IBM Touts DB2 Client Migrations, Channel Adoptions

IBM Corp. said that in the past year, since its introduction of DB2 9.7, it has attracted a number of new clients and partners to the platform, offering that some 500 solution providers have adopted the technology, and touted the competitive migrations it has won from Oracle Corp's Database 11g installations.

Last week, the vendor said that it expects a new SQL Skin feature of the DB2 software, co-developed with Ants Software Inc., a database migration specialist, designed to ease risks associated with moving legacy systems from Sybase's Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database software platform, will lure more clients into the fold.

IBM made the disclosures at its Information on Demand conference in Rome, attended by some 2,500 customers and partners.

"We understand the pressures that clients face to increase the overall performance of their organization, streamline their processes while also reducing costs," said Arvind Krishna, IBM Information Management general manager.

The vendor said that business partners such as Perficient Inc., Synopsis SA and Odyssey Financial Technologies Inc. have adopted the DB2 platform, citing lower costs, ease of use and greater return-on-investment for their clients.

IBM officials said that the vendor has won over new customers to the database platform from a variety of industries, including healthcare, energy and financial.

New DB2 customers include Pep Boys, a Philadelphia, PA-based, 580-store automotive retail chain, and BJC HealthCare, a $3.2 billion, St.Louis, MO-based medical organization. Both companies said that they migrated from Sybase ASE to DB2 using the SQL Skin feature.

"We are eager to eliminate unnecessary costs by reducing the level of complexity our IT staff need to support," said Tom Holdener, BJC lead architect.

Pep Boys said that it participated in the SQL Skin beta program, moving its special order parts application to DB2. The company's goal was to consolidate its database systems to reduce administrative costs, officials said.

IBM also said that it has signed DB2 deals with Faith Industry, an Isemia, Italy-based online retailer, and ABSA Bank, a South African financial services organization. 

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