Join BFF’s at Insight

Posted by admin on October 9, 2014 under DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, Frank Fillmore, IBM Information Management Software Sales, Insight 2014, Oracle, pureScale, TFG Blog. Tags: , .

Excuse the corny wordplay – please!

IBM will again host the annual Break Free Forum (BFF) at the upcoming Insight Conference in Las Vegas (previously known as the Information on Demand Conference).  In addition to many terrific conference sessions, speakers and entertainment, the Break Free Forum is a 2-hour session dedicated to customers considering, and hopefully moving to, DB2.

Frank has been invited to participate on the panel at the Break Free Forum, which is quite an honor.  And, as Frank and I have had the pleasure to work with many of the talented IBM teams that support customers moving to DB2, we will be there with several BFF’s – including Amit Patel, Bill Kincaid and this year’s Break Free Forum host Paul Zikopoulos.

If you are planning to attend the Insight Conference and are interested in joining us at the Break Free Forum, please let me know.  I believe the session is invitation-only, but I am sure coordinator Angie Payton would be happy to send you an invitiation.

“The Top Three Reasons #DB2 is Best!” Webinar Materials

Posted by Frank Fillmore on September 29, 2014 under BLU Acceleration, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, IBM Champion, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Mid Market Customers, Oracle, pureScale. Tags: , , .

Many thanks to my colleague, Kim May, and IBMer Bill Kincaid for an excellent presentation on DB2 for LUW feature/functionality and pricing advantages over competing offerings.  And thank you to the many IBMers and customers that attended.  We received great feedback from you during the poll questions and the Q&A.

To view the webinar click here.

The presentation materials are here: Top Three Reasons DB2 is Best Presention 9.25.14

Win Some, Lose Some – Go O’s!

Posted by admin on September 17, 2014 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, Frank Fillmore, Global Skills Initiative, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Training Services Delivery Partner. Tags: , .

Frank and I attended the Baltimore Orioles game last night.  With the Orioles win (8-2!) the O’s clinched the American League East.  The energy at the game was amazing!  The O’s 2014 season story highlights the importance of a shared team effort, as they overcame the loss of three All-Stars during the season, and consistent leadership, as Manager Buck Showalter calmly rolled through the season focusing on one game at a time.

Sadly for Frank and me, this is the first year we haven’t been able to share Baltimore baseball with any students attending classes at The Fillmore Group.  Unlike the Orioles and their stellar 2014 season, the Global Skills Initiative team continues to talk a good game, while delivering very little.  The losers?  IBM customers needing skills to be successful.

And, unlike baseball, there isn’t necessarily a next year for many IBM customers, as there is growing pressure on IT teams to rapidly implement and support best of breed technologies.  IBM’s products may be the best, but training is the glue needed to make them stick.

Today I am focused on being happy for the O’s and sending greetings to our former students who attended games while in Baltimore for class.  I hope we will have a chance to send you to more games in the future.

The Top Three Reasons DB2 is Best! Webinar, 9/25

Posted by admin on September 15, 2014 under DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Mid Market Customers, Oracle, TFG Blog. Tags: , , , , , .

Date:  Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time:  12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT

Register:  HERE

Every organization – current DB2 users and others – is under fire to deliver a flexible, reliable database solution to support business requirements.  In sixty minutes you will learn why DB2 10.5 for LUW is the best choice to support critical data management needs.  When someone asks, “Why DB2?” you will have 3 answers!

We will cover:

  1. Functionality: high availability with pureScale, maximum data compression, and query acceleration with DB2 BLU
  2. Success:  learn how current customers are leveraging DB2 to meet their objectives
  3. Pricing:  find the right fit with simplified purchasing options

Whether you are currently using DB2 and looking to better understand its features, or considering a move to DB2, please join us.

The webinar will be presented by IBM DB2 Competitive Sales Specialist Bill Kincaid and IBM Champion Kim May.

About the presenters:

Bill Kincaid is an IBM DB2 Competitive Sales Specialist.  Bill has worked for IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, as well as data virtualization solution developer xkoto.  Bill’s specialty is helping database users – customers currently using DB2 and customers considering migrating to DB2 – to fully understand the value of DB2.  Bill earned his BA at the University of North Carolina and his MBA from the University of Georgia.  He lives in Charlotte and works with IBM customers in the Eastern US.

Kim May is the Vice President of Business Development for The Fillmore Group and an IBM Champion for Information Management.  Kim coordinates The Fillmore Group’s software sales and consulting efforts, including migration support for customers moving workloads to DB2.  Kim’s experience includes several years supporting technical education, and she currently serves on the board of the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group.

 

IDAA Use Cases – Session #IDZ-6691B at Insight

Posted by admin on September 9, 2014 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, IDAA, Insight 2014, TFG Blog. Tags: , , , , , .

Frank Fillmore will be delivering a session on IDAA use cases at the IBM Insight Conference in Las Vegas (formerly IOD) on Tuesday, October 28th, from 10am-11am.

The IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) speeds analytic queries that currently run on DB2 for z/OS.

IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator can:

  • Help with operational data store reconsolidation on IBM System z.
  • Reduce extract, transform and load (ETL) costs and latency to make OLTP data available for analysis faster and less expensively.
  • Speed up batch reporting and offload System z processor consumption.
  • Archive original data by using the high performance storage saver (HPSS).
  • Enable analysis of VSAM and Information Management System (IMS) data along with DB2 for z/OS by using the DB2 Analytics Accelerator Loader.

In Frank’s session, attendees will learn about these functions and more, and gain an understanding of possible, interesting, and valuable IDAA use cases.

I hope we will see you there!

IDAA Administration Class September 16th-18th

Posted by admin on August 11, 2014 under Authorized Training Partner, Data Studio, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IDAA. Tags: , , .

