Webinar: DB2 Server for VSE&VM: Modernization Roadmap

Posted by Kim May on November 10, 2016 under DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for VSE&VM, DB2 for z/Linux, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Stars, Frank Fillmore, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, TFG Blog.

If you are one of the remaining DB2 Server for VSE&VM customers you are invited to join us for a free webinar Thursday, December 1st.

DB2 Server for VSE&VM:  Modernization Options

Date and Time: Thursday, December 1, 2017, 11:00am – 12:00pm EST

Register HERE

Abstract
As an organization running DB2 Server for VSE&VM you probably knew it was time to modernize when – five years ago? Maybe ten? But it ran fine and the applications do what you need them to do, so it wasn’t a priority.

Unfortunately, nowadays skilled resources are getting harder to find and the technology is out of date. It’s not going to get easier to change.

It’s time to get started on the path to a modern database. Join us for a free webinar where DB2 Gold Consultant Frank C. Fillmore, Jr., will explain how organizations running legacy VM and VSE applications can protect their investment in custom business applications, while expanding their database technical capabilities with DB2 for z/Linux.

Takeaways:

  • Technical advantages of DB2 for z/Linux
  • Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA) access to DB2 for z/Linux from VSE and VM applications:
    • CICS
    • z/VSE batch
    • z/VM
  • Simplify mid-tier applications currently using DB2 Connect
  • Exploiting Hipersockets
  • VSE VSAM Redirector eBusiness Connector
  • Software cost savings (amazing!!)
  • Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL)

About the Presenter

DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore has been working with IBM z Systems customers throughout his 30 year career in Information Technology. Frank manages a team of consultants at The Fillmore Group who deliver expert DB2 technical services, staff augmentation, and IBM authorized education.  Frank is also an IBM Champion.

DB2 101 – IBM Data Management Portfolio 2016 – Woodberry Kitchen Luncheon

Posted by Kim May on March 10, 2016 under BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Migrations, DB2 Stars, Frank Fillmore, HTAP, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Pure Systems, IDAA, InfoSphere, InfoSphere Streams, Mako, Netezza, Oracle, pureScale, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.

For Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic area data management customers, The Fillmore Group is excited to announce a “DB2 101” luncheon event at award-winning Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore on Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 11am – 2pm.

Join DB2 Gold Consultant Frank C. Fillmore, Jr., for a delicious lunch and a sprint through the IBM Analytics 2016 data management solutions portfolio.   Whether you are a long-time IBM customer or are considering your first IBM product purchase, Frank’s presentation will deliver the latest on today’s hottest technology topics – HTAP, Big Data/Hadoop and Cloud – and the specific solutions IBM has built, acquired and integrated to enable customers to meet their data management goals.

Is this, “the more things change the more they stay the same”, or an inflection point for data technology? You be the judge!

Frank’s overview will include IBM’s DB2 core databases, InfoSphere data integration solutions, Hybrid Transaction / Analytics Processing (HTAP), Big Data/Hadoop and Cloud offerings, as well as his 2016 best product recommendations and resources to help you learn more and evaluate these solutions.

Lunch and valet parking will be provided free of charge by The Fillmore Group.  Registration is required as seating is limited.  Register HERE.

If you have any questions or dietary restrictions please contact Kim May at kim.may@thefillmoregroup.com.  I hope we will see you at Woodberry!

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Willie Favero Enterprise Tech Journal IDAA Article

Posted by Kim May on March 4, 2016 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Stars, HTAP, IDAA, TFG Blog.

If I Have a DB2 Analytics Accelerator, Do I Still Need zIIPs?”

I highly recommend Willie Favero’s article in the Winter edition of the Enterprise Tech Journal to anyone who either owns an IDAA and has asked this question, or is considering an IDAA and trying to cost justify the investment.  This is great reading.

Willie’s email address is at the end of the article.  I am sure he would be happy to discuss the article and share his opinion on anyone’s specific situation.

http://ourdigitalmags.com/display_article.php?id=2367538&id_issue=287162

IBM Recognizes The Fillmore Group for IDAA Classes at 2015 z/Bootcamp

Posted by admin on February 4, 2015 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Stars, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IDAA, Mako, Netezza, TFG Blog.


Frank Fillmore and IBM’s Kevin Poole were congratulated on stage at last week’s IBM z/Bootcamp where The Fillmore Group was recognized for the success of our 2014 IDAA hands-on training classes with the “New Business Hero” award.  We are looking forward to our first 2015 IDAA class February 24th and 25th in Baltimore, and excited to work with IBM z Systems customers considering IDAA acquisitions – we think it’s great!

Many thanks to our IBM colleagues – Saghi Amirsoleymani, Mike Hood, Rich Gast, Seth Steinberg and Jim Reed, who helped us share the IDAA excitement with our customers this past year.  We are looking forward to more excitement in 2015!!!

2014 IBM zEnterprise Summit – Next Week in Washington, DC

Posted by Kim May on January 17, 2014 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Stars, IBM DB2 Services, IDAA, TFG Blog. Tags: , , .

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.

Abstract:

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…

Data Interoperability Webinar Thursday, 10/3

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 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!)

Register:  HERE

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013

Time: 11am – noon EDT

We Know You Deserve It, But…

Posted by Kim May on November 2, 2012 under DB2 Stars, IBM DB2 Services, Information on Demand Conference, Optim, Q-Replication, TFG Blog. Tags: , , .

