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…

DB2 Connect VUG – Melanie Stopfer

Posted by Kim May on May 13, 2011 under Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , .

Registration for Melanie Stopfer’s DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group meeting, scheduled for this coming Thursday, May 19th at 12:00pm EDT, is available now.  Please click here to join us.

DB2 101 at the Iron Bridge Wine Company

Posted by Kim May on April 8, 2011 under DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, DB2 Gold Consultants, IBM DB2 Services, InfoSphere, Netezza, Optim, Oracle. Tags: , , , , , , , .

The Fillmore Group and IBM are hosting a second session of “DB2 101” – our Information Management portfolio overview lunch and learn, on Friday, April 15th, from 11am – 2pm, at the fabulous Iron Bridge Wine Company in Columbia, Maryland, mid-way between Baltimore and Washington.  We felt local database users would benefit from gaining a better understanding of the IBM data management strategy and developed this informative presentation, which will be presented by DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore, along with Netezza’s Mickey James.  To join us, register here.

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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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…

Q Replication Training Starts February 14th

Posted by Kim May on January 5, 2011 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, Q-Replication. Tags: , , , , , , .

Valentine’s Day!  What could be more fitting if you need to learn to LOVE InfoSphere Q Replication?  In honor of St. Valentine’s Day students attending class will receive a box of Godiva Valentine chocolates.  If you use Q Replication and have not attended any formal training this class will give you an understanding of how Q Rep works, how to make changes, and how to ensure your monitoring is 100% functional.  The outline and registration are on the IBM Learning Services website.  I hope you will join us!

IBM/Optim Team Virtual Tech Briefing – DB2 Connect

Posted by Kim May on August 16, 2010 under DB2 Connect, DB2 for i, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Optim, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , .

Kimberly Madia’s IBM/Optim team is hosting a Virtual Tech Briefing this Thursday:

DB2 Connect for DBAs: A Primer and Look Ahead

Whether you are a DB2 for LUW DBA who would like to access enterprise information or a z/OS DBA wondering how all those Java and .NET programmers are getting to your data, DB2 Connect is the solution.   Frank Fillmore, A DB2 Gold Consultant with an extensive history in training and consulting, will step you through a DB2 Connect primer from end-to-end, including platform architecture, DB2 Connect configuration parameters, and more. Case studies from large scale DB2 Connect health checks will be included.   IBM’s Kevin Foster, who manages the development of the product, will be on hand to discuss licensing, new packaging options such as the DB2 Connect Advanced Edition, which provides pureQuery acceleration in the box, and upcoming changes to the product.

Date: 19 August 2010
Time:  10:00-11:00AM Pacific, 1:00-2:00PM Eastern
Register here: http://ow.ly/2iAlr

Summer Services Special

Posted by Kim May on July 21, 2010 under DB2 Connect, DB2 for i, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for VSE&VM, DB2 for z/OS, IBM DB2 Services, InfoSphere, Optim, Q-Replication, SQL Tuning. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , .

As much as I dislike the relentless repetition that’s part of the nature of the world of blogs and twitter and listserves and email blasts, here I go with a shameless pitch for a TFG special services offering I emailed to several DB2 users earlier today.  I am doing this because, at the end of the day, the rate disparity in today’s DB2 services market baffles me.  Are the ridiculously high rates being charged eroding product adoption?  I am afraid so, which is why we are offering a summer services special. 

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Training is happening in 2010

Posted by Kim May on May 14, 2010 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, Q-Replication. Tags: , , , , , , , .

While there are many indications the “Great Recession” is over, the budget lag and fear of one last dip seems to be constraining IT project funding – EXCEPT – of all places, training.  While this seems perfectly logical (when there are fewer hands to do the work, making sure those hands are skilled is critical), historically, training budgets are the first to be cut when there’s a downturn.  Maybe organizations are wising up this time around…here at The Fillmore Group we are receiving more training requests than anytime in the past five years.  Read More…

IBM Authorized Training – Distance Learning

Posted by Kim May on February 8, 2010 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Connect, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS. Tags: , , , , .

I am happy to announce the return of distance learning to The Fillmore Group.  Our team developed and implemented a proprietary distance learning tool, built using a combination of WebSphere and DB2, with the free RealPlayer plug-in providing the ability to deliver streaming instructor audio and video, after the events of 9/11 made traveling for DB2 training a challenge.  Over the years we perfected the distance learning tool’s use and used it to deliver training to hundreds of people around the world – who would otherwise not have been able to attend classes.

A couple years ago IBM’s Information Management training group began evaluating distance learning technologies and limiting their use as they have been trying to find a methodology they can use consistently.   But progress hasn’t been as fast as anyone hoped, so the training team has given us the approval to again offer the public classes we deliver for IBM via distance learning.  Starting with the three classes below students can enroll in the IBM classes, use the same curriculum and lab exercise portal as the students in class, and “see and hear” the instructor lecture on the materials.  If you don’t have a travel budget, you can still join us for class!

Coming up soon are the following courses:

CE821, Using InfoSphere Data Architect, starting March 1

CF602, DB2 Connect for z/OS with DRDA, starting March 8

DW352, InfoSphere Warehouse Components, starting March 15

For course outlines and registration information go to www.ibm.com/training