. It lets the CIO standardize on the DB2 platform, employ a top notch team of DB2 experts, and eliminate the need to pay for niche expertise or expensive database upgrades.” He goes on to say that “it is revolutionary to be able to consolidate vast amounts of data onto fewer and larger database servers. IBM DB2 SQL Skin for Sybase ASE makes it possible for the forward thinking CIO to coordinate all existing data and offer an overview of business drivers that helps the organization focus on innovating and competing in the marketplace.”
In the past, Sybase had a lot of traction with financial services companies. But now a lot of those companies are re-evaluating their options for their Sybase deployments. Warren Lucas was a much-respected Sales Executive at IBM for 32 years, covering the territory that included Wall Street. He is now also a trusted advisor to ANTs Software. When asked about how the SQL Skin is doing in the marketplace, Warren says that “Wall Street has embraced Sybase ASE in many legacy applications” and goes on to point out that traditionally “many organizations have been afraid of standardizing on an innovative DBMS, like DB2, due to the cost of migration.” Of course, he doesn’t need to add that DB2′s SQL Skin for Sybase ASE helps both lower the cost of migration and reduce the risk associated with migration. When asked if he can tell us about any real world experience with this feature, Warren says that “a large financial services company is already using DB2 SQL Skin for Sybase ASE to consolidate resources, eliminating long migration cycles and months of application rewrites to create a private cloud built on DB2. With this enabling technology, the financial firm will be enable to consolidate their data silos and provide a 360 degree view of their enterprise data store.”
Joe Kozak—the CEO of ANTs Software—adds that “one of SQL Skin’s beta customers, BJC Healthcare, is using the product to migrate two proprietary applications running Sybase over to DB2. Within weeks, and with virtually no changes, BJC will be able to streamline their organization, lower their database license and maintenance costs, and eliminate the need for any Sybase DBA support.”
Thanks Don, Warren, and Joe for the quick update. Its great to hear the good news. You can keep up-to-date on developments with the SQL Skin on Joe Kozak’s Blog.