IDUG, DB2-L and Charming Developers

Posted by Kim May on February 29, 2016 under BLU Acceleration, DB2 for z/OS, HTAP, IBM DB2 Services, IDAA, Oracle, TFG Blog.

There was some discussion on DB2-L this past week, not about “charming developers” (as in, “gee, that developer sure is charming!”), but about how the DB2 community can encourage developers to use the IDUG listserv as a resource for application coding questions.  Because, there are many extraordinary technical people monitoring the list.  And yes, many can also be quite charming to new listserv users!

Right now I see the division between DB2 users and their organizational colleagues growing as System z workloads are being restricted by cost and security concerns.  Quite frequently there appears to be very little communication between DBA’s and developers within organizations.  With larger organizations bringing teams of data scientists on board, many of whom are unfamiliar with the mainframe, the divide further broadens, as the data scientists view developers as their allies.

With the introduction of Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing (HTAP), the ability to run OLTP and Analytics together should be bringing data warehouse applications back to the mainframe.  The new data scientists, and their application developer colleagues, will need their DBA colleagues to help.  I hope DB2-L is one of the resources that makes the transition for everyone easier.

Looking Toward 2016 – TFG Events Schedule

Posted by Kim May on December 18, 2015 under #IBMInsight, Authorized Training Partner, Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IDAA, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Q-Replication, TFG Blog.

Fillmore 2016 Scheduled Marketing Events

The Fillmore Group had a terrific 2015 thanks to our great customers and terrific consulting team.  We are looking forward to an exciting 2016, with some key focus areas already “in the works” and of course plans to remain as competitive and flexible as possible so that we can continue offering top quality technical education and consulting at competitive prices, along with helpful, knowledgeable IBM Analytics software purchase assistance.

Our 2016 schedule contains some annual highlights:  IDUG (in Austin this year; should be great!), the IBM Insight Conference in October and four quarterly meetings of the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group, our local RUG.

In addition we are planning a 4-part webinar series to support customers working to keep System z thriving and growing in their organizations, another free, hands-on IDAA class, and assistance with getting a college or university in the Baltimore/Washington area to work with the IBM Academic Initiative team.

Happy Holidays!  2016 is coming up fast!!

IBM Authorized Training – 2016 Public Class Schedule

Posted by Kim May on November 23, 2015 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Global Skills Initiative, IBM Training Services Delivery Partner, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.

The Fillmore Group’s public class schedule for the first half of 2016 is complete and in the process of being uploaded to the IBM training website at:    www.ibm.com/training.

The schedule is here:   The Fillmore Group Training Schedule First Half 2016

The classes scheduled include DB2 for LUW, DB2 for z/OS, replication (Q Rep and ICDC) and Big Data.   All classes scheduled may be attended in our Towson, Maryland, classroom, or via distance learning.

If you have remaining 2015 training budget and wish to “pre-purchase” 2016 training, please contact me.  Or, if your team would like a private class at your location or via distance learning, please contact me.  I can work with you to customize a class to meet your team’s specific content, scheduling and location requirements.

#IBMInsight – Serge’s Q Rep Presentation – Not to be Missed!

Posted by Kim May on October 21, 2015 under #IBMInsight, Insight 2015, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.

For users of Q Replication, IBM’s Serge Bourbonnais will be conducting a lab session and presentation Wednesday at next week’s Insight Conference along with IBM’s Xue Bo.  The session is titled: “IBM InfoSphere Data Replication Q Replication Performance: Troubleshooting Bottlenecks“, and is conference session #LCG-1598.

The session will be held Wednesday from 10am – 1pm Pacific time in Bayside F – 08, in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 1.

The presentation is intended for an audience of IT Strategists and Architects.

The abstract is:

IBM InfoSphere Data Replication Q Replication can replicate transactions across continental distances with sub-second latency and allow live reporting over replicated data. This session demonstrates how to determine precisely the time and cause of any replication latency exceeded occurrences, by analyzing the Q Replication monitor tables. In this lab, attendees also see how to collect the monitor information, which counters are the most important, what questions to ask next when a value is out of range, what further data to collect to quickly pinpoint bottlenecks, and how to resolve the issue.

If you are currently using Q Replication, or considering an implementation, I recommend you attend this session.  The conference link for the lab session is here.  Hope we will see you!

#IBMInsight – Champions Being Championed!

Posted by Kim May on October 13, 2015 under #IBMInsight, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, Insight 2015, TFG Blog.

I am frantically trying to get everything completed to ensure MY Insight experience is great but wanted to share…ten of IBM’s Champions for Analytics were asked to respond to questions related to technology trends and analytics.  Interesting feedback, and of course, particularly flattering for The Fillmore Group as Frank was one of the ten selected!

It’s on Tumblr…take a look!  http://ibmevents.tumblr.com/tagged/IBMChampion

See you at Insight!

Federal Customers Only – IBM DC Event October 21st

Posted by Kim May on September 28, 2015 under BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, Oracle, TFG Blog.

IBM is hosting an event for Federal customers using or considering IBM’s Analytics solutions in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, October 21st, featuring six presentations, including two to be delivered by TFG’s DB2 Gold Consultant and IBM Champion Frank Fillmore.  The event is titled, “Reduce DB Risks and Costs Through a Dual DB Strategy“.

The session agenda is below and can be accessed online here.  Registration is also available from that webpage.

I plan to attend – stop and say hi if you are there, too!

Time                              Description

8:30am – 9:00am        Registration and Coffee

9:00am – 9:10am         Welcome and Introduction, Tom Cowell, IBM Analytics

9:10am – 10:00am       What is a Dual Database Strategy?  Rich Hughes, IBM Software

10:00am – 10:30am     The DB2 for LUW Advantage  Frank Fillmore, TFG

10:30am – 10:40am     Networking Break – Light Refreshments

10:40am – 11:10am      Going BLU for Data Analytics   Frank Fillmore, TFG

11:10am – 12:10pm      How to Get Started   Bob Matchett, IBM Analytics

12:10pm – 12:15pm     Closing Remarks  Tom Cowell, IBM Analytics

 

Opie at #ibminsight !! Ron Howard is a Presenter

Posted by Kim May on September 25, 2015 under Insight 2015, TFG Blog.

As a kid I had a HUGE crush on Ron Howard (Opie, actually).  Today while doing some Insight planning I saw Ron Howard listed as one of the keynote presenters.  Wow – Opie!  Well, Ron Howard, who has of course gone on to do so many wonderful things, including the terrific “A Beautiful Mind” about the late genius John Nash and his struggles with schizophrenia.  I will make a point of avoiding the temptation to sleep through the morning keynote sessions, as is always a possibility when there are so many ‘can’t miss’ events at the conference, and look forward to seeing you there along with me and Opie.

Ron Howard as Opie

Frank to Present on HTAP at Philadelphia System z Meeting

Posted by Kim May on August 21, 2015 under BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IDAA, Netezza, TFG Blog.

Frank will be presenting, “Hybrid Transaction Processing” at the new Philadelphia System z group meeting at Maggiano’s Little Italy, located at 205 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406, on Friday, September 18th.  Frank’s presentation will run from 10:45am – 11:45am, after which lunch will be served.

In his session, Frank will describe and compare the four distinct data retrieval technologies available from IBM, including two Hybrid Transaction and Analytics Processing (HTAP) platforms.  Choices are good to have, but how do you choose which technology to apply to a particular business use case?  Learn now these technologies differ, including their relative strengths and weaknesses.

Also on the schedule to present are Bill Shipley, Senior DBA from Vanguard, discussing his experience facilitating analytics with both System z and the IDAA,  Mark Anzani, IBM Vice President of IBM z Systems Strategy and Montgomery Bauman, IBM Technical Specialist for z Systems.

The event runs from 9:00am to 2:45pm, and is being sponsored by IBM.  Register to attend at:  https://ibm.biz/zPhillyUserGroup

 

 

Training Anyone?

Posted by Kim May on May 14, 2015 under Arrow ECS, Authorized Training Partner, Big Data, BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, Data Studio, DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Global Skills Initiative, Hadoop, InfoSphere, Optim, pureScale, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.

The Fillmore Group 2H 2015 Class Schedule

With all the challenges IBM’s move to the Global Skills Initiative (aka outsourcing education) has created for DB2 users, please remember IBM classes do still exist and are available for the patient and persistent.  Fear not!  If you need training, we are prepared to help.

After seeing public training nosedive over the past two years we are now seeing a bit of a resurgence.  Are classes really running?  Well, in all honesty, not often.  However, we are seeing a few run here and there, and when they don’t, with our relationship with Arrow ECS (one of the five Global Training Partners) intact, we are learning to “collect” students interested in training, and either gather them together for classes, or provide private training at affordable rates.

I’ve just submitted our second half of 2015 public training class schedule to Arrow (see the attachment above) and expect to see the classes posted on the IBM training site (IBM.com/training) within the next couple weeks.  I welcome anyone looking for a class – whether it’s on my schedule or not – to contact me at kim.may@thefillmoregroup.com so that I can work some coordination magic for you.

*Free* Hands-on IDAA Class Announced – Baltimore – February 24 & 25

Posted by Kim May on January 16, 2015 under Authorized Training Partner, Data Studio, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IDAA, Mako, Netezza, TFG Blog.

DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore will deliver a 2-day, hands-on IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) class at the Radisson Cross Keys in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 24th and 25th.  IBM z Systems customers considering an IDAA acquisition are invited to attend free of charge.

The class will be provide an overview of the System z + Netezza IDAA hybrid technology, along with an introduction to the many (and ever expanding) array of deployment options being used to leverage this unique, powerful, and cost-saving technology.  Originally introduced as a means to accelerate analytic queries on System z, the IDAA is now being used to address a variety of challenges, including archiving data with the option for fast retrieval, via the High Performance Storage Saver (HPSS).

With 2015’s introduction of V5, and the integration of the recently upgraded Netezza Mako line of appliances, the IDAA is a “must see” for all System z customers.

If you are interested in joining us, please review the course outline and registration.  Registration is limited to 20 students, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please note:  Seats are reserved for current IBM z Systems customers considering an IDAA acquisition.  Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses; The Fillmore Group’s Welcome Packet with travel recommendations will provide assistance.

I hope we will see you in Baltimore next month!