IBM Authorized Training – 2016 Public Class Schedule

Posted by Kim May on November 23, 2015 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Global Skills Initiative, IBM Training Services Delivery Partner, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.

The Fillmore Group’s public class schedule for the first half of 2016 is complete and in the process of being uploaded to the IBM training website at:    www.ibm.com/training.

The schedule is here:   The Fillmore Group Training Schedule First Half 2016

The classes scheduled include DB2 for LUW, DB2 for z/OS, replication (Q Rep and ICDC) and Big Data.   All classes scheduled may be attended in our Towson, Maryland, classroom, or via distance learning.

If you have remaining 2015 training budget and wish to “pre-purchase” 2016 training, please contact me.  Or, if your team would like a private class at your location or via distance learning, please contact me.  I can work with you to customize a class to meet your team’s specific content, scheduling and location requirements.

Federal Customers Only – IBM DC Event October 21st

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!

Time                              Description

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

 

Insight Conference Discounts – Hurry!!!

Posted by admin on September 1, 2015 under DB2 Education, Insight 2015, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), TFG Blog. Tags: .

As everyone knows, when school starts, it’s time to begin planning for the annual IBM Insight Conference.  For those of us (like me) whose presentations were not selected there’s no free pass…just a ticking clock with the conference fee going up, up, up until it reaches the final $2,295 full price.  Yes, that’s the cost if you don’t act early and snag a discount.

The first round of discounts expired in early August, so if you haven’t registered yet, you missed the really good one, the Early Bird $700 discount.    But…my procrastinator friends…there is still a $300 discount available through September 18th.

One more thing:  before you start punching in that credit card number, check with your local users group to see if they have any passes or discounts available, and check with your friendly IBM rep to see if he or she has any education packs or discount options available.  IBM Education Packs, the coupons you buy to pay for training classes, can be applied to the conference fee.

Do your best to keep the cost down, because even if you know the conference is an invaluable part of your efforts to keep your skills current, your manager may raise an eyebrow when you give him the MasterCard commercial “Priceless!” pitch.  Cause this is all before the airfare and hotel and food and…

See ya there!

Frank to Present on HTAP at Philadelphia System z Meeting

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

 

 

How to Find TFG’s IBM Analytics Course Schedule

Posted by admin on August 18, 2015 under Arrow ECS, Authorized Training Partner, Big Data, BigInsights, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Global Skills Initiative, IBM Training Services Delivery Partner, InfoSphere, InfoSphere Streams, Optim, pureScale, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.

One result of the IBM Global Skills Initiative is the complexity around course scheduling and registration as there are now five Global Training Partners managing these processes.

The Fillmore Group is aligned with our software distributor, Arrow ECS, for IBM Analytics training delivery.  Through our relationship with Arrow we deliver public, open enrollment IBM Analytics classes in our Towson, Maryland, classroom, as well as distance learning, remote classes, and private classes.

Finding our classes on the Arrow website can be a challenge, but there are two ways to do this.

#1   Click here for classes scheduled for the next 60 days

This link will take you to the pre-sorted courses scheduled to run at The Fillmore Group in the next 60 days.

#2   Visit the Arrow ECS website and sort courses

If you would like to review the courses delivered by The Fillmore Group in Towson as well as courses delivered by other Arrow affiliated vendors in other locations, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on https://ecsedu.arrow.com/ibm/us
  2. At the top of the screen hover over or pull down “Scheduled and Distance Classes”
  3. Click on “Training schedules”
  4. Select “United States”
  5.  In the list of locations, De-select “All”, then check “Towson”
  6. Select “6 months” for the time period to display
  7. Answer “No” to the “Show Only Guaranteed to Run” question
  8. Select “All” for topics, hardware and software
  9. Click the “See” button to display the classes

You should see a list of classes scheduled displayed like this.  The schedule contains dates and hyperlinks to register for individual sessions.

Arrow webpage

I hope this helps!  If can answer any questions on locating classes or navigating through to fjnd what you need, don’t hesitate to email (kim.may@thefillmoregroup.com) or call (443-956-0288) me.

*Free* Hands-on IDAA Training – November 9th and 10th

Posted by admin on July 16, 2015 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, Frank Fillmore, IDAA, TFG Blog.

DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore will deliver a free, hands-on IDAA class at the Radisson Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 9th and 10th.  The course outline and registration link 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.

Training Anyone?

Posted by Kim May on May 14, 2015 under Arrow ECS, Authorized Training Partner, Big Data, BigInsights, BLU Acceleration, Data Studio, DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Global Skills Initiative, Hadoop, InfoSphere, Optim, pureScale, Q-Replication, TFG Blog.

The Fillmore Group 2H 2015 Class Schedule

With all the challenges IBM’s move to the Global Skills Initiative (aka outsourcing education) has created for DB2 users, please remember IBM classes do still exist and are available for the patient and persistent.  Fear not!  If you need training, we are prepared to help.

After seeing public training nosedive over the past two years we are now seeing a bit of a resurgence.  Are classes really running?  Well, in all honesty, not often.  However, we are seeing a few run here and there, and when they don’t, with our relationship with Arrow ECS (one of the five Global Training Partners) intact, we are learning to “collect” students interested in training, and either gather them together for classes, or provide private training at affordable rates.

I’ve just submitted our second half of 2015 public training class schedule to Arrow (see the attachment above) and expect to see the classes posted on the IBM training site (IBM.com/training) within the next couple weeks.  I welcome anyone looking for a class – whether it’s on my schedule or not – to contact me at kim.may@thefillmoregroup.com so that I can work some coordination magic for you.

Can We Reverse This Trend?

Posted by admin on April 24, 2015 under Authorized Training Partner, Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Migrations, Global Skills Initiative, IBM DB2 Services, IDAA, TFG Blog.

Just this week, while working to support a new customer consulting requirement, collaborating with IBM on a handful of IDAA sales opportunities, and following up on a Baltimore/Washington DB2 User Group initiative I ran into varying responses based on one similar theme:  customers are losing confidence in the long-term viability of the mainframe.

My consulting customer is looking for a skilled resources to support a DB2 for z/OS environment.  Due to the “downward pressure on rates” they want the hourly rate to be 20-25% less than they paid for a similar resource in 2012.  Of course, they tell me, they will accept someone with fewer years of experience – 3 to 5, rather than 5 to 10.  Where does one find a US citizen (a requirement) with 3 to 5 years of DB2 for z/OS experience?  With the Global Skills Initiative IBM education has dropped off dramatically.   The IBM Academic Initiative seems to have proven successful for one financial institution in the Southeast (but for no one else), and the skills shortage we’ve all been hearing about for years is being compounded by the drumbeat of Procurement teams requiring cheaper and cheaper personnel.

Our strategy sessions around IDAA prospects invariably begin with someone saying, “well, you know, XYZ Company is planning to be off the mainframe by 2017.”  Or some other year…but it’s always part of the discussion.  Apparently while people with moderate arithmetic skills can demonstrate the overall cost savings of System z, the “modernization” folks are beating us up with their messaging.  It’s tough to address the TCO challenge when the second question is, “and who will do the work?”

My local RUG agreed to sponsor college students at our meetings so that we can try to get some future graduates interested in the mainframe.  Baltimore, where I live, has many colleges and universities but thus far, in spite of my outreach, I’ve only gotten a response from one school willing to tell their students about our offer.  I can’t help but wonder if the career counselling centers haven’t been told to avoid the mainframe, too.

I am frustrated.

*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.