Congratulations to the 2015 IBM Champions for Information Management!

Posted by admin on June 1, 2015 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, TFG Blog.

Beth Flood, Program Manager for the IBM Champions for Analytics, today announced the 2015 Champions.  Congratulations!  The complete list of Champions is on the IBM website at:  ibm.com/developerworks/data/champions

The Champions program is in its sixth year, rewarding IBM Information Management advocates and expert technical users for their efforts in the community that promote IBM solutions.   These efforts include delivering presentations, supporting users groups, authoring articles, books and white papers, and overall giving the community a group of recognized specialists willing and able to help.  The program requires revalidation annually, to ensure we continue our efforts.  Frank and I have been honored to be recognized each year since the program’s inception, and we have greatly appreciated the rewards – working with Beth, networking with the Champions at conferences, getting new product announcements *before* anyone else, and of course, all the discounts and great stuff Beth manages to snag for us.

Most importantly, I am extremely proud when I review the list of Champions and recognize so many skilled DB2 consultants The Fillmore Group has had the pleasure to work with.  I wish I could keep you all busy all the time!  You are great!

*Free* Hands-on IDAA Class – New England – April 27th and 28th

Posted by admin on March 19, 2015 under Data Studio, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, IDAA, Mako, Netezza, TFG Blog.

Just announced!

DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore will deliver a free, hands-on IDAA class at the historic Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, on April 27th and 28th.  The complete course outline and registration information are HERE.   The Welcome Packet with travel and lodging recommendations is HERE.

Class is free, however students are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

The IDAA is a high-performance appliance that integrates IBM Netezza and zEnterprise technologies. The solution delivers extremely fast results for complex and data-intensive DB2 queries on data warehousing, business intelligence and analytic workloads.  You can:

– 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.

Please note:  this class is being offered exclusively to IBM z Systems customers considering an IDAA purchase.  Registration is required.

I hope you will join us and learn about the IDAA!

2015 IBM Champions for Information Management

Posted by admin on March 12, 2015 under DB2 Education, IBM Champion, TFG Blog.

Congratulations to the 2015 Champions!

After work last night I stopped at the store and stood in line for about 10 minutes waiting to pay for a $4 hairband.  When it was finally my turn to checkout, at a nationwide retailer that’s been in the news for a data breach, I was asked for my zip code, email address, and asked to complete an online survey when I got home.  My frustration with the incessant collection of personal information – and the resulting Inbox clogging marketing emails, telemarketer calls and junk mail had me fuming!

Then, I got home and read the email from IBM’s wonderful Beth Flood telling me I was selected as a 2015 IBM Champion for Information Management and it got me thinking about the whole analytics, social networking and community ecosphere that’s been developing over the past ten years.  It’s immature, and often annoying, and definitely still needs work.  However, on the bright side, it has enabled individuals and organizations to make better decisions so much faster (and yes, often accurately).  We are all becoming conditioned to expect things to work faster and technology to know our preferences and anticipate our choices.

Both Frank Fillmore (another 2015 Champion – congratulations!) and I have had the opportunity to participate in this program designed to encourage and reward people in the DB2 community who share our experiences and knowledge with others – through the same social networks and tactics that we all sometimes find aggravating.  However, when things work – when, for instance, I am able to connect with a DB2 customer and assist them in finding appropriate education, or when I coordinate an event that enables DB2 users in the community to gather and learn about new solutions, it works as designed and really helps people get the information they need.

Thank you Beth, and thank you IBM for supporting the Champions program and inviting us to participate.  I will remind myself of the power of the unsubscribe button, and try to be mindful of the positive changes data accumulation and analysis bring to our lives.  I appreciate being a part of it.

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!!!

Countdown to: “IBM Data Retrieval Technologies : RDBMS, BLU, IBM Netezza and Hadoop” #IDUG Europe

Posted by Kim May on November 11, 2014 under Big Data, BLU Acceleration, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, Hadoop, IBM Champion, IBM Pure Systems, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Netezza.

Frank is doing his final preparation for today’s presentation at IDUG Europe – if you are lucky enough to be in beautiful Prague at the conference I hope you will stop by!

Session E7 on Tuesday, November 11 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Abstract:  IBM offers four distinct data retrieval technologies: the traditional RDBMS, which primarily relies on indexes to speed access; the new BLU Acceleration columnar compression database; IBM PureData System for Analytics (IBM Netezza), which deploys racks of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) processors to parse the data; and IBM InfoSphere BigInsights, which is the IBM distribution of Hadoop. Choices are good to have, but how do you choose which technology to apply to a particular business use case? In this session, you learn how these techniques differ, including their relative strengths and weaknesses, to help you make an informed choice.

 

Ready, Set, Insight!

Posted by Kim May on October 24, 2014 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, IBM Champion, Insight 2014.

I am all packed and ready to head west tomorrow morning to the IBM Insight Conference in Las Vegas, along with THOUSANDS of DB2 users!  It should be an exciting week, with lots of great sessions.

I am particularly looking forward to seeing IBM’s Jim Reed to thank him for getting IBM Distinguished Engineer Haakon Roberts to come present to the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group meeting December 11th – details will be at www.bwdb2ug.org the week after next.  Jim is working closely with the IDUG Conference Planning Committee, who will host the 2015 North America IDUG Conference in Philadelphia, a short drive for our members.  Thank you!

I will miss seeing the Information Champion’s program “champion” Beth Flood, who isn’t able to join us this year.  We’ll miss you Beth!

I hope I will see you in Vegas!

“The Top Three Reasons #DB2 is Best!” Webinar Materials

Posted by Frank Fillmore on September 29, 2014 under BLU Acceleration, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, IBM Champion, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Mid Market Customers, Oracle, pureScale. Tags: , , .

Many thanks to my colleague, Kim May, and IBMer Bill Kincaid for an excellent presentation on DB2 for LUW feature/functionality and pricing advantages over competing offerings.  And thank you to the many IBMers and customers that attended.  We received great feedback from you during the poll questions and the Q&A.

To view the webinar click here.

The presentation materials are here: Top Three Reasons DB2 is Best Presention 9.25.14

Win Some, Lose Some – Go O’s!

Posted by Kim May on September 17, 2014 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, Frank Fillmore, Global Skills Initiative, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Training Services Delivery Partner. Tags: , .

Frank and I attended the Baltimore Orioles game last night.  With the Orioles win (8-2!) the O’s clinched the American League East.  The energy at the game was amazing!  The O’s 2014 season story highlights the importance of a shared team effort, as they overcame the loss of three All-Stars during the season, and consistent leadership, as Manager Buck Showalter calmly rolled through the season focusing on one game at a time.

Sadly for Frank and me, this is the first year we haven’t been able to share Baltimore baseball with any students attending classes at The Fillmore Group.  Unlike the Orioles and their stellar 2014 season, the Global Skills Initiative team continues to talk a good game, while delivering very little.  The losers?  IBM customers needing skills to be successful.

And, unlike baseball, there isn’t necessarily a next year for many IBM customers, as there is growing pressure on IT teams to rapidly implement and support best of breed technologies.  IBM’s products may be the best, but training is the glue needed to make them stick.

Today I am focused on being happy for the O’s and sending greetings to our former students who attended games while in Baltimore for class.  I hope we will have a chance to send you to more games in the future.

The Top Three Reasons DB2 is Best! Webinar, 9/25

Posted by Kim May on September 15, 2014 under DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Mid Market Customers, Oracle, TFG Blog. Tags: , , , , , .

Date:  Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time:  12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT

Register:  HERE

Every organization – current DB2 users and others – is under fire to deliver a flexible, reliable database solution to support business requirements.  In sixty minutes you will learn why DB2 10.5 for LUW is the best choice to support critical data management needs.  When someone asks, “Why DB2?” you will have 3 answers!

We will cover:

  1. Functionality: high availability with pureScale, maximum data compression, and query acceleration with DB2 BLU
  2. Success:  learn how current customers are leveraging DB2 to meet their objectives
  3. Pricing:  find the right fit with simplified purchasing options

Whether you are currently using DB2 and looking to better understand its features, or considering a move to DB2, please join us.

The webinar will be presented by IBM DB2 Competitive Sales Specialist Bill Kincaid and IBM Champion Kim May.

About the presenters:

Bill Kincaid is an IBM DB2 Competitive Sales Specialist.  Bill has worked for IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, as well as data virtualization solution developer xkoto.  Bill’s specialty is helping database users – customers currently using DB2 and customers considering migrating to DB2 – to fully understand the value of DB2.  Bill earned his BA at the University of North Carolina and his MBA from the University of Georgia.  He lives in Charlotte and works with IBM customers in the Eastern US.

Kim May is the Vice President of Business Development for The Fillmore Group and an IBM Champion for Information Management.  Kim coordinates The Fillmore Group’s software sales and consulting efforts, including migration support for customers moving workloads to DB2.  Kim’s experience includes several years supporting technical education, and she currently serves on the board of the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group.

 

IDAA Use Cases – Session #IDZ-6691B at Insight

Posted by Kim May on September 9, 2014 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, IDAA, Insight 2014, TFG Blog. Tags: , , , , , .

Frank Fillmore will be delivering a session on IDAA use cases at the IBM Insight Conference in Las Vegas (formerly IOD) on Tuesday, October 28th, from 10am-11am.

The IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) speeds analytic queries that currently run on DB2 for z/OS.

IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator can:

  • Help with operational data store reconsolidation on IBM System z.
  • Reduce extract, transform and load (ETL) costs and latency to make OLTP data available for analysis faster and less expensively.
  • Speed up batch reporting and offload System z processor consumption.
  • Archive original data by using the high performance storage saver (HPSS).
  • Enable analysis of VSAM and Information Management System (IMS) data along with DB2 for z/OS by using the DB2 Analytics Accelerator Loader.

In Frank’s session, attendees will learn about these functions and more, and gain an understanding of possible, interesting, and valuable IDAA use cases.

I hope we will see you there!