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!

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.

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 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 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition Webcast

Posted by Kim May on March 18, 2011 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 Migrations, Netezza, Q-Replication, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , , , , .

Many thanks to Frank Fillmore for delivering the DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition – aka AESE – presentation on Wednesday.  We had over 70 people join us for the presentation and appreciate the positive feedback.   The link to the presentation file is here; if you have any questions on AESE or the presentation content please feel free to contact me at kim.may@thefillmoregroup.com.

One final note:  Frank is tracking down answers to the questions posed in the Q&A at the end of the session.  Look for them here – soon!

Webcast to Explain New DB2 Packaging – AESE

Posted by Kim May on November 5, 2010 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, IBM DB2 Services, InfoSphere, Optim, Q-Replication, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , , , .

Frank Fillmore will deliver a one hour presentation to explain the new DB2 for LUW Advanced Enterprise Server Edition (AESE) packaging – what’s included, how AESE differs from DB2 Enterprise Server Edition and most importantly, why anyone running DB2 for LUW should give AESE serious consideration.  

Date:  Thursday, November 18, 2010, Time:  12pm-1pm Eastern

With AESE, IBM is bundling Optim and InfoSphere tools that have been available as for-fee add-on features in the past.  Come learn how to upgrade DB2 and get: 

• DB2 Storage Optimization Feature
• DB2 Performance Optimization Feature
• Optim Performance Manager
• InfoSphere Federation Server
• InfoSphere Replication Server (Q Replication)
• Optim Development Studio
• DB2 Advanced Access Control Feature

To register, click here.  If you have a problem registering or have questions, email Blaire Crowley (blaire.crowley@thefillmoregroup.com).

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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Dubuntu (DB2 + Ubuntu) Appliance

Posted by Frank Fillmore on March 7, 2010 under DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, IBM Smart Analytics System, InfoSphere. Tags: , , , , .

I once got in trouble with a woman I was dating because I bought her an “appliance” for Christmas.  It was a combination VCR/DVD player (this was a while ago) and she liked movies.  Go figure.  I’ve also gotten in trouble with my wife for *not* buying an appliance – in this case a new, energy efficient clothes dryer; she pays the electric bills.  So you would think that I would steer clear of appliances.  You would be wrong.

Database “appliances” are integrated packages of software including operating system, database software (e.g. DB2), and other useful features.  Sometimes these appliances are pre-configured and optimized on hardware servers as well.  Some prominent examples are IBM’s Smart Analytics System (ISAS) and Oracle’s Exadata.  ISAS is the follow-on to IBM’s Balanced Configuration Unit (BCU) which clearly needed a new, better name.  ISAS combines InfoSphere Warehouse with IBM server hardware and a back-end storage system that provide a complete out-of-the-box solution.  The systems are “balanced” in terms of configured machine resources (i.e. CPU, memory, SAN) based on projected data volumes so you don’t have to spend weeks trying to figure all of that out.  That job has been done for you.  You can begin achieving ROI shortly after powering on the unit.

Appliances don’t always include hardware, however.  Some flavors of ISAS are VMWare images that can be deployed on existing hardware.  This benefits organizations which have established hardware standards in their enterprises and don’t want to deviate.

Want to get started with an appliance (and not get in trouble with your “significant other”)?  Check out this link on Channel DB2.  Anil Mahadev has put together Dubuntu, an all-in-one VMWare image DB2 appliance built on the open source Linux operating system Ubuntu.  It’s all *free*.  This is not a trial.  Using open source application development tools and DB2 Express-C, Anil has put together quite a cool package.

You can download Dubuntu at http://www.idug.org/anil-dubuntu/dubuntu-appliance.html from the IDUG website.  This is perfect for small – even one-person – development shops that can’t invest in expensive up-front software licensing.  If you are a DB2 for z/OS specialist and want to expand your skills to the distributed platforms, here’s a terrific tool.

With apologies to Cole Porter: “Do do that Dubuntu that you do so well.”

Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group December Meeting

Posted by Kim May on November 20, 2009 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, InfoSphere, Optim, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , .

I was finally able to confirm all the speakers for the LUW track at the December meeting and – wow! – here’s the lineup summary:  Curt Cotner and Paul Westfall from IBM, and the BWDB2UG board’s own Steve Rosenberger from FEPOC doing a user case study on their archiving implementation.  If you are in the area on Wednesday, December 9th, PLEASE join us – it should be great…the z/OS track includes Rick Weaver from BMC and Roger Miller.  Great presenters and great networking.  Hope to see you!  The full agenda is included after the jump and all the registration and PayPal access is through our (new) website at: www.bwdb2ug.org.

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IOD Comes to You – Washington, DC, Nov. 17th

Posted by Kim May on November 4, 2009 under DB2 Education, Information on Demand Conference, InfoSphere, Optim. Tags: , , , , , , .

I am back from IOD in Las Vegas.  It was a great conference, but clearly priced beyond the budget of many Information Management software users.  For those of you in the Mid-Atlantic area, here’s another option that will give you a better understanding of IBM’s Information Agenda and where it can benefit your organization.  If nothing else, it will help you understand the products subgroups -Optim-InfoSphere-Filenet-Cognos-Data Servers.

The session is titled, “Unlocking the Business Value of Information“, and will be held Tuesday, November 17th at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in DC.  It’s *free* but you must register on the IBM site here.    Hope I will see you.