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Powercenter 8

Powercenter 8

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Enhancements in Powercenter 8.6 to 8.5
Informatica has released its latest version 8.6 covering all the hot fixes it released for the prior version 8.5 and including few new features. Since version 8, a Unified AdminConsole has been designed for managing Integration and Repository services. These werediscussed in earlier Blogs.What does PowerCenter 8.6 bring new for the developers? Let us discuss PowerCenter 8.6 Client enhancements which will be useful to the developers. 
1. Creating Targets from Transformations
We can create targets based on transformations in the workspace or navigator.To create a target,1. Right-click the transformation in the workspace and select the Create and AddTarget option.2. Alternatively, we can drag and drop the transformation in the Target Designer.The target that is created has the same port definitions as the transformation from which itwas created. We can edit the target definitions later. In addition, the target type is thesame as that of the repository used. 
2. Invalid/Invalidated renamed
In PowerCenter 7, the two states of objects were known as
Invalid
and
Invalidated.
 The exact meaning of these states is as follows:Invalid – an object will not run,Invalidated – an object may be invalid or may not run.The difference between the two terms was not very clear. Therefore, to avoid anyconfusion, in PowerCenter 8.6, the two states have been renamed as
Invalid
and
Impacted
. While the Invalid state still implies that an object will not run, Impactedmeans that an object is affected by a change, and therefore, may not run.Apart from the naming convention the icons are also changed in PowerCenter 8. 
 
3. Propagating Port Descriptions
In the Designer, in addition to the other properties of port propagation, we can edit a portdescription and propagate the description to other transformations in the mapping.
4. Environment SQL Enhancements
In PowerCenter 8, environment SQL can be used to execute an SQL statement at the beginning of each transaction. The Integration Service executes transaction environmentSQL at the beginning of each transaction. Environment SQL can still be used to executean SQL statement at each connection to the database.Use SQL commands that depend upon a transaction being opened during the entire reador write process. For example, the following SQL command modifies how the sessionhandles characters:
ALTER SESSION SET NLS_LENGTH_SEMANTICS=CHAR 
5. Flat File Enhancements
PowerCenter 8 includes enhancements for handling flat files. Some of these improve performance.Flat files can now use Integer or Double data types.In addition, target partitions can be merged.
2. PowerCenter Repository
The PowerCenter Repository is one of best metadata storage among all ETL products.The repository is sufficiently normalized to store metadata at a very detail level; which inturn means the Updates to the repository are very quick and the overall Team-basedDevelopment is smooth. The repository data structure is also useful for the users to doanalysis and reporting.
 
Accessibility to the repository through MX views and SDK kit extends the repositoriescapability from a simple storage of technical data to a database for analysis of the ETLmetadata.PowerCenter Repository is a collection of 355 tables which can be created on any major relational database. The kinds of information that are stored in the repository are,1.Repository configuration details2.Mappings3.Workflows4.User Security5.Process Data of session runsFor a quick understanding,When a user creates a folder, corresponding entries are made into table OPB_SUBJECT;attributes like folder name, owner id, type of the folder like shared or not are all stored.When we create\import sources and define field names, datatypes etc in source analyzer entries are made into opb_src and OPB_SRC_FLD.When target and related fields are created/imported from any database entries are madeinto tables like OPB_TARG and OPB_TARG_FLD.Table OPB_MAPPING stores mapping attributes like Mapping Name, Folder Id, Validstatus and mapping comments.Table OPB_WIDGET stores attributes like widget type, widget name, comments etc.Widgets are nothing but the Transformations which Informatica internally calls them asWidgets.Table OPB_SESSION stores configurations related to a session task and tableOPB_CNX_ATTR stores information related to connection objects.Table OPB_WFLOW_RUN stores process details like workflow name, workflow startedtime, workflow completed time, server node it ran etc.REP_ALL_SOURCES, REP_ALL_TARGETS and REP_ALL_MAPPINGS are few of the many views created over these tables.

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