IBM Data and AI Ideas Portal for Clients

Shape the future of IBM!

We invite you to shape the future of IBM, including product roadmaps, by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Here's how it works:

Post your ideas

If you have not registered on this portal please register at . To complete registration you will need to open the email you will receive from Aha to confirm your identity.

Post ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted and upvote them if they matter to you,

  1. Post an idea

  2. Upvote ideas that matter most to you

  3. Get feedback from the IBM team to refine your idea

Help IBM prioritize your ideas and requests

The IBM team may need your help to refine the ideas so they may ask for more information or feedback. The offering manager team will then decide if they can begin working on your idea. If they can start during the next development cycle, they will put the idea on the priority list. Each team at IBM works on a different schedule, where some ideas can be implemented right away, others may be placed on a different schedule.

Receive notification on the decision

Some ideas can be implemented at IBM, while others may not fit within the development plans for the product. In either case, the team will let you know as soon as possible. In some cases, we may be able to find alternatives for ideas which cannot be implemented in a reasonable time.

Additional Information

To view our roadmaps:

Reminder: This is not the place to submit defects or support needs, please use normal support channel for these cases

IBM Employees:

The correct URL for entering your ideas is:

Increase Database Name Length Restriction

Real Life Scenario:

With Devops and the introduction of "Infrastructure as Code", a database build can be done via Helm Charts, K8's, Cloudformation templates, etc. Automation can dramatically increase how often a database is built and how many clones that database may have. Because of this, a DBA has a need for a predetermined database naming convention. This naming convention can contain shorthand or abbreviations for environment type (i.e. Dev), project swim lanes (i.e. second copy of Dev for a new feature), build type (docker container vs. EC2), etc. These names can dictate what type of reporting, maintenance, development will hit that database.

Pain Point:

It is difficult to come up with a naming nomenclature with an 8 character database name limit. This is leading to extra coding on the management side (i.e. k8), documentation linking some numerical value to a project or devision, manual note taking, etc. Right now, SQL Server can have a 128 character limit, Oracle has a 30 character limit, mySQL has a 63 character limit. So when we try to come up with a naming convention that spans database types, we are limited to 8 characters. This may not be possible with z/OS, but should definitely be available for LUW especially if the DBA is pitching Db2 as an option for a microservice.

Users impacted:

In this specific scenario it takes at least two (DBA and system engineer) working together on each new database creation to come up with a feasible name and to maintain 1-2 extra documents manually. In a Devops shop with many database iterations this is a waste of time and resources.


  • This brings you more in line with your competitors

  • This allows a naming convention that is more devops friendly

  • This modernizes the database architecture.

  • Guest
  • Sep 9 2020
  • Future consideration
Who would benefit from this IDEA? Database Administrators, Developers, Devops Engineers
Priority Justification Definitely not High, but important to stay in line with competitors especially in a devops shop or if you are trying to attract developers
Client Name Sherwin-Williams
How should it work?

Proposed Solution:

Increase the database naming length to AT LEAST 12 characters. Preferably 16 or 24 and more if you want to stay in line with competition.


  • This brings you more in line with your competitors

  • This allows a naming convention that is more devops friendly

  • This modernizes the database architecture.

Idea Priority Medium

IBM's success depends on gathering feedback from customers like yourself. Aha Ideas Portal is the third party tool through which IBM Offering Managers gather feedback from customers such as yourself.
IBM is a global organization with business processes, management structures, technical systems and service provider networks that cross borders. As such, the information collected through Aha Ideas Portal (Customer Name, Customer Email Address) will be stored by them in the United States, and handled only as per IBM's instructions and policies. Your data (Name and Email Address) will NOT be shared with other IBM customers.
In order to safeguard your information in Aha, do not leave your workstation unattended while using this application, log off after using it, and print only if necessary. If you need to make a hardcopy, remember to pick up the print-out immediately, keep it under lock, and destroy it immediately when no longer needed.
NOTICE TO EU RESIDENTS: per EU Data Protection Policy, if you wish to remove your personal information from the IBM ideas portal, please login to the ideas portal using your previously registered information then change your email to "anonymous@euprivacy.out" and first name to "anonymous" and last name to "anonymous". This will ensure that IBM will not send any emails to you about all idea submissions