I submitted this blog post to the IOD blog (IOD blog) as I was leaving the conference:

At this year’s Information On Demand conference I had the pleasure to catch up with three IBMers who have endorsed, supported and yes, tolerated The Fillmore Group in various ways for many years. Each of these three wonderful IBMers announced their participation in the IBM “Road to Retirement” program and shared some of their post-IBM plans. I wish them all the very best, while at the same time am saddened to see such talented and dedicated experts leave IBM.

Sandy Ovard has been working as Business Partner liaison to Lab Services and has helped us navigate the increasingly complex Lab Services partner engagement process. As we depend on Lab Services for a portion of our services business, Sandy has had the frequently unpleasant job of soliciting Business Partner feedback and addressing issues. Her patience and consistent willingness to pitch in will be missed.

Holly Hayes is one of the SVL development superstars who has worked with a number of technologies. Holly is one of the few “surf and turf” people who fully understand the most technical of technical subjects and has the communication skills to explain them to those non-techies, like me, who need analogies and pictures to understand. I am have been surprised – and amazed – on more than one occasion when I hear about a customer that struggled with a new product implementation and hear, “and then I got Holly involved,” and invariably, things smooth out.

Finally, David Tolleson. David has been the replication and federation Product Manager and a tireless promoter of these solutions. David has blogged, responded to endless emails, and enthusiastically supported a niche technology that enables some of the world’s largest IT shops to meet those 24X7 uptime SLA’s. He has worked with a team that is not only technically capable, but fun to work with.

Good luck to you all!

IDAA Lunch and Learn with Dwaine Snow

Posted by Kim May on June 13, 2012 under DB2 Stars, Frank Fillmore, IDAA, Netezza, Sidecar, Sidecar, TFG Blog, Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) powered by Netezza Lunch and Learn

If you are in the Baltimore/Washington area and interested in learning more about the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerations – the IDAA – please join Netezza evangelist Dwaine Snow and DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore for lunch to learn about the new solution from IBM that merges System z with Netezza. The IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator creates an environment for operational data store, data warehouse and analytic marts on the same platform as operational systems, such as IMS™, CICS®, Java™, the Web and more.

Learn how you can use the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator to:
• Enable decision-makers to perform high-performance business analysis for better results
• Substantially reduce operational costs by removing the need for complex query tuning
• Drive immediate value to the bottom line by rapidly adding new applications and user requirements
• Extend the qualities of service in security and availability of System z, enabling business intelligence to deliver business changing analytics and reduce complexity by extending System z manageability

*** Session attendees may qualify to attend a free 2-day hands-on IDAA training session at The Fillmore Group’s Towson, MD office in July. ***

Date: Wednesday, June 27th 2012
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel – Merriweather Room
   10207 Wincopin Circle – Columbia, Maryland 21044
Agenda:
10:30 – 11:30 IDAA Overview – Dwaine Snow
11:30 – 12:00  IDAA Enablement – Best Practices – Frank Fillmore
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, Q&A, Open Discussion, raffle for Baltimore Orioles tickets (8/14 vs. Boston)  

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/tfgidaa 

Presenters:
Dwaine Snow
Dwaine is a Data Warehouse and OLTP Competitive Analyst and has worked for IBM for the past 21 years.   Prior to supporting Netezza, Dwaine was one of the senior product managers responsible for new releases of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.  Dwaine has written books, articles and tutorials, and has presented at numerous IDUG and RUG conferences. In addition to promoting Netezza and IDAA Dwaine is hoping to start writing his first Netezza book soon.

Frank Fillmore
DB2 Gold Consultant and IBM Champion Frank C. Fillmore is the Founder and President of The Fillmore Group, a Premier Business Partner specializing in Information Management software sales, consulting, and training. He has been providing IBM Information Management services for 25 years.  This past summer Frank worked with Sears to enable near real-time OLTP data loads to Netezza, and Frank recently coordinated hands-on IDAA training.

 

Robert Catterall Presents: B/W DB2 Users Group

Posted by Kim May on December 6, 2011 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Stars, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , .

If you are in the Baltimore/Washington area tomorrow afternoon, please stop by the BW DB2 Users Group Meeting at the Columbia Sheraton to hear Robert Catterall present on:

DB2 for z/OS Stored Procedures – Trends and Technology” and 

The MOST VALUABLE Information I Get From DB2 for z/OS Monitor Accounting and Statistics Reports

Robert is a terrific speaker (and a great consultant, too!)  For the meeting address and logistics visit the BWDB2UG website at www.BWDB2UG.org

 

 

Nadir Scores Netezza Certification

Posted by Kim May on November 18, 2011 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Migrations, DB2 Stars, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Netezza, Optim. Tags: , , , , , , .

IBM Information Champion Nadir Doctor successfully passed the IBM Netezza technical certification exam on his first try, without attending the bootcamp or any formal training, one handed.  OK, maybe not one handed.

Congratulations Nadir.  As one of the first IBM Business Partners to become a Netezza reseller, and one of the first to close a Netezza sale, The Fillmore Group is excited to have a team of consultants willing to independently prepare to support Netezza implementations.  Nadir is a fine example of our consulting team’s resources.  He has over ten years of DB2 database/data warehouse and tools experience including InfoSphere Federation Server and Optim Performance Manager and Query Tuner.  If your organization is in need of consulting assistance, please contact The Fillmore Group – we would be proud to introduce Nadir.