Distance Learning – IBMdatamag.com Article

Posted by Kim May on December 5, 2012 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, IBM Information Management Software Sales. Tags: , , , .

An article I wrote, “How to Get the Most from a Distance Learning Class“, to help students successfully participate in remote classes was published in IBMdatamag.com (IBM Data Management magazine) this week.  If you are planning to attend an upcoming class and opt to attend via Distance Learning I recommend it.   

The Fillmore Group has been delivering IBM Information Management training classes for over fifteen years, courses we developed internally as well as classes delivered on behalf of IBM as an IBM Authorized Training Partner.  In the early 2000’s we developed one of the first delivery tools to enable students to “see” and “hear” the live instructor.  Since then Distance Learning has become available for many classes, and as the tools and delivery methods have evolved we have also developed a better understanding of the challenges remote students face.  I tried to address these in the article. 

Training has become a luxury.  If you have the opportunity to attend a class in the coming months and choose to attend remotely I hope this article helps you get the most value from your class.

Unused 2012 Budget? Invest in DB2 Now!

Posted by Kim May on November 26, 2012 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Migrations, Frank Fillmore, IBM DB2 Services, InfoSphere, Netezza, Optim, Oracle, Q-Replication, TFG Blog. Tags: , , , , , .

Don’t wait – act now!  Invest in DB2 before year end.
With 2012 rapidly drawing to a close now is the time to review unused budget funds and invest in DB2 training and services.  The Fillmore Group has our DBA on Demand support option and IBM Authorized Training classes scheduled that can be paid for in advance and used to ensure your team is prepared for a successful 2013.
DBA on Demand offers expert consulting services, either onsite or remote, at a discounted hourly rate.  Our “150 for 150” offer delivers 150 hours of support at a discounted hourly rate of $150 per hour.
There are still seats available for the December 10th CL412/CL442 DB2 for LUW Performance Tuning and Monitoring Workshop to be delivered by DB2 Gold Consultant Frank C. Fillmore, Jr., in our Towson, Maryland classroom.  Additional TFG classes scheduled are available on the IBM Learning Services website.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions on how The Fillmore Group can help preserve your unused funds and help your team have a successful 2013 with DB2!

IOD Early Bird Special Ends Friday

Posted by Kim May on August 29, 2012 under DB2 Education, Information on Demand Conference. Tags: , , .

If you haven’t registered for this year’s Information on Demand (IOD) conference yet, Friday is the last day for the $300 early bird discount.  To register go to IOD. 

One note on this year’s conference:  I heard a rumor that certification testing would not be offered at this year’s conference.  I called the registration folks earlier today and was told that there WILL be testing available, but that the website with the testing details won’t be up for 3 to 5 more days.  Hmmmm….

Webinar – Use Services to Close Q2 Software Sales

Posted by Kim May on June 11, 2012 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, IBM DB2 Services, IBM Information Management Software Sales, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , .

Use TFG Services to Close Q2 Deals

*Update*  Thanks to the IBM sellers who attended yesterday’s webinar.  The slide deck is attached – I hope it helps with your Q2 sales!


I am delivering a webcast Thursday, June 14th, targeted to IBM Information Management software sellers who may benefit from using The Fillmore Group’s services to help close software sales deals by the end of June – a big day for IBM sellers (it’s the end of the first half of their business year).  I am excited to do this as The Fillmore Group has historically taken a holistic view of the software acquisition process.  We recognize that more needs to happen AFTER customers purchase Information Management software than BEFORE.

And while figuring out the budget and how much an organization has available to spend on the software itself is important, it’s the follow-on services that make or break an implementation – consulting to help install the software and integrate it with existing systems, and training to ensure an organization’s DBA team is prepared to support it long-term. 

We offer these services and are proud of the consistently fine work performed by our consultants and trainers. 

If you sell IBM software and would like to attend the webinar, I am keeping it short and sweet (30 minutes start to finish).  Register here.

Or, if you are an IBM customer, or thinking about becoming an IBM customer, and are interested in top qualify services from a Premier Business Partner, please contact me here.

DB2 101 Webinar – IBM Information Management Portfolio Review

Posted by Kim May on March 26, 2012 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, DB2 for i, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for VSE&VM, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, DB2 Migrations, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, Netezza, Optim. Tags: , , , , , , , , .

