New DB2 Classes Added!!!

Posted by Kim May on September 2, 2009 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education. Tags: , , , , .

The Fillmore Group received approval to add five new IBM courses to our schedule for 2010.  The new classes we will deliver in our Towson, Maryland classroom are listed below.  These classes will enable our team of expert DB2 consultants and instructors to continue to share their field experience with DBAs and to help increase DBA skills in the market.  Thanks IBM!

DX447,  Information Server Administration, starting January 11, 2010
CL461,  DB2 9 for LUW Advanced Database Administration for Experts, starting February 8, 2010
IM401,  IBM DB2 Content Manager V8 Implementation and Administration, starting April 12, 2010
CF242,  DB2 9 for LUW Multiple Partition DBA Workshop, starting April 19, 2010
CF413,  DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Performance Tuning and Monitoring Workshop, starting June 14, 2010

Pitching at IOD

Posted by Kim May on May 21, 2009 under DB2 Education, Information on Demand Conference. Tags: , , , , .

I asked the 25+ people that attended the last Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group LUW track meeting if anyone had ever submitted a proposal to speak at either IDUG or IOD. The response? No one! Ever!

The call for presenters at IOD is out and proposals must be submitted by next Friday, May 29th. Please don’t say, ‘oh no, not me…’ – this is a great opportunity for anyone, at any organization using DB2, to be heard. Go for it!! It is worth it – see the note from Amit Patel below. By the way, Amit is the champion of Data Champions – something else everyone should consider becoming.

“…the call for speakers for the IOD Global Conference is open at the enclosed URL. The deadline to submit proposals is May 29. I have attached below the information on Speaker Entitlements for IBM Customers presenting at IOD. Thanks.

Speaker Entitlements:

Customer Speakers
Customer speakers who are selected to deliver one or more Business Leadership or Technical Skill Building educational sessions will receive complimentary conference registration valued at USD $2,195. Conference registration entitles admission to all conference meals, education sessions, EXPO Solution Center, entertainment events and programs Sunday evening through Thursday. Customer speakers will also receive 3 nights (single room rate + tax) at an IBM-designated conference hotel if the customer is based in North America or up to 4 nights if the customer is based outside of North America. No other hotel or travel expense entitlements will be offered by the conference organizing committee. Only one customer speaker per session qualifies. The only exception is for a pre-approved customer panel, in which case prior written approval is required from Nancy Kreps, the conference education manager.

Customer speakers from government or public sector organizations must sign a document verifying that they are aware of IOD conference expense entitlements for customers and whether their organization allows them to accept. This documentation must be received by the conference team prior to IBM extending the conference fee or hotel night waiver.

Business Partner Speakers
IBM Business Partners who are invited or selected to speak are not entitled to registration, hotel or other expense entitlements offered by the conference organizing committee.”

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.

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

For more information on the IBM Data Champions Program, go to

IBM Authorized Training – Private Classes – Part 1

Posted by Kim May on December 19, 2008 under Authorized Training Partner, Data Studio, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Gold Consultants, Q-Replication. Tags: , , , , .

The Information Management training team, led by Mike Agostino and Jim Jackson, recently instituted a program to enable Frank Fillmore, as a DB2 Gold Consultant, to obtain IBM authorized course curriculum for private class delivery.  What this means to DB2 customers is that IBM has created an alternate source from which to obtain DB2 training, which should encourage everyone delivering training to sharpen their pencils to keep pricing competitive, and at the same time raise the level of delivery quality by welcoming seasoned speakers and consultants like Frank back into the business of IBM Information Management training.  Listed below are some of the courses available – the complete list is on our website at under the training link.  I will blog on the rest of the list when I have time for the typing!

CE030 DB2 Family Fundamentals, CE120 SQL Workshop, CE130 DB2 SQL Workshop for Experienced Users, CE242 Using Q-Replication, CE820 Using Rational Data Architect, CF180 Relational Database Design, DW145 Data Replication: Basic Usage (SQL Replication), DW154 Data Replication: Advanced Topics (SQL Replication), DW030 Changing Business with Data Insight, DW112 Architecting the Data Warehouse, DW314 Alphablox Essentials with Blox Builder, DW321 Managing Workloads for DB2 LUW and Infosphere Warehouse, DW351 Infosphere Warehouse 9 Components, DW820 Advanced Data Warehousing Workshop: Multi-Dimensional Modeling, DWA51 Infosphere Warehouse 9 – SQL Warehouse Tool and Admin Console, DWB51 Infosphere Warehouse 9 – Cubing Services, DWC51 Infosphere Warehouse 9 – Data Mining and Unstructured Text Analysis, CF242 DB2 9 for LUW Multi-Partition Database Administration, CF492 DB2 9 for LUW Advanced Recovery, CF602 DB2 Connect DRDA Implementation with TCP/IP, CF632 DB2 Connect 9 for z/OS Problem Determination and Performance, CF710 DB2 9 Stored Procedures Programming Workshop, CG100 Using xQuery to Query XML Data with DB2, CG130 Query and Manage XML Data with DB2 9, CG242, DB2 for LUW Multi-Partition Environment for Single Partition DBAs…and more coming soon!

DB2 Training – Who Needs It?

Posted by Kim May on October 2, 2008 under Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

One of my responsibilities at TFG is marketing our DB2 training capabilities. Since 1996 TFG has been aligned with IBM to deliver authorized DB2 training. IBM training has gone through a number of programmatic transitions over the past twelve years, moving from a centralized division of the company to a function within each of the brand “pillars”, so DB2 training is now managed and directed by a team within the Information Management brand.

What frustrates me is how little training is being delivered. Who, in the constantly changing technology world, doesn’t need to periodically update their skills? How many DB2 users have lived through a version-to-version upgrade in the two years? Most, I bet. Read More…