Posted by Kim May on March 13, 2017 under BLU Acceleration, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/Linux, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Migrations, Frank Fillmore, HTAP, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, Oracle, pureScale, TFG Blog.
The Fillmore Group is inviting organizations frustrated with rising Oracle costs to join us for a webinar focusing on the two primary motivations behind DB2 migrations: cost and functionality. Session attendees will perform a self-analysis to compare similar version license costs, and gain an understanding of the technical features included in DB2 for on-premise use – BLU, pureScale, and the Data Partitioning Feature – as well as a brief overview of cloud deployment and SaaS options.
Date: Thursday, April 6th
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm EDT
The session also includes an overview of the migration process, as anyone considering a move needs to understand the time and effort involved.
Sound boring? It won’t be! The session will be delivered by IBM Champions Frank Fillmore and Kim May. Frank has participated in IBM’s annual “Break Free Forum” and Kim has worked with several Oracle customers exploring migrations to DB2. We understand this is a complicated comparison but will do our best to make the session entertaining without including too much Oracle bashing. But maybe a bit.
Registration is required to attend. Register HERE.
Posted by Kim May on December 1, 2016 under Arrow ECS, Authorized Training Partner, BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/Linux, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Global Skills Initiative, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Training Services Delivery Partner, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.
Although the Global Skills Initiative hasn’t delivered on its promise IBM continues to schedule and deliver classes with the Global Training Partners. It’s just more difficult for customers to find classes and register…and then wait for the all-too-frequent “sorry, cancelled” call.
But, as we have been delivering IBM Authorized DB2 and data management tools classes for this long, we’re hanging in. Why not? Our classroom sits waiting for students and our consultants who train always look forward to delivering classes.
Our scheduled classes are in the document attached below. These are the classes we are scheduled to deliver. Please remember we have access to other courses and curriculum, and can deliver many more courses (along with our regularly scheduled classes) in private sessions at your location, and/or via distance learning.
Please call (443-956-0288) or email me (email@example.com) if I can help!
Posted by Kim May on April 8, 2016 under Big Data, BLU Acceleration, DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Federation, Frank Fillmore, Hadoop, HTAP, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Mid Market Customers, IBM Pure Systems, IDAA, InfoSphere, Mako, Netezza, Optim, pureScale, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.
Frank and I attended an IBM Business Partner event in Philadelphia earlier this week where we met with several IBM’ers supporting Business Partner initiatives in 2016. Each of the specialists presented their “best of” solutions to the partners in attendance, and then patiently answered our many questions (mostly mine – sorry team!)
The final preparations for our Woodberry Kitchen lunch event are underway: Frank and I are polishing the presentation, IBM’s Andrew Levine and Warren Heising are tracking down answers to my Cloud deployment “what if?” questions, Megan is gathering gold coins for attendees who ask Frank good technical questions, and Jolanta at Woodberry Kitchen has me salivating with her menu recommendations.
If you will be in Baltimore April 21st and haven’t registered yet, please do! Register HERE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope we will see you at Woodberry!
Posted by Kim May on March 7, 2016 under Authorized Training Partner, BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, HTAP, IBM Champion, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IDAA, Mako, pureScale, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.
I am excited to announce two upcoming events The Fillmore Group will deliver in April. Stay tuned for dates and locations!
Woodberry “DB2 101” Luncheon
Join DB2 Gold Consultant Frank C. Fillmore, Jr., for a sprint through IBM Analytics’ 2016 data management solutions portfolio. From today’s hottest topics – HTAP, Hadoop and Cloud – to the specific IBM solutions behind the buzzwords, Frank will deliver an overview of how IBM has built, acquired and integrated data management solutions to enable customers to accomplish their organization’s goals. Is this, “the more things change the more they stay the same”, or an inflection point for data technology? You be the judge!
Free Hands-on IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) April Class
IBM’s 2012 announcement of the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator – the IDAA – the Netezza/mainframe hybrid, delivered IBM’s first Hybrid Transaction/Analytics Processing (HTAP) solution. Now, after 3 years and multiple enhancements, the IDAA continues to promise great things for IBM DB2, VSAM and IMS customers. According to our calculations, 90% of IBM System z customers don’t own an IDAA yet – and we think everyone should have one! Join us for this free, 2-day, hands-on, technical introduction to learn how an IDAA can benefit your System z shop.
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.
Posted by Frank Fillmore on February 26, 2016 under BLU Acceleration, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, IDAA. Tags: DB2 for LUW, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 with BLU Acceleration, HTAP, IDAA, z Systems.
On Monday, March 14, 2016 DB2 Gold Consultant and IBM Champion Frank Fillmore will present on Hybrid Analytic/Transaction Processing (HTAP) at the Heart of America DB2 Users Group in Overland Park, KS.
A complete agenda, presentation abstracts, and speaker biographies can be found here.
Posted by Frank Fillmore on January 8, 2016 under BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for VSE&VM, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Smart Analytics System, IDAA, Informix, InfoSphere, InfoSphere Streams, pureScale. Tags: IBM.
I only spoke with Steve Mills a couple of times and attended presentations he delivered at conferences a few others, but he has had an enormous impact on my career. Steve was the executive sponsor of the DB2 Gold Consultants program, of which I have been a member since 1998. Steve recognized that specialized, deep technical skills were imperative to enabling the adoption and successful deployment of IBM’s world-class, function-rich – but let’s face it: enormously complex – information technologies. Through the DB2 Gold Consultants program, Steve cultivated a cadre that were not only among the best DB2 practitioners, but foremost in the world in relational database technology in general. Folks like Richard Yevich, Bonnie Baker, Frank Ingrassia, Terry Purcell, Jan Henderyckx, and Gerry Hodge. I am humbled to be numbered among them.
For years IBM would sponsor a week-long DB2 Gold Consultants conference, usually at Silicon Valley or Toronto Lab. Dozens of presenters including IBM Fellows like Pat Selinger, Don Haderle, Don Chamberlin, Hamid Pirahesh, and Curt Cotner would tell us about broad industry trends and specifics regarding features and functions in vNext, vNext+, and vNext++. It was an amazing feast of insight which enabled me to better serve my clients. None of that would have happened without Steve’s leadership.
An even more critical and direct aspect of Steve’s support was his sponsorship of contracting vehicles for DB2 Gold Consultants which enabled us to engage directly with IBM without having to add additional layers of third-part procurement. He understood the practical problem of small businesses and sole practitioners trying to navigate a large, cumbersome bureaucracy. One time I explained to Steve that even with the contracting vehicle in place, IBM buyers occasionally refused to use it. His response was “Sometimes the inmates are running the asylum”. I didn’t hear anything for a couple of weeks and then I received a call from a senior IBM procurement officer who introduced himself by saying: “Hi, I’m one of the ‘inmates'”. Of course, the problem was resolved.
Steve Mills, the quintessential old-school “wild duck” IBMer, will be missed.
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!
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
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