DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group – Melanie Stopfer

Posted by Kim May on March 18, 2011 under DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , .

IBM’s Melanie Stopfer has volunteered to present at the next DB2 Connect VUG session.  Melanie’s presentation is titled, “Help Me, Help You, Remote DRDA Connections to DB2 z/OS“.    The session abstract and objectives are below, along with Melanie’s bio.  I hope you will join us!

Abstract:
Do you want to better understand and tune your remote DRDA connections to DB2 z/OS? Are you looking for tips to make your life easier?  Melanie will present analogies and insider advice to help improve performance, availability, reliability, and usability. The goal is to provide you with an arsenal of tips you can use in various remote DRDA distributed to DB2 z/OS situations.  Come learn new DB2 Connect and JDBC Universal Driver tips and tricks that you need to know.

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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.

Virtual Users Group “DB2 Connect: History, Today’s Functionality, and What’s Next”

Posted by Frank Fillmore on December 14, 2010 under DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for i, DB2 for VSE&VM, DB2 for z/OS, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: , .

Curt Cotner presents DB2 Connect from a technical, historical perspective.  In his presentation Curt explains how DB2 Connect evolved as a technical solution, describes the changes to DB2 Connect and why organizations should consider eliminating the gateway.  Curt looks at what the future holds for DB2 Connect.  Curt covers best practices for moving from three-tier DB2 Connect topology using a gateway to the recommended two-tier architecture so attendees can begin to figure out how to get their organization from here to there.

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Also, we would like to thank everyone for volunteering.  We are hoping to have three meetings a year and will be posting them through the IDUG website.  A special thanks to Michael McBride for all of this assistance with the website.

Please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues to join the Virtual Users Group!  Contact Blaire Crowley at blaire.crowley@thefillmoregroup.com for details.

DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group Inaugural Meeting on December 14

Posted by Frank Fillmore on November 24, 2010 under DB2 Connect, DB2 for i, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for VSE&VM, DB2 for z/OS, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: , .

“DB2 Connect, History, Today’s Functionality, and What’s Next”

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (US) Eastern Standard Time

IBM Fellow Curt Cotner will present DB2 Connect from a technical, historical perspective.  In his presentation Curt will explain how DB2 Connect evolved as a technical solution, describe the changes to DB2 Connect and why organizations should consider eliminating the gateway.  Curt will finish the presentation with a look at what the future holds for DB2 Connect.  Curt will cover best practices for moving from three-tier DB2 Connect topology using a gateway to the recommended two-tier architecture so attendees can begin to figure out how to get their organization from here to there.

The presentation will be delivered online via GoToWebinar.  Click here to register.

DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group

Posted by Kim May on September 26, 2010 under DB2 Education, DB2 for i, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

The Fillmore Group is coordinating the startup of a virtual users group of DB2 Connect users.  We are actively seeking DB2 Connect users to participate – as members, as board members, and as presenters.  We hope to have a volunteer board meet periodically and have one to two hour sessions delivered via Webex to all members quarterly.  All of this will be handled virtually, with an opt-in email contact list providing event notification to members, and an affiliated IDUG group to provide interim communication between members. 

I am planning to attend the IOD Conference and will host a meeting on Monday, October 25th, for anyone volunteering to participate as a board member.  My colleague Blaire Crowley at The Fillmore Group is working with Michael McBride at IDUG to establish the IDUG group and to collect member, board member and speaker volunteer names.  On the 25th we will have board member volunteers attending IOD get together and share a conference call with remote volunteers to work through a schedule of events for late 2010 and 2011.

The virtual users group will initially operate independent of IBM and IDUG.  Kevin Foster and Kimberly Madia on the IBM DB2 Connect team have offered assistance with speakers. 

If you are interested in joining please email Blaire Crowley at blaire.crowley@thefillmoregroup.com.  Blaire will send you instructions on joining the IDUG group and add you to the list of members.  Please (please!) let Blaire know if you would like to volunteer.

Kim May Named IBM Data Champion!

Posted by Frank Fillmore on May 7, 2009 under Authorized Training Partner, Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: , , .

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate my colleague, Kim May, on being named an IBM Data Champion.
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/champion/profiles/may.html

Kim started with The Fillmore Group a little over four years ago with a background in Java application development services and Microsoft desktop and applications training. From a standing start, she has become an expert on the IBM Information Management software portfolio. Moreover, she has been a tireless evangelist for IBM IM training: she developed and promoted *free* webcasts delivered via the International DB2 Users Group and launched the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group Linux, Unix, Windows track.

Kim has also established The Fillmore Group as an IBM Authorized Training Partner for in-depth for-fee classroom education.
IBM Authorized Training

Take a moment to give Kim a well-deserved shout out at kim.may@thefillmoregroup.com

For more information on the IBM Data Champions Program, go to
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/champion

Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group – LUW in 2 Weeks

Posted by Kim May on November 26, 2008 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), Uncategorized.

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we are just two weeks away from the first Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group LUW track meeting.  I haven’t seen the registration numbers yet but have been trying to contact any and everyone I can about the meeting.  The presenters are lined up and ready – DB2 evangelist Dwaine Snow from IBM on compression, an excited Bill Kincaid from xkoto, who closed a Gridscale deal with CNN just this week, and of course my favorite, Frank Fillmore, on high availability options.

If you will be in town, please join us.  Please!  It’s critical to show support for an LUW track as the legacy Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group core membership is comprised of DB2 for z/OS users.   They have been very tolerant of my persistent clamor to add an LUW track.  If we draw a crowd it will enable us to continue to offer an LUW track, providing LUW users with the same quality of low cost education that makes IDUG such a great contributor to the DB2 community.

Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group Adds LUW!

Posted by Kim May on October 2, 2008 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, International DB2 Users Group (IDUG). Tags: , .

When I first started working for Frank in early 2005 I volunteered to join the board of the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group, our local IDUG regional users group. At that time our business was more focused on DB2 for Linux/UNIX/Windows, but the BWDB2UG was, and has remained, very mainframe-centric. The RUG is quite successful, with quarterly meeting attendance average around 75.

As The Fillmore Group has shifted to support the mainframe renaissance we haven’t lost sight of the need for local support for DB2 for LUW users however, and I am excited to announce that the board approved the addition of a second meeting track, specifically for DB2 for LUW, starting with our upcoming December 10th meeting. Best of all, in MY opinion, is that Frank Fillmore will present at the first meeting. I look forward to being part of the team that is enabling our local LUW folks to enjoy the low-cost education, support and networking the Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group members have enjoyed since 1988. Please join us December 10th if you are in the area.