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Release Control with PowerCenter at UBS / Switzerland

Release Control with PowerCenter at UBS / Switzerland

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  1. Release Control with PowerCenter at UBS / Switzerland Friedrich Lehn Configuration & Release Manager October 2000

  2. Agenda • Project Overview • PowerCenter Configuration • Configuration Management • Deployment Process • Release Process • Summary

  3. Project Overview UBS • Global, integrated investment services firm offering- the full range of wealth management, asset management, investment banking and securities services- to the full spectrum of clients • World’s largest private bank • Top ten financial services firm by market capitalization- $62 billion dollars • Total client assets of US$1 trillion

  4. Project Overview System Environments • IBM AIX SP2 cluster • DB2 UDB EEE • PowerCenter 1.6 Development Test Production

  5. System of Records Project Overview FilePreprocessing Load Process Conditioning AutoLoader PowerCenter AutoLoader SQL Apply Common Data Warehouse

  6. Project Overview Delivery Stream • Main organizational element • Three letter acronym as base for naming standards • Each delivery stream gets the same infrastructure:UNIX directories, meta data area, PowerCenter folders • Each delivery stream has business responsible, data modeler, database administrator, delivery stream manager • Team size typically between 1 and 5 • Delivery streams release independently from each other

  7. Project Overview System of Records Application Structure Delivery streams: RCL release control tools MDR meta data repository DSF DWP sourcing framework FDS feed specific data processing <SDA> subject data area <MAR> data mart RCL MDR DSF DSF FDS <SDA> ... <SDA> Common Data Warehouse DWP Sourcing Framework ... <MAR> <MAR>

  8. Project Overview Directory Structure • Two areas:/dwp_root UNIX based files, version controlled/dwp_data dynamic data, archival on demand • Additional directory level for the environment in order to support more than one environment on one system • /dwp_root is organized by delivery streams

  9. Project Overview Directory Structure (continued) • /dwp_data is organized by logical processing stepsand by delivery streams • Symbolic links from PowerCenter program areato /dwp_data • Tool support for generation of directories(delta processing, integration with release procedures)

  10. PowerCenter Configuration Design Principles • Start with one single (local) repository • Support different, clearly separated environments with different responsibilities • All environments have identical structure (products, databases, PowerCenter server configurations) • All program changes (UNIX, PowerCenter) are done on the development system • All changes on test and production systems go through the release process and are clearly tracked

  11. PowerCenter Configuration Repository Structure D development S staging V versioning A integration / user acceptance test P production D S V S A S P Server Server Server

  12. PowerCenter Configuration Folder Structure Release area is identical in all environments. user area (avoid shortcuts) team area release area

  13. PowerCenter Configuration Roles and Responsibilities developer development, unit and integration testing delivery stream manager manager, release planning release manager deployment, tracking, configuration control PowerCenter administration session manager session management for test and production systems Role Responsibility

  14. Configuration Management ClearCase • External tool for software configuration management (Rational Corporation) • Powerful version control, work space andbuild management • Same directory structure as in development environment • Fully automated access layer

  15. Configuration Management Why external version control? • Integrate all release specific data:sourcing framework, DDL, documentation, scripts & SQL • Avoid problems with current PowerCenter version mechanism (shortcuts, sessions) • Enable automation of release process • Different responsibilities for different environments • Enforce change tracking

  16. Configuration Management Release Naming • <delivery stream>_<major>.<minor>.<patch> • e. g. ACC_1.0.1 • <major> major release number (high level “wave” planning) • <minor> minor release number (delivery stream development plan) • <patch> patch level (bug fixes, emergency releases)

  17. ACC_1.0.0 /main/2 ACC_1.0.1 /main/3 ACC_1.0.2 RLS_P /main/4 ACC_2.0.0 /main/5 RLS_A Configuration Management Versioning Example reset_acc.sql Labeling Schema: ACC_x.y.z release label RLS_A current version in user acceptance test RLS_P current version in production /main/1

  18. Deployment Process PowerCenter Deployment Facilities • Repository Copy:- via GUI / database backup & restore- trackable (result is a file)- problem: overwrites server configuration • Folder Copy:- only via GUI- and therefore not trackable • Mapping Copy:- only via GUI- used only within development repository

  19. Use combination of both methods: • Introduce staging repositories in all environments • Staging repository is used to separate folder from repository, using the “Folder Copy” method • Staging repository is then deployed using the“Repository Copy” method Deployment Process Approach • “Repository Copy” is the only trackable method • Delivery Streams require folder level deployment

  20. Freeze Receive Deliver Deployment Process Freeze, Deliver and Receive Processes manual folder copy database unload / load automated process delivery package D S V S A S P ClearCase

  21. Deployment Process Repository Unload sub unload { system("db2 connect to $repository user $user using $password"); db2select(\@tables, ”SELECT tabname FROM syscat.tables WHERE tabschema = 'PCSTAGE' and (tabname LIKE 'OPB_%' or tabname LIKE 'REP_%') and type = 'T' ORDER BY tabname"); foreach $table (@tables) { system("db2 export to $table of del modified by coldel0x02 chardel0x03 select \\* from $user.$table”); }; system("tar cvf $tarfile *"); }

  22. Deployment Process Repository Load sub load { system("db2 connect to $repository user $user using $password"); system("tar xvf $tarfile"); foreach $file (("OPB_REPOSIT", "OPB_REPOSIT_INFO")) { system("sed -e 's/CDW_StagingD/$name/g' $file > tmp.out"); system("sed -e 's/DDBPCR/$dbs/g' tmp.out > $file"); } foreach $table (<*>) { system("db2 delete from $user.$table”); system("db2 import from $table of del modified by coldel0x02 chardel0x03 delprioritychar insert into $user.$table”); }; }

  23. Release Process Change Control Board • Responsible for high level planning and impact analysis • Defines release scope and release numbers on baseof delivery streams • Assigns responsibilities (delivery stream manager, data modeler, database administrator, business responsible) • Result is documented in “wave plan” document • Wave plan is base for all subsequent design, implementation and quality assurance tasks

  24. Release Process Release Procedure Responsible 1. Preparation of UNIX and PowerCenter release areas delivery stream manager 2. Issue release request delivery stream manager 3. Create new release (Freeze) release manager- Copy to staging repository, unload- Create / update ClearCase file versions- Create release label and attach to new release 4. Create release package (Deliver) release manager- delta / full processing- lock release in ClearCase 5. Install release (Receive) IT integration / IT operation - Load, copy from staging repository- Post install script 6. Create / update database objects in target environment database administrator 7. Restart PowerCenter server IT integration / IT operation

  25. DSF_1.1.4 A 27-Jul-00.17:32:27 new config files DSF_1.1.3 20-Jul-00.13:16:38 fix for single node load problem DSF_1.1.2 P 19-Jul-00.14:05:30 correct JDM, error handling DSF_1.1.1 18-Jul-00.17:51:19 removed environment dependencies DSF_1.1.0 17-Jul-00.17:11:47 see release notes DSF_1.0.2 11-Jun-00.14:07:01 changed Gen_Environment DSF_1.0.1 09-Jun-00.13:20:03 see release notes DSF_1.0.0 24-May-00.17:48:42 initial version Example: Release Process Release Database • Provide easy-to-use information on all releases • Today: ClearCase based • In future: Integration with meta data repository

  26. Summary Experiences • PowerCenter was successfully introduced at UBS and proved to work well within the sourcing framework • Configuration control with ClearCase is efficient and straight forward • Release process meets the requirements and is efficient(so far ~200 successful releases, effort usually below ½ hour) • Generally little administration overhead although some improvements in PowerCenter would make administrator´sand release manager´s life easier

  27. Summary Wish List • Copy of sessions • Export / import folders via (UNIX) command linefor further automation of release process • Avoid restart after deployment • Logical backups / restores via command line with result on server side (more flexible than database backup, avoid ODBC overhead) • User administration via command line

  28. Contact Information Friedrich Lehn UBS AG, Switzerland phone: +49 171 360 60 84 email: