"Directly access" without compromising "enterprise security", yeah...
Security, if any, needs to be enforced at the database level, and access credentials are sent from the client side as well.
First "enterprise", now "Web 2.0"...
Bah, those old-fashioned resource mappings which (try to) expose only the data subsets relevant to the application front-end...
But now we can unleash the full power of SQL: free queries to all our databases for everyone in the fantastic world of Web 2.0!
Great work IBM! Now please convince some of your many banking customers to deploy this fantastic technology on their Internet-facing web servers, and we'll be happy to "benefit from a general purpose API for accessing relational data" directly from Firebug, thanks!