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.

IOD Without Willie?

Posted by Kim May on October 20, 2011 under DB2 Stars.

To everyone who is, like me, excited to be heading to the IBM Information on Demand Conference in Las Vegas this coming week, best wishes for an exciting, informative time.  Please, however, keep Willie Favero, who is getting well instead of joining us, in your thoughts.  He will be sorely missed.  Get well soon Willie!