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Challenge

Documenting and reporting comments contained in each of the mapping objects.

Description

It is crucial to take advantage of the metadata contained in the repository in to
document your Informatica mappings, but the Informatica mappings must be
properly documented to take full advantage of this metadata. This means that
comments must be included at all levels of a mapping, from the mapping itself, down
to the objects and ports within the mapping. With PowerCenter, you can enter
description information for all repository objects, sources, targets, transformations,
etc, but the amount of metadata that you enter should be determined by the
business requirements. You can also drill down to the column level and give
descriptions of the columns in a table if necessary. All information about column size
and scale, datatypes, and primary keys are stored in the repository.

Once the mappings and sessions contain the proper metadata, it is important to
develop a plan for extracting this metadata. PowerCenter provides several ways to
access the metadata contained within the repository. One way of doing this is
through the generic Crystal Reports that are supplied with PowerCenter. These
reports are accessible through the Repository Manager. (Open the Repository
Manager, and click Reports.) You can choose from the following four reports:

Mapping report (map.rpt). Lists source column and transformation details for each
mapping in each folder or repository.

Source and target dependencies report (S2t_dep.rpt). Shows the source and
target dependencies as well as the transformations performed in each mapping.

Target table report (Trg_tbl.rpt). Provides target field transformation expressions,
descriptions, and comments for each target table.

Executed session report (sessions.rpt). Provides information about executed
sessions (such as the number of successful rows) in a particular folder.

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Note: If your mappings contain shortcuts, these will not be displayed in the generic
Crystal Reports. You will have to use the MX2 Views to access the repository, or
create custom SQL view.

In PowerCenter 5.1, you can develop a metadata access strategy using the Metadata
Reporter. The Metadata Reporter allows for customized reporting of all repository
information without direct access to the repository itself. For more information on the
Metadata Reporter, consult Metadata Reporting and Sharing, or the Metadata
Reporter Guide included with the PowerCenter documentation.

A printout of the mapping object flow is also useful for clarifying how objects are
connected. To produce such a printout, arrange the mapping in Designer so the full
mapping appears on the screen, then use Alt+PrtSc to copy the active window to the
clipboard. Use Ctrl+V to paste the copy into a Word document.

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