Friday, July 30, 2010

Implementer 2010 is Here

MKS just released Implementer 2010 today, which features over 100 separate improvements. Implementer is an integral part of our MKS Integrity offering that focuses on the change control and ALM needs of the IBM i community. Our development team and many others worked very hard on the project to meet both quality and schedule commitments. Kudos are in order for all.

As a product manager here at MKS my sense of timing could come into question on this release. I planned (or perhaps did not plan) this release to coincide with the last day of our fiscal quarter (a hectic time for some), before a holiday weekend in Canada (where corporate HQ is), and right before I go away for a "staycation" in downtown Chicago next week. No big deal... I had great confidence in the team to deliver the release on time. Our development team may have other words for this. In the end, the release rolled out very smoothly. I spent the last couple days crossing t's and dotting i's and getting in the way. One change to our roll-out plan this time around was the addition of an "update social media" activity. So here I am blogging away on a Friday night, now that the release is on the shelf.

Here are some of the nuts and bolts of the release. First and foremost, the features in this release were driven by listening to our customers and working closely with IBM on the latest release of the IBM i operating system. This new release is chock full of support for and utilization of new IBM i 7.1 capabilities like data encryption (SQL field procedures), solid state devices (SSDs), new SQL XML data type, and SQL Alter Table changes. On the integrations front, support is included for LANSA 12 and IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems 7.6 (and 7.5). Numerous improvements in our CA 2E support have also been made. Host-based developers will also notice improvements when checking out, compiling, promoting, rejecting locks, and working with projects. Expanded support for SQL will help those modernizing their applications and development practices. And for our Japanese customers, the RD for Power integration (including RDi and WDSC) has been translated into Japanese and now supports DBCS development. CCSID 1399 is also supported. There is more, but that hits most of the high points.

Over the last couple of years I had requested via the Common User Group and in passing conversations with IBM DB2 gurus Kent Milligan and Mike Cain to change SQL Alter Table to support inserting columns somewhere besides the end of the table.... So not long ago I had a thought. SQL Tables should be able to be altered and retain the column order of another table. I told IBM. Now look at IBM i 7.1. I told them what to do and they did it. I'm Marty Acks. I'm a Power System and IBM i 7.1 was my idea.. When I start channeling Microsoft commercials something is wrong in the world.

Registered customers can find out more about Implementer 2010 at the MKS Customer Community at Others can check us out at or feel free to contact me directly at

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