Greetings from IDUG – Lead Catching?

Posted by Kim May on May 16, 2012 under DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Migrations, Frank Fillmore, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, IBM Mid Market Customers, IDAA, InfoSphere, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Netezza. Tags: , , , .

Since early this year IBM has been promoting efforts to better collaborate with their Business Partners by passing more IBM leads to partners.  I am aware of two campaigns in 2012 where IBM has pushed leads from direct IBM sellers to Business Partners.  This makes a lot of sense as it extends the IBM sales team and facilitates more Business Partner involvement with customers.

The talk hasn’t really had any real impact on our business, unfortunately, as the two big lead passing efforts haven’t resulted in anything of substance coming our way.

So, rather than passively waiting for IBM to pass leads the The Fillmore Group, I am trying to reach out to the IBM sellers.  Being a believer in the value of face-to-face meetings and knowing I would be at IDUG this week, I asked my colleague Andrew Stenger to invite as many IBM sellers as possible to join Frank and me for a drink at IDUG so that we can say hello, introduce the value TFG brings to IM customers, and perhaps begin working together. 

Andrew sent the email invitation to a group of IBM salespeople, some of whom we have worked with, and some who have been recommended to us.  I arrived at IDUG last night, am hoping to meet some sellers interested in working with us. 

If you sell IBM Information Management software and would be interested in teaming with TFG consider this an invitation.  We are a Premier Business Partner that is:  1) authorized to deliver IBM training, 2) has a history of successful Information Management product implementations (including DB2 migrations from Oracle), and 3) is certified and ready to sell DB2, InfoSphere, Netezza and IDAA.  Most importantly, if you are at IDUG, we work to support the DB2 community – Frank is a DB2 Gold Consultant and is presenting at the conference, and Frank and I are both Information Champions.  Please stop by and meet Frank Fillmore and me at Peak’s Lounge Thursday at 5:30pm Mountain time.

If you are an IBM customer attending IDUG, and would benefit from working with a Business Partner that will help you get the best deal on IBM software, implement it properly, and understand it well enough to feel confident taking supporting it long-term, please stop by Peak’s too.  It would be even better to meet you!

Oracle to DB2 Migration: Why and How

Posted by Frank Fillmore on May 15, 2012 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Oracle, Q-Replication. Tags: .

I’m headed out the door to attended the 2012 International DB2 Users Group Technical Conference in Denver.  But first, I wanted to post two related items:

Please post you comments on the blog.  I welcome the feedback.

IDUG NA DB2 Tech Conference 2012 – Replication Topics

Posted by Frank Fillmore on May 9, 2012 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Migrations, IBM Champion, InfoSphere, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Oracle, Q-Replication. Tags: , .

The International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) DB2 Tech Conference will be held in Denver, USA from May 14 – 18 (that’s next week at the time of this post).  There are two events in which I am involved that touch on Replication.

  • On Wednesday, May 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. a Replication Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held in Room 110.  Senthil Chandramohan of IBM will be co-leading the SIG with me.  Jenny Pang of Nationwide will be the moderator.  The purpose of the session:

“Meet industry experts and develop a better understanding of the best practices to support a replicated environment.  Are you faced with monitoring replication or determining the latency in replication?  Are your sources and targets in sync?  When problems occur, how do you resolve them?  Come and share your questions and experience with other professionals and other experts in the field of replication.”

  • On Thursday, May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. I will deliver “Zero Outage Oracle to DB2 Migrations” (Session G09) in Room 112.  Replication figures prominently in reducing a migration outage window.  The abstract:

“IBM has enabled the Oracle PL/SQL API’s in DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows v9.7; 97% of Oracle application code will work unmodified. So, how best to migrate the Oracle data to DB2? The IBM Data Migration Tool (IDMT) fosters a batch migration which requires an application outage – backup, IDMT, restore, SET INTEGRITY – which can last for hours or days depending on the volume of data and complexity of the data model. What if my website, eCommerce, OLTP application can’t be down that long? Learn how a world-wide Top 50 financial institution migrated data from Oracle to DB2 with a minimal application outage using InfoSphere Replication Server’s heterogeneous replication from Oracle to DB2.”

I hope to see you in Denver.  Safe travel!

IDUG Denver Early Bird Registration

Posted by Kim May on February 21, 2012 under DB2 Education, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Migrations, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Q-Replication. Tags: , , .

For those of you planning to attend this year’s IDUG Conference in Denver in May (Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18, 2012), the early bird registration was officially opened today.   With early bird registration the conference fee is reduced to $1845.

Come see Frank’s presentation, session 271 on Thursday morning at 8:30. Frank will be presenting on, “Zero Outage Oracle to DB2 Migrations”. 

Register at www.idug.org  See you there!

Nadir Scores Netezza Certification

Posted by Kim May on November 18, 2011 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Migrations, DB2 Stars, IBM Champion, IBM DB2 Services, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Netezza, Optim. Tags: , , , , , , .

IBM Information Champion Nadir Doctor successfully passed the IBM Netezza technical certification exam on his first try, without attending the bootcamp or any formal training, one handed.  OK, maybe not one handed.

Congratulations Nadir.  As one of the first IBM Business Partners to become a Netezza reseller, and one of the first to close a Netezza sale, The Fillmore Group is excited to have a team of consultants willing to independently prepare to support Netezza implementations.  Nadir is a fine example of our consulting team’s resources.  He has over ten years of DB2 database/data warehouse and tools experience including InfoSphere Federation Server and Optim Performance Manager and Query Tuner.  If your organization is in need of consulting assistance, please contact The Fillmore Group – we would be proud to introduce Nadir.

DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group – Security

Posted by Frank Fillmore on October 18, 2011 under DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: , , .

Adam Koile and Mary Ann Ritosa of IBM will be presenting “DB2 Connect & DB2 for z/OS Security” today (Tuesday, October 18, 2011) at 12:00 noon EDT for 90 minutes.  If you haven’t already registered, click on this link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/692406922

The presentation materials can be downloaded here: DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group 2011-10-18

DB2 Connect VUG Meeting Registration

Posted by Kim May on October 11, 2011 under DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: , , , .

“Addressing DB2 Connect Security Issues”

The next meeting of the DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group will be held Tuesday, October 18th, from 12:00pm-1:30pm EDT.  Register to attend here

This presentation has been prepared for the DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group by IBM DB2 Connect technical support analyst Adam Koile, a subject matter expert in DB2 Connect security, and Mary Ann Ritosa, IBM DB2 for z/OS technical support.   Read More…

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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DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group – “Help Me, Help You – DRDA Connections to DB2 for z/OS”

Posted by Frank Fillmore on May 19, 2011 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: , .

Many thanks to Melanie Stopfer of IBM for a terrific presentation today for the DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group.  There were over 225 attendees from around the world.

Obviously channeling Jerry Maguire, “Help Me, Help You – DRDA Connections to DB2 for z/OS” was a great survey of the tools and techniques useful for determining bottlenecks and other problems within a Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA) topology.  Here are Melanie’s presentation materials: db2-connect-virtual-users-group-stopfer-05-19-11

We hope to have Melanie join us again for future topics like “You.  Connect.  Me.” and “You had me at SQL30081N”.

DB2 Connect VUG *Reschedule Date*

Posted by Kim May on May 6, 2011 under DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: , .

Just announced:  new date and time for Melanie Stopfer’s DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group presentation:  Thursday, May 19th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT.  The session abstract and Melanie’s bio are below; the registration link will be posted here Monday.