AgriBank, FCB is the wholesale lender and provider o business services or Farm Credit Services. Owned byits armer members, AgriBank is made up o approximately 17 co-operative midwestern banks and doesnot oer checking or savings accounts. Their primary unction is mortgage, operating and machinery. Interms o systems, data access and Application Interaces (APIs) are most important, as many o the separatebanks under the AgriBank umbrella have their own IS shops. AgriBank has a single loan servicing systemand a single general ledger system that all o the co-op banks use. Thereore, they needed a solution thatprovided the ability to eectively test stored procedures related to the development o data access APIs,consolidate variable solutions into one, and help increase productivity.
AgriBank is a relatively small shop that supports a large DB2 data warehouse. There are various applicationsthat utilize their data access APIs, ranging rom Java and .Net, to CICS and ASP.AgriBank’s database environment had limitations and was unable to handle a multitude o result sets. PaulRunquist, development manager, AgriBank, FCB explained, “Frankly, we were pushed with how to test storedprocedures in the DB2 environment. You can certainly write a COBOL program, but that really doesn’t testhow a stored procedure is going to be used. You’re not really testing a remote application accessing astored procedure through an ODBC call with a COBOL program.”Runquist continued, “For the irst couple o years, we struggled with using MS Access—basically justbuilding a call string and calling that stored procedure. However, MS Access is very limited and it can’thandle multiple result sets. As time went on, that became more and more o an issue or us because mosto our stored procedures are multiple result sets, and that made testing a challenge.”
The Quest Solution
While attending a tech conerence, Runquist stopped by the Quest booth and ound a solution that hecouldn’t turn down—Quest Central® or DB2. The decision was easy, and Runquist was impressed by severalthings: the solution provided the ability to test stored procedures, it oered everything he needed in justone package, and the GUI interace was superior to an outdated green screen. “We didn’t bother looking atany other solutions ater we saw Quest Central or DB2. The stored procedure testing has made a dramaticimprovement on our process. It provided everything we needed in one package, and I was looking orsomething that was a little easier or my developers to use. Also, we are in the new millennium here—andhaving a GUI interace is a lot better than a green screen. Plus, the price it our needs,” Runquist commented.
Quest Central® for DB2 Provides a Single Solution forAgriBank’s Database Needs
“We didn’t bother looking at any other solutions after we saw Quest Central for DB2. The stored procedure testing has madea dramatic improvement on our process.It provided everything we needed in one package, and I was looking for somethingthat was a little easier for my developersto use.”
- Paul Runquist,Development Manager,AgriBank, FCB
St. Paul, Minnesota
Wholesale lender and provider o business services or Farm Credit Services
A z/OS DB2 solution that could efectivelytest stored procedures that relate tothe development o data access APIs,consolidate variable solutions into oneand increase productivity
Quest Central or DB2 (DatabaseAdministration and SQL Tuningcomponents)
• Consolidated several solutions into one• Increased productivity• Automated stored procedure testing toreplace manual processes• Provided a user-riendly GUI interaceinstead o a green screen• Handled multiple result sets