Based on feedback received from System z customers implementing the IDAA, DB2 Gold Consultant Frank C. Fillmore, Jr., will deliver a new course, IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) Administration, beginning Tuesday, September 16, 2014, in our classroom in Towson, Maryland, just north of Baltimore.  This 3-day, hands-on course will provide an overview of the IDAA along with instruction and examples of best practices for IDAA administration.  This course is intended for System z users supporting the IDAA in production environments and covers query processing, loading data, distribution and clustering within the accelerator, and the IDAA tools ecosystem.  Click HERE for the complete course outline.

The cost of the course is $2100 per student.  Reserve a seat by contacting me, Kim May, to make payment arrangements.  Information on travel to Baltimore is available in our class Welcome Packet.  If you are a baseball fan, let me know if you would like to attend the Baltimore Orioles vs. the Toronto Blue Jays game either Tuesday the 16th or Wednesday the 17th – the O’s are hot!

3 Great Reasons to attend IBM Insight (TCFKAI)

Posted by admin on July 29, 2014 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, Frank Fillmore, IDAA, Information on Demand Conference, TFG Blog. Tags: , .

This week seems to be bringing out the marketing forces around InsightThe Conference Formerly Known As IOD – or TCFKAI for short.  I thought I would add to the excitement by compiling my personal list of reasons to attend, along with a reminder that the early bird registration, a $600 discount, ends Thursday, July 31st.

My top 3 reasons to attend Insight:

1.  Frank’s presentation on IDAA use cases.  Shameless plug, I know, but a great topic that seems to get broader with each new prospective customer contributing innovative ideas in our IDAA hands-on workshops and white boarding sessions.  If you are even slightly considering an IDAA acquisition, this session should be great.

2.  Kevin Spacey is the keynote speaker!  The Fillmore Group is based in Baltimore where House of Cards is filmed and one of our close friends, the “other Kevin”, Kevin Johnson, amuses us with lots of Kevin Spacey stories.  I can’t wait to hear Kevin Spacey tackle data as a topic…!

3.  Gwen Stefani and No Doubt as the entertainment.  If this is a Rob Thomas selection I have to give him kudos for actually selecting a band most of the conference attendees have heard of!  That boy band he picked a couple years back is doing OK, but hey, most of us prefer music we actually recognize.   Not to be missed!

See ya in Vegas!

“IBM Data Retrieval Technologies : RDBMS, BLU, IBM Netezza and Hadoop” #IDUG Europe

Posted by Frank Fillmore on July 14, 2014 under Big Data, BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, Hadoop, IDAA, Netezza. Tags: , , , , , .

From November 9 – 14 I will be visiting one of the most charming cities on the planet when I attend the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) conference in Prague, CZ.  I will present “IBM Data Retrieval Technologies : RDBMS, BLU, IBM Netezza and Hadoop”.  It will be session E7 on Tuesday, November 11 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.  Please consider attending IDUG Europe and joining me at this session.

Abstract:  IBM offers four distinct data retrieval technologies: the traditional RDBMS, which primarily relies on indexes to speed access; the new BLU Acceleration columnar compression database; IBM PureData System for Analytics (IBM Netezza), which deploys racks of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) processors to parse the data; and IBM InfoSphere BigInsights, which is the IBM distribution of Hadoop. Choices are good to have, but how do you choose which technology to apply to a particular business use case? In this session, you learn how these techniques differ, including their relative strengths and weaknesses, to help you make an informed choice.

IDAA Education – What Follows the “Presales” Hands-on Workshops?

Posted by admin on June 25, 2014 under Authorized Training Partner, Data Studio, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IDAA, TFG Blog. Tags: , , .

Frank, joined by Mike Hood and Saghi Amirsoleymani, is delivering hands-on IDAA training for a group of customers in Columbus today and tomorrow.  Again, amazingly, almost every “student” registered to attend class posted for class, interested in learning about how an IDAA may help support their mainframe workloads.  The photo above is Frank in the classroom this morning in the IBM Advanced Analytics Briefing Center in Columbus.

After delivering three similar IDAA hands-on training classes we have been able to expose and teach over 35 z/technical influencers about the IDAA.  We have also become aware of the need for implementation and post-implementation training and services, as we have learned there are many z/customers who need help getting the IDAA they’ve purchased into production.  Unfortunately there currently aren’t any IBM authorized classes or IDAA classroom training; there seems to be a pre-purchase perception that the IDAA is a “plug and play” device, which it is not.

We hope to be able to help some of the customers we’ve introduced to the IDAA with additional training and services once they purchase the IDAA.  Please check back here for the outline of our new class, “IDAA Implementation and Administration”, and an overview of two new services offerings:  IDAA Implementation Quickstart and IDAA Healthcheck.  Check back here for updates – I am working on the collateral for these offerings.  In the meantime, if you are looking for similar help, please feel free to contact me.

 

 

IDAA Implementation and Administration Training

Posted by Kim May on June 2, 2014 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IDAA, Netezza, TFG Blog.

One of the areas of interest we identified through promoting our hands-on IDAA classes intended for customers considering IDAA purchases is the need for post-purchase implementation and administration education.  To address this need we will be adding a new 3-day class to our August schedule, ”IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator Implementation and Adminsitration”.  I am targeting August 19th, 20th and 21st for the first class to be delivered in our Towson, Maryland classroom.

The cost of the class will be $2100.

Please contact me with any questions on the class, or for registration information.   As soon as I have a final outline ready I will post it here.

If you are one of the people who asked to join us for the Baltimore, NY or Columbus sessions, and are from an organization that has already purchased an IDAA, I hope you will join us.