Informatica MDM Registry Edition version 10.0 HotFix 1 contains enhancements and bug fixes. The highlights of this release include:
1. Improved support for resiliency and clustering
Enhancements include new startup parameters that control the order and timing for a secondary server to take over as primary in the event of the primary server shutting down and improved resilience of Search server in the event of Rule Base server losing connection to the DBMS. Session pooling has also been improved for performance and resiliency.
2. Position-dependent edit lists
This enhancement provides more options for handling organization names appropriately. Position-dependent edit lists tell IIR to only remove or replace a word if it is found in a particular place in the string (beginning, middle or end of the string). For example, by default “COMPANY” is an organization title noise word, but there are organizations with names such as 'The Company Store.' Without this enhancement, deleting “COMPANY” from this name would leave only the word 'STORE' for searching and matching. You can use position-dependent edit lists to tell the system to delete the word “COMPANY” only if it appears at the end of the string.
3. Improvements to populations
New versions of the International and US populations are included with IIR 10.0 HF1. Enhancements in the new versions include better handling of organization names, such as the ability to generate better ranges and keys on the concatenated versions of the original name. In addition, the Arabic standard population had been updated to treat vowels as consonants for uncommon words, to improve key structures for uncommon words.
4. New timeout option for bad searches
Sometimes users enter bad searches that return a huge number of records to the detriment of the performance of the system for other users - for example, they search for a single commonly occurring word, such as “JOHN” in a typical US data set, or for a single letter such as “A”. IIR v10.0 HF1 includes a new environment variable, SSADB_QUERY_TIMEOUT, that can be set for the search server to specify a timeout period for search calls to the database.
Identity Resolution uses Apache ZooKeeper to achieve high availability for Rulebase Servers, updsync utility, and updmulti utility in a distributed environment. High availability refers to the availability of the resources without any service interruption if a failure occurs.
SEARCH and FILE Extended Fields
You can extend any of the key fields and set the weight for the extended fields. The extended fields use the algorithm of the key fields. Use the extended fields to override the weight of the key fields in the run time.
Range Matching on the Date Fields
In the SCORE-LOGIC controls section, you can specify a range for the dates in the search data, the file data, or both to perform matching. The matching returns 100% score if the search data and file data values are within the specified range.
Performance improvements for key generation and matching of 15 to 30%.
Error logging with IDD is improved and search performance options such as candidate-set-size-limit and truncate are now supported within IDD's search interface. Connection stability and error handling is also improved.
Informatica MDM-Registry Edition 9.5.4 is a point release containing enhancements and bug fixes. The highlights of Informatica Identity MDM-Registry Edition version 9.5.4 include:
IR Batch System Configuration Update Utility
Retrieve and update the configuration metadata data of a system (without reloading the system in most cases). Use it to also update IR systems remotely.
In-Place Update API calls for IR Synchronization via the Sync Server
Make a single API call for updating records instead of deletes and adds.
Match a number field in the search record to within +/- value of another number field in the file record.
Log Grabber and Log Formatter Utilities
Consolidate all log files in installation directories into a single file including configuration information using the Log Grabber utility. Convert the file to XML format for easy browser viewing with the Log Formatter utility.
More Matching Options
Use the FILTER_SEARCHVALUES control to specify a list of values to match with the search data field, file data field or both.
LWM Compatibility Enhancement
On upgrading, use the Light Weight Matching feature on existing ASCII based populations from previous versions that have been customised.
Active Directory-Based Authorization
Active Directory can be used as a security provider and can be used for role based authorization (user and admin) for finer control of access to features and configuration settings.
New Clustering Option
Use the new ALL-UNDECIDED-REVIEW option with the BEST clustering method to review all undecided match records for the search record. This option flags the cluster created for the search record and all the existing clusters of the undecided match records.
This is a maintenance release containing new features, enhancements and bug fixes. The highlights of this release include:
SDF Wizard Deploy Feature: Simplifies the process of system deployment via SDF in a few simple steps all within the SDF Wizard.
Log Collection Utilities: To help in the collection, formatting and diagnosis of log messages two new utilities (loggrabr and logfrmat) have been introduced.
