Steve Woodard

Steve Woodard is CEO of Softbase. Founded in 1987, SoftBase is a provider of application testing and tuning solutions for IBM's DB2 database utilizing the OS/390 and z/OS operating systems. SoftBase solutions enable customers to build and maintain high-quality DB2 applications that run as reliably and cost-effectively as possible. SoftBase was founded in 1987 and is recognized globally for our long term service and commitment to our DB2 mainframe customers. SoftBase is a division of Candescent SoftBase LLC.  For more information, go to

Articles by Steve Woodard

The explosion of big data has presented many challenges for today's database administrators (DBAs), who are responsible for managing far more data than ever before. And with more programs being developed and tested, more tools are needed to help optimize data and efficiency efforts. Using techniques such as DB2's Multi-Row Fetch (MRF), DBAs are able to cut down on CPU time - and improve application efficiency. MRF was introduced in DB2 version 8 in 2004. Stated simply, it is the ability for DB2 to send multiple rows back to a requesting program at once, rather than one row at a time.

Posted January 24, 2013