SoftBase Systems, a leading developer of DB2 tools and utilities, will showcase the newest release of DGF this week at the International DB2 User Group’s (IDUG) annual North America conference. DGF is a multifaceted utility designed to simplify and streamline the management of test data for mainframe development and testing environments. Scheduled for general availability early in the third quarter, version 4.1 will offer a variety of new features that will enhance the program’s functionality and ease of use for end users.

DGF allows users to generate, subset and extract test data, keep data private, edit data and automate data comparisons. The most popular feature of DGF, called SLICE (patent-pending), allows multiple testers to access the same test tables without interfering with each other, a first in the industry.

SoftBase also plans to highlight the data privacy features of DGF. Resulting from legislation and common sense business practices, data privacy has become a priority for all businesses. Companies that test internally developed applications by using samples of existing “real-life” data are learning that there are potential liabilities for not putting stringent privacy measures in place. In terms of building a complete system test environment, DGF simplifies the creation of pertinent test data and keeps sensitive information private.

As Blair explained, “Data privacy is an issue that touches everyone in every industry. Even regulations like HIPPA and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act are obvious in our day-to-day lives you can’t go to the doctor or the bank without being given a form to sign regarding privacy. To answer this concern in our market, we incorporated some unique masking features in DGF that allows the user to retain the integrity of the original data while protecting it from prying eyes or unscrupulous use. This is extremely valuable for customers. It’s helpful for all forms of data testing and guarantees compliance with privacy legislation.”

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