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Informatica PowerExchange for VSAM

On-demand Access to Enterprise Data

Informatica PowerExchange® for VSAM is part of Informatica’s extensive PowerExchange family of universal data
access and delivery products. By interfacing seamlessly with Informatica PowerCenter®, PowerExchange for VSAM
enables any organization to deliver data managed in VSAM data sets to multiple strategic IT initiatives—from data
marts to operational data stores, for data integration, consolidation, migration, and synchronization—or move data
into applications built on VSAM from other data sources as needed.

BENEFITS PowerExchange—for Integrating Applications and Data

• Enables business events—not Many organizations have learned just how challenging it can be to unlock z/OS-based data
technology—to drive integration contained in VSAM and sequential files or for use throughout the organization.
processes through patented
Change Data Capture Option Coding custom integration logic requires VSAM domain expertise and other scarce mainframe
that works both in batch and skills. Whenever integration requirements include access to data managed by packaged
under CICS TS applications, passed via message-oriented middleware, or exposed as Web services, additional
hard-to-find technical talent will be needed—increasing cost and risk. As data volumes grow
• Provides reliable, once-only beyond the point where batch windows can cope, more advanced solutions can be built on date
delivery with unmatched stamps or similar techniques—but using these methods is complex and can have unacceptable
resilience to failure via tight production impact. Add the recurring costs needed to maintain this logic—as the underlying
PowerCenter integration and VSAM structures change, as the surrounding applications are enhanced, and as the supporting
transactional VSAM access IT environment evolves—and the drawbacks of this approach become clear.

PowerExchange for VSAM overcomes these obstacles.

• Supports compliance initiatives
during development and It lets PowerCenter directly read and write VSAM and sequential files. Its patented CDC Option
execution through strict supports high volume and low latency integration scenarios by capturing VSAM updates as they
enforcement of VSAM security occur—whether in batch or under CICS TS—and sending them to PowerCenter without
constraints (via z/OS SAF) and depending on intermediate message queues or staging tables. Committed updates are delivered,
data encryption in sequence, with the kind of reliability that can come only with an integrated platform. And there’s
no code to develop, so integration interfaces can be developed faster and more reliably, whether
• Enhances organizational agility, they require access to message-oriented middleware, mainframe, midrange, or relational
lowers costs and improves time- databases, service-oriented architecture and Web services, or packaged applications. One family
to-results by eliminating costly of products, using one set of skills, accesses them all.
manual coding and reducing
requirements for VSAM skills The advantages of PowerExchange don’t stop there. Each member of the PowerExchange family
automatically captures relevant metadata from its sources and targets and shares it with the rest
• Delivers high performance and of the Informatica platform. Proposed changes can be assessed rapidly and implemented with
robust operation, opening VSAM confidence, and the same metadata can help resolve questions of data lineage that often arise in
to the rest of the enterprise audit and compliance exercises—one more advantage of the Informatica data integration

Greater agility. Better results. PowerExchange. For VSAM—and your organization.

PowerExchange for VSAM Key Features and Benefits
Event-driven Integration with Reliable Data seamlessly integrating it with metadata
the Change Data Capture Synchronization, from other PowerExchange data sources
and targets to support the entire data
(CDC) Option Replication—and More
integration life cycle. During development
Business events such as hiring a new PowerExchange and PowerCenter can this metadata is used to guide data access
employee or shipping a customer order support sophisticated data replication and and conversion. As changes occur—
can’t always wait for nightly windows. The synchronization requirements involving whether in supported file types or in the
CDC Option is a high-performance, non- complex conflict resolution decisions. Data sources and targets surrounding them—
invasive way to detect these events as is captured just once, but it can be this metadata helps keep maintenance
soon as they happen, filter them for delivered to multiple heterogeneous costs down by enabling fast, error-free
relevance, and deliver them to databases with no queuing middleware or impact assessment that is unavailable with
PowerCenter—in the proper sequence and intermediate staging of data in files or hand-coded integration techniques.
without drop-outs or duplicates. databases. Moreover, as the range of
Represented as trusted, committed VSAM integration projects broadens to include VSAM Integration Support
updates, business events can be pushed in more sources and targets—from additional
real-time to PowerCenter, or condensed by databases to comprehensive service- Batch: VSAM (KSDS, ESDS, RRDS),
PowerExchange and pulled by oriented architectures (SOA) to packaged QSAM, PDS members, and IAM files can
PowerCenter in batches whenever desired. applications—total costs are kept lower be accessed.
PowerCenter can then enrich and because the same Informatica platform CICS TS: VSAM (KSDS, ESDS, RRDS)
transform the captured update, handing it products and familiar skills support files can be accessed.
off to PowerExchange to trickle-feed into integration scenarios far beyond the CDC Option: offers two ways to capture
an operational database or data capabilities of point synchronization or VSAM changes. In batch the CDC Option
warehouse, pass it to a packaged replication solutions. captures changes via the VSAM JRNAD
application, send it to a Web service, or exit—no application changes are needed.
Under CICS TS, a published set of CICS
deliver it to any other target in the Automated Metadata Capture
PowerExchange family. IT infrastructure exits is used.
cost can be lowered by reducing data Informatica PowerExchange for VSAM
volumes and by using IFLs or commodity automatically captures all available
CPU capacity for data transformation metadata from COBOL or PL/1 copybooks
instead of consuming high-priced MIPS. and delivers it to the Informatica repository,

About the Informatica PowerExchange Family

Informatica PowerExchange® is a family of universal data access and delivery products from Informatica. It gives Informatica PowerCenter® bi-directional
access to popular ERP and CRM systems, relational and non-relational databases, mainframe and midrange systems, message queuing systems, Web services,
and many other enterprise sources and targets. Seamless integration with PowerCenter and metadata-driven development support a drag-and-drop interface
that eliminates hand-built integration code, delivers fast and reliable data movement, and supports enterprise-wide initiatives for data quality, internal audit, and
regulatory compliance. The PowerExchange CDC Option delivers trusted database updates through PowerCenter to any PowerExchange target, supporting
sophisticated right-time data integration strategies and batch-oriented techniques. PowerExchange truly is the foundation of any organization’s data integration
strategy. For more information, please visit

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