Standardized Log Messages and High Resolution Timestamps: All date and time information is clear and easier to read and the timestamp resolution is now at the micro-second level.
HTTP Compression: The XML servers will now use RFC 2616 gzip compression with clients that support it.
HTTP Authentication: Support has been added for RFC 2617 HTTP authentication.
Software Asset Management: Support has been provided for software asset management in the form of ISO/IEC 19770-2 software identification tags.
Trigger Support in Updmulti: Updmulti can now be used where triggers are used to propagate source table updates.Socket Layer Improvements: Improvements to the socket layer to better handle and tolerate variations in network quality. Hence MDM-RE servers and clients are even more resilient and reliable.
Idsdown improvements: Improved responsiveness to shutdown commands issued to servers.
Faster Initial Loads: Improvements enable multiple rows to be fetched during extraction resulting in better performance for initial loads, re-indexing IDTs and create-PID process.
Rule base Server Group Optimizations: A better balance is now achieved across resource utilization and reliability when accessing the DB.
Population Enhancements: A majority of the populations have been enhanced.
IDD GUI Changes: The layout of some of the IDD dialogs has been modified to improve the usability.
Better PID Creation Performance: Default settings have changed for Create PID process to improve performance.
MDM-Registry Edition v9.5.0 HF1 is a maintenance release containing a roll-up of hot fixes and usability enhancements.
Rulebase Server Group
Effective in version 9.5.0 HotFix1, use the rbsgdown utility to shut down Rulebase Servers running in a Rulebase Server Group. The rbsgdown utility automatically identifies the active Rulebase Server in the group and directs the shutdown command to it. Previously, an administrator would need to determine which Rulebase Server was active prior to executing the idsdown script.
Name3 Workbench User Interface
Effective in version 9.5.0 HotFix1, both the Name3 Workbench and Population Override Manager will accept input in both text and hexadecimal form and allow conversion between the two formats. This enhancement facilitates working with multi-byte and Unicode data in scripts such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean without the need to change input locale to enter data in its native character set. Previously, it was necessary to change the input locale to enter data in the native character set.
MDM Registry Edition Persistent-ID
Effective in version 9.5.0 HotFix1, Persistent-ID creation (Tools > Create PID) can use a Multi-Search definition that contains multiple searches. Previously, only a single search was permitted.
Simplified Search: Informatica MDM-Registry Edition 9.5 introduces a new Key Field called the Generic_Field, and a new Match Purpose called Generic. These index Generic data that may contain either of Person Names, Organization Names, Addraesses, or a combination thereof. These new options provide a simplified search experience.
Forced Link and Unlink Rule: This feature provides the ability to explicitly define groups of records representing the same logical entity (Forced Link) or different entities (Forced Unlink). These rules ensure that the manual decisions are maintained, even when subsequent updates occur to the specified entities during Synchronization processing.
Security: Introduces a new generic Security Layer to perform user authentication against external directory services and user repositories The Security Layer enables Role-Based authentication for different categories of users accessing the MDM-RE product.
Persistent-IDs refresh: This release enables users the ability to refresh the Persistent-ID clusters, members, and preferred records.
Synchronization Server - This new server provides Real-Time Synchronization capabilities for clients. The server employs multithreaded techniques to maximize throughput.
Real Time Synchronization - The Real Time Web Service and the Real time API have been added. Both utilize the Synchronization Server to perform IDT updates and linking in real time.
Notification Service - Users can subscribe to this service to be notified of various changes in the MDM-RE systems.
Auditing - The ability to audit changes to IDTs and Persistent-IDs has been added. Users now have the option to enable auditing of some or all MDM-RE system objects. The audit information is stored in native DB tables.
Code Keys - SSA-Name3 fuzzy matching technology has been extended to handle specific data types more efficiently. These data types include SSN, telephone numbers, license numbers, and so on. A new population is required to take advantage of Code Keys.
Multithreaded synchronization - The Synchronization Server makes extensive use of multithreading to maximise throughput.
System definition wizard updated to support advanced options.