IBM Data and AI

Welcome to the IBM Data and AI Ideas Portal for Clients!

We welcome and appreciate your feedback on IBM Data and AI Products to help make them even better than they are today!
Before you submit an idea, please perform a search first as a similar idea may have already been reported in the portal. If a related idea is not yet listed, please create a new idea and include with it a description which includes expected behavior as well as why having this feature would improve the service and how it would address your use case.
IBM Employees:
  • Our team welcomes any feedback and suggestions you have for improving our offerings / products! This forum allows us to connect your offering / product improvement ideas with IBM product and engineering teams.

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

Additional Information:
  • The shorter URL for this site is:

  • To view our roadmaps:

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

  • Please do not use the Ideas Portal for reporting bugs - we ask that you report bugs or issues with the product by contacting IBM support.

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.

  • Avatar32.5fb70cce7410889e661286fd7f1897de Guest
  • Sep 9 2020
  • Submitted
Why is it useful?
Who would benefit from this IDEA? Database Administrators, Developers, Devops Engineers
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
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
Customer Name Sherwin-Williams
  • Attach files

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