As an organization that has been doing essentially the same thing for over twenty years it’s always wonderful to be recognized for our experience. Frank cringes when I tell customers our consultants come in two sizes – bald and gray – but the truth is that it takes a long time to gather the skills that make a consulting team experienced and comfortable directing others.
So rather than judging our consultants by their biological age, we sometimes base their DB2 Age on the version where they started their career, yes, sort of like dog years. Although I can honestly write that we can start a discussion at pre-DB2 SQL/DS, IBM’s first relational database, later renamed DB2 Server for VSE&VM.
Over the years we’ve worked with a number of DB2 Server for VSE&VM customers and have watched all but a handful move onward and upward to newer versions of DB2 and yes, sadly, SQL Server and Oracle. We have also watched many of these customers suffer through poorly planned migrations. Frank and I have tried for years to persuade IBM to create a formal migration roadmap for customers with little success – until now!
Starting this week IBM has a page on ibm.com endorsing and recommending The Fillmore Group to organizations ready to modernize. The phone hasn’t started ringing yet, but I am hoping the remaining DB2 Server for VSE&VM customers find us before they migrate, and make the process as straightforward as possible. Knowledge is power! Check it out at the link below: