What’s in a Name? The latest Data Studio Product Names

Posted by Kim May on February 3, 2009 under Uncategorized.

In true IBM fashion there’s been some name-changing going on this year.  Ron Reuben from the Data Studio Channel Enablement team sent me the latest (as of today) product names that fall within the Data Studio family.  They are:

1. InfoSphere Data Architect v7.5.1 (was Rational Data Architect)
– Data modeling tool for the Enterprise Data Architect
2. Data Studio Developer v2.1
– Java Database Development Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
3. Data Studio pureQuery Runtime v2.1
– A runtime environment that facilitates managing, securing and optimizing Java database access
4. Data Studio Administrator v2.1 (was DB2 Change Management Expert)
– Database change management & administration tool
5. DB2 Performance Expert v3.2
– Tool to monitor, analyze and control the performance of multiple DB2 instances
6. DB2 Performance Expert Extended Insight v3.2
– Used in conjunction with DB2 Performance Expert, this feature provides for systemic end-to-end performance monitoring and diagnostics
7. DB2 High Performance Unload v4.1
– High Speed database unload and migration utility
8. Database Encryption Expert v1.1
– Tool to encrypt DB2 data that is both online and offline

Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group – LUW in 2 Weeks

Posted by Kim May on November 26, 2008 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Uncategorized.

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we are just two weeks away from the first Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group LUW track meeting.  I haven’t seen the registration numbers yet but have been trying to contact any and everyone I can about the meeting.  The presenters are lined up and ready – DB2 evangelist Dwaine Snow from IBM on compression, an excited Bill Kincaid from xkoto, who closed a Gridscale deal with CNN just this week, and of course my favorite, Frank Fillmore, on high availability options.

If you will be in town, please join us.  Please!  It’s critical to show support for an LUW track as the legacy Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group core membership is comprised of DB2 for z/OS users.   They have been very tolerant of my persistent clamor to add an LUW track.  If we draw a crowd it will enable us to continue to offer an LUW track, providing LUW users with the same quality of low cost education that makes IDUG such a great contributor to the DB2 community.

DB2 Training – Who Needs It?

Posted by Kim May on October 2, 2008 under Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

One of my responsibilities at TFG is marketing our DB2 training capabilities. Since 1996 TFG has been aligned with IBM to deliver authorized DB2 training. IBM training has gone through a number of programmatic transitions over the past twelve years, moving from a centralized division of the company to a function within each of the brand “pillars”, so DB2 training is now managed and directed by a team within the Information Management brand.

What frustrates me is how little training is being delivered. Who, in the constantly changing technology world, doesn’t need to periodically update their skills? How many DB2 users have lived through a version-to-version upgrade in the two years? Most, I bet. Read More…