By PenchalaRaju.Yanamala Enhancments in informatica 8.6 Version : 1.

Target from Transformation :In Infa 8 we can create target from transformation by dragging transformation in Target designer 2. Pushdown optimization : Uses increased performance by pushing transformation logic to the database by analyzing the transformations and issuing SQL statements to sources and targets. Only processes any transformation logic that it cannot push to the database. 3. New function in expression editor :New function have been introduced in informatica 8 like reg_extract and reg_match 4. Repository query available in both versioned and non versioned repositories previously it was available only for versioned repository 5. UDF (User defined function) similar to macro in excel 6. FTP :We can have partitioned FTP targets and Indirect FTP filesource(with file list). 7. ropagating Port Descriptions : In Infa 8 we can edit a port description and propagate the description to other transformations in the mapping. 8. Environment SQL Enhancements : Environment SQL can still be used to execute an SQL statement at start of connection to the database. We can Use SQL commands that depend upon a transaction being opened during the entire read or write process. For example, the following SQL command modifies how the session handles characters: Alter session set NLS_DATE_FORMAT='DD/MM/YYYY';". 9. Concurrently write to multiple files in a session with partitioned targets. 10. Flat File Enhancements :
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Reduced conversion of data types Delimited file performance has improved Flat file now can have integer and double data types Data can be appended to existing flat files

These are the New Features Of Informatica 8.1.1 :: 1--> Informatica PowerCenter 8 is service-oriented for modularity, scalability and flexibility. 2--> The Repository Service and Integration Service (as replacement for Rep Serverand Informatica Server) can be run on different computers in a network (so called nodes), even redundantly. 3--> Management is centralized, that means services can be started and stopped on nodes via a central web interface. 4-->Client Tools access the repository via that centralized machine, resources are distributed dynamically. 5-->It has a support for unstructured data which includes spreadsheets, email,Microsoft Word files, presentations and .PDF documents. It provides high availability, seamless fail over, eliminating single points of failure.

6-->Informatica has now added more tightly integrated data profiling, cleansing, and matching capabilities. 7-->A new web based administrative console has been added. 8-->Java transformation is introduced. 9-->Ability to write a Custom Transformation in C++ or Java. 10-->Dynamic configuration of caches and partitioning INFORMATICA 8.6 ENHANCEMENTS FOR DEVELOPERS – 1 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 Admin Console has been designed for managing Integration and Repository services. These were discussed 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 Add Target 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 it was created. We can edit the target definitions later. In addition, the target type is the same as that of the repository used. 2. Invalid/Invalidated renamed In PowerCenter 7, the two states of objects were known asInvalid 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 any confusion, 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, Impacted means 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 port description 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 environment SQL at the beginning of each transaction. Environment SQL can still be used to execute an SQL statement at each connection to the database. Use SQL commands that depend upon a transaction being opened during the entire read or write process. For example, the following SQL command modifies how the session handles 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. The flat file target merge options include: The differene is, java and sql transformation is included data quality is increased performance speed of loading the data mappings can be viewed through web applications 1. It supports Web Services. 2. Looping Concept is possible in Informatica 8.1.1 3. Auto Cache(Lookup, Aggergator, Rank, Joiner] 4. JAVA Transformation is avaliable in 8.1.1. The Site is look more attractive than 7.1 Informatica 7.1: Doesnot supports service oriented architecture & Universal data access Dynamic Partitioning & Push Down optimization is not available We cann't define our own userdefined functions where as Informatica 8.1 supports all the above features