You might have missed it as part of this week's IBM i 7.1 technology refresh announcement...
IBM DB2 Web Query has been updated and enhanced!
According to the announcement letter, DB2 Web Query version 2.1 will be available with a new product structure to simplify packaging. The product is now available as either an Express or a Standard offering.
The new version also includes a focus on more granular user security with an entirely new user security center, a new core-based pricing model, enhancements to user interfaces, and improved mobility support. The "IBM i for BI" packaged solution is also enhanced to include DB2 Web Query Standard Edition V2.
From my perspective, DB2 Web Query can and should play a significant role in getting additional value out of your data, as well be a corner stone in a QUERY/400 modernization strategy (more on that idea in a future post). If you are pulling data out of IBM i because "other" platforms offer more bells and whistles, STOP. There is a better and more efficient way to leverage your investment in business logic and existing databases.
If you have not looked into DB2 Web Query as part of your business intelligence and analytics portfolio, now is the time to do so. If you have considered DB2 Web Query and have questions, concerns or issues, reach out to us - we're here to help you get the most out of DB2 for i. If you have some DB2 Web Query success stories or ideas, hit me in the comments.