DB2 As A Web Services Provider

(Originally posted 2006-03-30.)

I present at conferences on what I call New World DB2 application performance, by which I mean such things as Stored Procedures, SAP R/3 and BW, Distributed (DDF) and JDBC. I do this because I think us mainframe performance people need to lead conversations on DB2 application performance that actually acknowledge what the installation is trying to do with DB2. Often it’s not the common or garden CICS or Batch application anymore. Instead it’s the new Data Warehouse or ERP system. And we need to be equipped for that.

Here’s a good example of a new thing installations will be doing with DB2…

APAR PQ91315 introduces the WORF (Web Services Object Runtime Framework) feature. Yeah, I know it should be WSORF but I don’t get to make up the acronyms. 🙂

WORF enables both DB2 V7 and V8 to support a Web Services Provider capability.

If you want a reasonable idea of what Web Services is look at A Web Services Primer. I guess the point is that DB2 is adding all sorts of new-fangled application support, including XML and things like this that are built on XML.

And it’s worthwhile knowing that WORF makes use of a Unix System Services hierarchical file system structure. And creating that is what the pre-conditioning APAR (PK19732) is all about.

Published by Martin Packer

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