Posted by Frank Fillmore on February 20, 2014 under Authorized Training Partner, Big Data, BigInsights, Federation, IDAA, InfoSphere, InfoSphere Streams, Netezza. Tags: BigInsights, InfoSphere Streams.
Over the last 10 years I have become deeply immersed in three major (then) new IBM Information Management software technologies:
- IBM InfoSphere Data Replication (IIDR – Q Replication)
- InfoSphere Information Server (legacy DataStage, et al)
- PureData System for Analytics (nee Netezza) and – it’s sibling for System z – IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA)
If there’s a theme it’s data in motion, data transformation, and deep analytics. In 2014 The Fillmore Group is focusing on BigData which encompasses all three. As an IBM authorized Training Sales and Delivery Partner we offer IBM’s BigData curriculum. As such I am gathering all of the resources I can find to dive into
- InfoSphere BigInsights - IBM’s distribution of Hadoop (and a whole lot more)
- InfoSphere Streams - Real Time Analytical Processing (RTAP) for data in motion like stock trades and social networking feeds
- InfoSphere Data Explorer - federated discovery, navigation, and search in the BigData world
This week I am attending an IBM BigData Fundamentals Bootcamp. I have four free resources that I would like to share with anyone who wants to try to understand BigData. Two Redbooks:
In addition, there are two free VMWare images of fully-functional software available for download. Please note: these images are to be used for education and demonstration purposes only; they cannot be used to support production workloads.
More to follow on my return from the Bootcamp.
Posted by admin on February 10, 2014 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IDAA, Netezza, TFG Blog. Tags: DB2 for z/OS, Netezza, training.
DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore will deliver a 2-day, hands-on training class to introduce experienced DB2 for z/OS DBA’s to the IBM Data Analytics Accelerator (IDAA). Starting with an overview of the unique hybrid technology behind the IDAA, and covering topics including installation, security, and operational management, the class will deliver an understanding of how the IDAA can quickly integrate into existing zEnterprise infrastructure and rapidly deliver value.
Dates: April 8 and 9, 2014 Location: Radisson Cross Keys, Baltimore, Maryland 21210
Course Outline: Click HERE
The course is *free* to all IBM z customers currently running DB2 for z/OS and considering an IDAA. Customers traveling to Baltimore to attend the class will be responsible for their travel and lodging expenses.
The IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS is a high-performance appliance that integrates IBM Netezza and zEnterprise technologies proven to deliver extremely fast results for complex and data-intensive DB2 queries on data warehousing, business intelligence and analytic workloads. DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS helps DB2 customers:
- Query data at high speeds—to significantly improve response times for unpredictable, complex and long-running query workloads.
- Extend the capabilities of DB2 for z/OS—to support a cost-effective analytics solution for data warehousing, business intelligence and predictive analytics.
- Lower operating costs—by reducing System z disk requirements and offloading query workloads to a high-performance platform.
If you are interested in the IDAA I hope you will join us!
Posted by Frank Fillmore on February 7, 2014 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations. Tags: DB2 for LUW, db2nodes.cfg.
Probably my most popular blog post of all time – certainly the one most commented upon – was called Changing the Hostname for a DB2 Server. If you work in a shop that uses the same image (i.e. a Windows backup, VMWare image, or some other form of snap-shotting a Windows computer) containing DB2 for LUW for multiple implementations you will have run into a problem. When changing the ”Computer name” or hostname, the DB2 instance fails to start with an SQL1042C error.
I won’t repeat the entire blog post here – that’s why I included the link above – but I do need to post an update on the location of the important db2nodes.cfg file. The db2nodes.cfg file now (in DB2 version 9.7) resides in the instance directory. On a default Windows DB2 installation, that would be x:\ProgramData\IBM\DB2\DB2COPY1\DB2
Please be sure to follow the rest of the instructions on the original post to clear the SQL1042C error.
Posted by Kim May on February 6, 2014 under Arrow ECS, Authorized Training Partner, Big Data, BigInsights, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Hadoop, InfoSphere Streams, TFG Blog. Tags: Authorized Training Partner, BigData, BigInsights, InfoSphere Streams, Infosphere Training.
With IBM’s 2014 focus on Big Data solutions I want to highlight The Fillmore Group’s IBM authorized training classes coming this Spring – and invite new BigInsights and Streams customers to join us. We have students enrolled and expect these sessions to run as scheduled.
All classes may be attended either in our classroom in Towson, Maryland, or remotely via distance learning.
Feb 26 DW652 IBM BigInsights Analytics for Programmers 2 days; $1500
Mar 17 DW723 Program for InfoSphere Streams V3 with SPL 4 days; $3000
Mar 21 DW730 Administration of InfoSphere Streams 1 day; $750
Apr 2 DW641 BigInsights Analytics for Business Analysts 1 day; $750
If you are interested in learning more click on the course code above for the complete outline of topics to be covered and registration information. If you have any questions on these classes or other training classes available from The Fillmore Group please contact me here.
