Posted by Kim May on December 3, 2013 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, IBM Champion, Information on Demand Conference, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Consulting, DB2 Education, z/OS.
Fall is the busiest time of year with IOD requiring so much *energy*! Now that Thanksgiving has passed and it’s December already, it’s time for me to focus on what’s happening here locally. Which means, of course, the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group meeting, scheduled for December 11th, from 9:00am – 3:30pm, at the Columbia Sheraton.
This year’s December meeting is sponsored by SEGUS. Next year’s meeting (plug, plug) will be hosted by The Fillmore Group.
This month’s agenda includes a kickoff session to be delivered by DB2 Gold Consultant, IBM Champion and President of the Atlanta DB2 Users Group, Ted Alexander. We’ve worked with Ted in the past and have long admired his technical expertise and his charm (of course!) Ted’s presentation will run from 9:00am – 10:15am. Ted’s session abstract is below. If you would like to join us, the complete agenda and registration information are here.
Application Developers & DB2 for z/OS
Things are changing with every release of DB2 for z/OS. More features for application developers to exploit, and a few that are going away. In this session we will cover DB2 for z/OS version 9 and DB2 for z/OS version 10 and some new stuff on DB2 for z/OS version 11.
This presentation is geared toward the application developer and the tricks that can make their application run smoothly and upgrade easier to the next release of DB2. Did you ever wonder how DB2 for z/OS new features are chosen? We’ll have a look at that, too.
Posted by Kim May on November 5, 2013 under Arrow ECS, DB2 Education, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, Information on Demand Conference, TFG Blog. Tags: IOD, IOD 2013.
It’s the second official day of IOD but I have already done so much! I was invited to a special reception for VIPs (thanks Crysta and David!) that included a tour of the Expo as it opened Sunday evening, got to see the colorful balloons in the Arrow Education booth where Arrow’s Carolann Kohler is doing a wonderful job of promoting our classes (back in biz, yay!), attended the Break Free Forum yesterday and then…best of all…our champagne tasting, where I was able to catch up with so many friends and colleagues. Many thanks to Donna Dordai for her help making it all come together while I am in meetings and sessions, and Tara and Paul for the great food and service last night. Locavore is awesome and they were doing Baltimore proud!
I am far from a great photographer but some pictures are on The Fillmore Group’s Facebook page.
Posted by Kim May on November 2, 2013 under Arrow ECS, Authorized Training Partner, BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, IBM Training Services Delivery Partner, InfoSphere, Q-Replication. Tags: #ibmiod, Authorized Training Partner, BigData, BigInsights, DB2 Education.
To everyone joining us at IOD, I invite you to stop by Arrow ECS’s booth in the Expo, #1309, to pop a balloon and possibly win a valuable training class prize – or an iPad! Arrow ECS is one of the four new IBM-selected Global Training Partners, and in addition to being The Fillmore Group’s software distributor, Arrow is the partner TFG has aligned with to continue to deliver IBM Authorized Information Management classes.
To qualify to win you must stop by the booth and pop a balloon. Special prizes are in *some* balloons. Good luck! Let’s get IBM IM training restarted with a BANG!
Posted by Frank Fillmore on October 22, 2013 under InfoSphere, Q-Replication. Tags: Event Publishing, IBM InfoSphere Data Replication, IIDR, Q Replication.
If you work with IBM InfoSphere Data Replication (IIDR), you are probably familiar with the Q Replication Dashboard. The Dashboard is a GUI which enables you to manage and monitor your Replication and Event Publishing topologies. For example, IBM’s direction is to move away from using asnmon to set monitoring and alert thresholds and to build this functionality into the Dashboard.
Here’s an opportunity to make a good product even better. One of my customers had a series of requests to enhance the Dashboard:
- Provide the ability to export/import connection and configuration settings.
- Enable LDAP authentication.
- Provide something other than e-mail alerts (e.g. SNMP or Tivoli Systems Management integration).
Take a moment to review the formal Request for Enhancemant (RFE).
Posted by Kim May on October 8, 2013 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, IBM Training Services Delivery Partner, Q-Replication, TFG Blog. Tags: Authorized Training Partner, BigData, BigInsights, Change Data Capture, DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 Training, Q Replication.
This past summer IBM rolled out the Global Skills Initiative, essentially outsourcing all education marketing and delivery to four selected Global Training Partners. IBM will continue to develop course curriculum, but everything else is now in the hands of the four Global Training Partners, or GTP’s.
The Fillmore Group has aligned with Global Training Partner Arrow ECS, our software distributor, and I am pleased to finally be able to announce that we are back in the training business.
There are still challenges. Two of the biggest are the process of finding our classes on the IBM training site and actually registering for a class. While I work through this process so I can update our website with accurate information, I am going to post our schedule in as many places as possible (right here for starters), and invite anyone in search of an IBM class to contact me if you need help. Public classes, private classes, in the classroom or remote – please don’t hesitate to email me. I want to help!
Posted by Frank Fillmore on October 3, 2013 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Federation, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Mid Market Customers, Informix, InfoSphere, Optim, Oracle, Q-Replication. Tags: Federation, IBM InfoSphere Data Replication, ICDC, IIDR, InfoSphere Change Data Capture, InfoSphere Data Explorer, InfoSphere Federation Server, Q Replication, Replication.
Kim and I conducted a webinar on Thursday, October 3, 2013 that focused on IBM Data Interoperability software products and their specific strengths, weaknesses, and use cases. We highlighted the application of the InfoSphere family of products to other-vendor databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, and Teradata. Kudos to Kim for putting together a presentation of disparate, but complementary technologies.
The recording of the webinar can be found here. The presentation materials can be downloaded: Data Interoperability Presentation – FINAL 10.3.13
Posted by Kim May on September 30, 2013 under DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Migrations, DB2 Stars, Federation, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, Informix, InfoSphere, Optim, Q-Replication, TFG Blog. Tags: Data Explorer, InfoSphere Change Data Capture, InfoSphere Federation Server, Q Replication.
Data interoperability is the function of moving data where you need it, when you need it. It is the process of copying data, also called replication, or combining data from two unique databases, also called federation.
Over the past ten years IBM has been developing technologies and acquiring companies whose tools support fast, reliable replication and federation. DB2 Gold Consultant and Champion Frank Fillmore and I will deliver a presentation on IBM’s data interoperability solutions targeted to an audience of current Oracle customers – but open to anyone – this Thursday at 11am EDT.
Frank has worked with customers of all sizes to implement IBM replication and federation solutions. We will combine his real world experience with the latest product information shared by our colleagues Dylan Murphy and Steve Tessler from IBM.
These tools, IBM’s replication solutions Q Replication and InfoSphere Change Data Capture, and federation solutions Data Explorer and InfoSphere Federation Server, work with Oracle, as well as most vendor databases (so yes, DB2 fans are welcome to join us!)
Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Time: 11am – noon EDT
Posted by Kim May on September 13, 2013 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Optim. Tags: Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, Query Capture Replay.
If you are in the Baltimore/Washington/NoVA area next week please join the local IBM technical team to learn more about Optim™ Query Capture and Replay (OQCR) for z/OS and LUW. The presentation is being led by IBM’s Baha Majid, who many local DB2 users know from his volunteer work on the board of the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group, where he helps secure top notch IBM speakers for our meetings.
OQCR is a new product that helps organizations minimize business disruption with the ability to perform realistic workload testing during the quality testing process.
InfoSphere Query Capture Replay enables organizations to:
• Capture representative production workloads needed for comprehensive real-life test scenarios.
• Replay the workload to reproduce the original application timing, order of execution, transaction boundaries, isolation levels, and other SQL and application characteristics without the need to setup complex client or middleware environments.
• Analyze accuracy and performance reports to identify the impact of software, hardware or database changes may have on critical workloads and the environment.
This Proof of Technology describes the key functions of InfoSphere Optim Query Capture Replay and consists of both presentations and hands-on lab exercises for z/OS and LUW platforms.
The PoT will be held at:
IBM McLean TEC
8401 Greensboro Drive
McLean, VA 22102
08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 11:30 Product Presentations and Lab – 1
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch Break
12:15 – 14:00 Lab – 2
To register click here.
Posted by Kim May on August 26, 2013 under Big Data, BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, Hadoop, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Pure Systems, IDAA, Netezza, TFG Blog. Tags: BigData, BigInsights, DB2, DB2 for z/OS, Information on Demand, Netezza.
For those of you planning to attend this year’s Information on Demand (IOD) conference in Las Vegas, starting November 3rd, please join us for Frank Fillmore’s session, IPT-2150-B, “IBM Data Retrieval Technologies: RDBMS, BLU, IBM Netezza, and Hadoop“. The session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th, from 1:45-2:45pm.
The session abstract is below. In the session Frank will share his experience with IBM’s solutions to help determine which is best to meet your organization’s unique needs.
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.
Posted by Kim May on July 25, 2013 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Migrations, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, Q-Replication, TFG Blog. Tags: Change Data Capture, InfoSphere Change Data Capture, Infosphere Training, Q Replication, training, z/OS.
We live in a TLA (Three Letter Acronym) happy world, and there’s one very special TLA that very few IBM customers – and even IBM’ers – are aware of – VAP. We have a VAP that we are very proud of and today received notification from IBM that it was recently revalidated. I thought I should write about it, because VAP really is the best way for customers to buy IBM solutions. Even if the VAP you need isn’t one we offer, ask your IBM team or Business Partner if they offer a VAP for the solution you are considering.
VAP stands for Value Advantage Plus. Not exactly clear, huh? Well, basically what a VAP does is offers IBM Business Partners a discount on IBM software solutions when they bundle services and training. This does two things: 1) it offers an incentive to Business Partners to include services and training in a solution proposal, and 2) it reduces the cost of software to the partner.
Most technical solutions require technical assistance to implement; anyone who has been given a redbook and told to figure it out knows how difficult a do-it-yourself implementation is, and we have all unfortunately become accustomed to the software license cost being the only cost discussed when purchasing IBM software. The second benefit, reduced cost to the Business Partner should, if you are working with an honest and ethical partner (think The Fillmore Group!) result in a lower price for you, the customer.
The Fillmore Group’s VAP is for IBM replication solutions, including Q Replication and ICDC. We are currently working on both Q Replication and ICDC implementation projects and have historically been the exclusive provider of public IBM education for these products.
If you are considering a replication solution purchase and implementation please let us know – we would be happy to help you take advantage of this little known (terrific!) way to make sure your solution project is a success.