Frank delivered a terrific summary of the products in the Information Management portfolio at a lunch event at Baltimore’s Cinghiale restaurant earlier this month.  Unfortunately, we can’t offer everyone lunch (sorry!) but we will offer a repeat presentation via webinar on April 5th.  The invitation and registration information are below and the complete session abstract and Frank’s bio can be accessed by clicking ” Read More”.  Please share this event with anyone who may be interested in learning more about what IBM has to offer – it’s packed with great information.

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT    Register here.  Read More…

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!

IBM Data Strategy Luncheon

Posted by Kim May on February 13, 2012 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for i, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for VSE&VM, DB2 for z/OS, Frank Fillmore, IBM Champion, Netezza, Optim, Oracle, Q-Replication. Tags: , , , , , , , , .

In 2011, Information Management was IBM’s largest software product family, based on worldwide sales.  What does IBM have that you should know about?  Join us in the beautiful Patrizio dining room at Baltimore’s award winning Cinghiale Italian restaurant on March 8th to find out.

DB2 Gold Consultant and IBM Champion Frank Fillmore will deliver a presentation on IBM’s 2012 Information Management product portfolio, including background on IBM’s recent acquisitions and information integration and data governance strategies.  Learn how IBM has accumulated and integrated data solutions to position themselves as the thought leader in information management.

Whether you already use IBM data products or are interested in finding out what IBM has to offer, the presentation will provide a dose of nutritious food for thought.

To register, click here.   We will send you a confirmation with directions to Cinghiale.  Valet parking will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there!

zEnterprise – The Ideal Basis for Smarter Computing, DC, 2/7

Posted by Kim May on January 26, 2012 under DB2 for z/OS, Information on Demand Conference, Netezza. Tags: , , .

Baltimore-Washington area DB2 for z users – IBM is hosting a *free* full-day of informational sessions and I recommend you attend if you can.  For details and registration information go to the link below.  IBM has been doing the zEnterprise roadshow for several years.  They consistently deliver quality content in the sessions.  There are FIVE tracks, too – lots to chose from. 

Register now: zEnterprise – The ideal basis for Smarter Computing
Date: Tuesday, February 7
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20009

In this briefing:

  • Learn how to take an integrated and cross-brand view of mainframe hardware and software.
  • See how consolidating workloads on zEnterprise can yield a lower cost per workload than consolidating on distributed platforms.
  • Look at ways to reduce costs by consolidating and co-locating data marts on zEnterprise.
  • Learn how to deploy new business models that can be quickly changed as part of an agile infrastructure that’s unmatched by other enterprise servers.
  • See how to use the “fit for purpose” concept to deploy applications on certain platforms depending on the required qualities of service.
  • Discover how to provision cloud computing quickly and easily in a very inexpensive and scalable manner through consolidation and virtualization.
  • Understand the lessons we learned from our mainframe customers in typical TCO studies as they optimized their current costs

TFG 2012 Training Schedule

Posted by Kim May on January 2, 2012 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Q-Replication. Tags: , , , , , , .

Instructor-led classroom training is the most effective and reliable way to develop new data management skills.  The Fillmore Group delivers a select group of public IBM authorized training courses in our state of the art classroom in Towson, Maryland.  Invest in yourself and join us for a class in 2012. 

A list of classes scheduled for the first half of 2012 is attached.  Please feel free to contact me with questions on our training offerings.  In addition to these classes TFG delivers private onsite classes, classes via distance learning, and custom training to meet specific needs.

First Half 2012 IBM Information Management Training Word

Robert Catterall Presents: B/W DB2 Users Group

Posted by Kim May on December 6, 2011 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Stars, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , .

If you are in the Baltimore/Washington area tomorrow afternoon, please stop by the BW DB2 Users Group Meeting at the Columbia Sheraton to hear Robert Catterall present on:

DB2 for z/OS Stored Procedures – Trends and Technology” and 

The MOST VALUABLE Information I Get From DB2 for z/OS Monitor Accounting and Statistics Reports

Robert is a terrific speaker (and a great consultant, too!)  For the meeting address and logistics visit the BWDB2UG website at www.BWDB2UG.org