By Julian Stuhler
With the advent of DB2 12 for z/OS, IBM has moved to a more agile approach for delivering new function to DB2 customers, known as “continuous delivery”. Major new releases of DB2 will now happen more rarely, with smaller packets of new functionality being delivered via the routine product maintenance process. This allows IBM to develop and release new features much more frequently, thereby reducing “time to value” – a familiar DevOps message.
To allow DB2 customers to absorb this new function in a flexible and efficient way, IBM has also delivered a comprehensive set of capabilities that allow the “function level” of the overall DB2 system to be easily progressed while insulating individual applications from the impact of any changes via the “application compatibility level” set for each program.