TFG231 DB2 for LUW Database Administration Class

Posted by Kim May on November 18, 2011 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, Frank Fillmore, IBM DB2 Services. Tags: , , , .

DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore will deliver the 3-day DB2 database administration intro class at The Fillmore Group in Baltimore on November 30, December 1 and 2.  TFG instructors built this class to teach DBA’s all the things they should know to support a DB2 database.  Whether you are new to DB2 or have been supporting DB2 without any formal training this class will provide you with a solid understanding of the database and help you prioritize and focus your daily support activities.  The cost of the course is $1500.  For a course outline click TFGE231 Course Outline.  To register email donna.dordai@thefillmoregroup.com.

Washington Area DB2 Users Group, June 15th

Posted by Kim May on June 7, 2011 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, InfoSphere, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Optim, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , .

The Mid-Atlantic IBM Information Management technical support team has announced the date and location of the first Washington Area DB2 Users Group.  This group is being coordinated by IBM’s Warren Heising and Prem Rangwani to provide education and networking to local Information Management users.  Please contact Warren Heising at IBM if you would like to attend (heising@us.ibm.com).  Details below.

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Kim May Named IBM Information Champion Again in 2011

Posted by Frank Fillmore on February 23, 2011 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Connect, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: .

Kim May, Vice President of Business Development for The Fillmore Group, has been named an IBM Information Champion for 2011.  The Champion program recognizes contributions to the IBM Information Management software community.  Kim is a long-time member of the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group.  In 2010 Kim launched the DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group in collaboration with IDUG.  In 2011 Kim is hosting a series of free lunch-and-learn sessions to help the community understand the depth and breadth of the IBM Information Management portfolio called “DB2 101”.  Give Kim a shout out when you get the chance.

DB2 101 Sessions Announced

Posted by Kim May on February 1, 2011 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for i, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for VSE&VM, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Migrations, IBM DB2 Services, Optim, Oracle, Q-Replication. Tags: , , , , , .

The Fillmore Group will be hosting three sessions of what we are calling, “DB2 101” – sessions that provide an executive overview of the IBM Information Management product portfolio, one each month, in February, March and April.  We have selected three restaurants close to our Baltimore headquarters – 2 in Baltimore and 1 in Columbia, Maryland (about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC).  The purpose of each session is to bring attendees up to date on IBM’s Information Management product portfolio (an expanding target), and strategy. Read More…

Local September Events – RUG and PoT

Posted by Kim May on August 25, 2010 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, Optim, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , .

If you are in the Baltimore/Washington area I want to make you are aware of two upcoming DB2 events – the September Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group meeting with a special LUW track on September 15th, and a hands-on pureQuery Proof of Technology The Fillmore Group is hosting in our Towson headquarters the following day, September 16th. 

IBM Silicon Valley Lab’s Vijay Bommireddipalli is presenting at the users group meeting the 15th on .NET and Java tuning, then leading the pureQuery PoT the following day.  Read More…

Information Champion at Information On Demand Conference

Posted by Frank Fillmore on May 6, 2010 under Authorized Training Partner, Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, Information on Demand Conference. Tags: .

My colleague, Kim May, was interviewed at last year’s IBM Information On Demand Conference.  If “brevity is the soul of wit”, Kim’s summary of The Fillmore Group’s philosophy and the value of the IOD conference is soulfully witty indeed!

Kudos to Kim.

InfoSphere Change Data Capture Luncheon May 6th

Posted by Kim May on April 18, 2010 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Connect, DB2 for i, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, InfoSphere, Oracle. Tags: , , , , .

If you will be in Baltimore on May 6th please join us!

Do you know the cost of capturing a change in your production database systems?  Does it cost an extra $100,000 per month to capture that change – and then is the change moved to a data warehouse that’s left many users dissatisfied?  We have a solution, InfoSphere Change Data Capture.

The Fillmore Group is teaming with IBM for a *free* lunch session at Orioles Park at Camden Yards, from 11am to 1pm, where we will explain how InfoSphere Change Data Capture can do an intelligent capture on heterogeneous databases to:  1) create an audit trail detailing who did what and when, 2) replace inefficient staging of changes on your mainframe, 3) eliminate the overhead and instability of ad hoc queries, 4) remove the inefficiency of triggers and message queues, and 5) reduce mainframe costs by $1 million per year – reliably feed downstream ETL, MDM, or SOA applications.

If you are interested in attending, click here for more information.  See you at the Yard!

Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group December Meeting

Posted by Kim May on November 20, 2009 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, InfoSphere, Optim, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , .

I was finally able to confirm all the speakers for the LUW track at the December meeting and – wow! – here’s the lineup summary:  Curt Cotner and Paul Westfall from IBM, and the BWDB2UG board’s own Steve Rosenberger from FEPOC doing a user case study on their archiving implementation.  If you are in the area on Wednesday, December 9th, PLEASE join us – it should be great…the z/OS track includes Rick Weaver from BMC and Roger Miller.  Great presenters and great networking.  Hope to see you!  The full agenda is included after the jump and all the registration and PayPal access is through our (new) website at: www.bwdb2ug.org.

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IOD is Here!

Posted by Kim May on October 23, 2009 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, Information on Demand Conference, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , .

I am ready to leave for IOD and had some thoughts on this year’s conference based on what I’ve heard (unconfirmed, ok?)  It’s sad to hear from so many customers that they cannot attend.  IOD and IDUG offer DB2 users the broadest perspective on what’s happening in the world of OUR technology, and it seems the many incentives of attending – great training and lots of discussion about what new features and functionality are being planned, or have already been added (but no one knows about).  One vendor I spoke to estimated IOD attendance will be 80% vendors and IBM’ers, and 20% customers.  Bummer!

I think it’s important that every DB2 user get a sense of the strategy to merge all the acquired products into a comprehensive toolkit.  For those of you who won’t be at the conference, here are some suggestions: Read More…

Recap: Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group

Posted by Kim May on September 10, 2009 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Connect, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for VSE&VM. Tags: , , , .

DB2 Connect for DBA’s

We had a great meeting yesterday with both z/OS and LUW users in attendance, as well as a group of IBM’ers and our board members.  LUW sessions were delivered by Frank Fillmore, Dave Beulke and Chris Eaton (who flew in from Toronto for the day to present – many thanks!) 

Frank’s presentation on DB2 Connect was well attended.  The group selected the topic as most everyone in the group uses DB2 Connect, and few people know it well (although some have some very strong feelings about it!).  As Frank recently delivered both the Intro to DB2 Connect and the Tuning and Troubleshooting courses for IBM, he had ideas and suggestions gathered from the students that attended his classes on their most common issues.  If you use DB2 Connect, please take a few minutes and go through Frank’s presentation and see if it doesn’t give you an idea or two to improve DB2 Connect performance in your organization.