One note: these classes are being delivered through The Fillmore Group’s affiliation with Global Training Provider Arrow ECS; you will need to register for classes on the Arrow website.
Posted by Frank Fillmore on January 25, 2014 under DB2 for z/OS, Q-Replication. Tags: DB2 for z/OS, High Availability, IIDR, Q Replication.
IBM just published a new Redbook titled Understanding and Using Q Replication for High Availability Solutions on the IBM z/OS Platform. Two of my fave Silicon Valley Lab replication developer/experts – Cecile Madsen and Jayanti Mahapatra - are co-authors.
Customer expectations in 2014 are that they can conduct business with a variety of financial, retail, and other enterprises 24x7x365. Even with the availability characteristics of the System z platform in general and DB2 for z/OS in particular, planned and unplanned outages will occur.
The Redbook focuses on IBM InfoSphere Data Replication (IIDR) Q Replication as the undergirding HA technology. It details two-node and three-node active-active replication topologies. I suspect much of the basis for the document is the massive deployment of Q Replication at a large commercial bank in Brazil.
Posted by admin on January 17, 2014 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Stars, IBM DB2 Services, IDAA, TFG Blog. Tags: DB2 for z/OS, z/OS, zEnterprise.
IBM will host the first zEnterprise Summit for 2014 at the Marriott in Washington, DC on January 21st (next Tuesday!) I encourage you to attend f you are in the area and your schedule allows. Your biggest challenge will be figuring out which of the many sessions to attend. The announcement information is below; the complete agenda and registration are on the IBM website here. I hope to see you there.
New technology is stretching IT budgets in many directions, forcing IT to find better ways of meeting business demands in increasingly complex data centers. With enterprise technology from IBM, you can continue to advance and close the gaps between where you are and where you want to be.
Attend the IBM zEnterprise Technology Summit and you’ll come away with plenty of valuable information that will help you continue your own trek to the summit. We’ll show you how the unique capabilities of zEnterprise solutions fit into an enterprise private cloud, how integrated analytics can support better decision-making and new choices for delivering services faster and with more flexibility. Read More…
Posted by Kim May on January 5, 2014 under DB2 Education, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Training Services Delivery Partner, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), TFG Blog. Tags: Authorized Training Partner, DB2, DB2 Consulting, DB2 Education.
I spent some time this past week reviewing our 2013 performance, which was terrific, and planning for 2014. It was a good exercise in looking at what seems to be working for The Fillmore Group, as well as the trends that seem to be changing the way we are engaged and supporting Information Management users.
In terms of trends I am surprised, and quite honestly a bit reassured by, the number of consulting engagements we’ve been authorized to work remotely. The expense and wear and tear from travel that is frequently associated with working onsite at a client’s location cannot be overestimated. However, up until about two years ago, we did almost 100% of our billable work at customer locations. I was shocked at how much this has changed. I hope this is an indication of more confidence in our consultants, who perform work at a high level regardless of where they sit, but also I understand this also reflects more confidence in the tools and technologies that enable us to work and communicate effectively when we work remotely. Kudos to all the consultants making their way to the airport tonight, but also many thanks to the customers who trust in our professionalism and communication skills and are allowing many members of our team to sleep in their own beds tonight.
The second trend surprising me is the silence from the DB2 community around the IBM Global Skills Initiative. By outsourcing training IBM has essentially unraveled the lifeline that keeps technical skills current and enables customers to make use of the wonderful solutions available. This troubles me – I am not sure if this is an indication of the aging IT workforce (“I learned the basics years ago; nothing has really changed”) or the constriction of education funding available to support skills. I expected a revolt! Instead, while I see IDUG flourishing and third party training options increasing (both of which are great for the overall DB2 ecosystem in my opinion), I fear the decline in training will parallel a decline in new product adoption. I hope, as the Global Training Providers get a better handle on how to deliver IBM education, that offerings and options – and enrollment – will increase. We view lifelong education as one of the requirements – and pleasures – of life in the world of technology; I hope it isn’t stifled or relegated to slide decks and 30 minute presentations on concepts.
Finally, a trend that I intend to address as best I can in 2014 is Procurement. Why, in the world of cost cutting and expecting people to do more with less is the ability to engage with customer organizations becoming so terribly difficult? We’ve been an IBM Business Partner for decades and have established our organization in many ways. In the past year we have run into multiple situations where technical managers who are trusted with million dollar budgets are bound by Procurement teams whose job seems to be to make it nearly impossible to engage reasonably priced resources to support business critical projects. When our consultants are only able to engage as a subcontractor to a subcontractor (this is the case with several of our current customers) and the rate the customer ultimately pays is excessively high, no one wins. I am not sure how I will overcome this, but I plan to attack it in 2014!
A healthy and prosperous 2014 to everyone in the DB2 community!
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.