The Fillmore Group Selects Attunity

Posted by Frank Fillmore on February 21, 2011 under Attunity, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , , .

The Fillmore Group Selects Attunity to Provide Real-time Data Integration Solutions to IBM Mainframe and DB2 Customers


Partnership to provide customers with affordable data integration solutions based on Attunity’s technology and The Fillmore Group’s IBM systems expertise


BURLINGTON, MA & BALTIMORE, MD – February 17, 2011 – Attunity  Ltd. (OTC BB: ATTUF.OB), a leading provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, and The Fillmore Group, a provider of IBM systems consulting, training and integration services, announced today a partnership to deliver IBM Mainframe and DB2 customers with affordable data integration solutions that leverage Attunity’s real-time data integration software and The Fillmore Group’s extensive IBM systems knowledge and expertise. Read More…

Save Your Unspent 2010 Budget Dollars with a Retainer

Posted by Frank Fillmore on December 7, 2010 under Authorized Training Partner, DB2 Education, IBM DB2 Services, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , .

As the end of the year approaches, if you have been careful with spending and have remaining 2010 budget, please consider purchasing a DB2 services or training retainer from The Fillmore Group.

With a services or training retainer, your organization can preserve unspent 2010 budget funds and use them next year.  Here is how it works:

Services:  purchase a minimum of 150 DB2 services hours in advance at an hourly rate of $150 per hour.  These services hours will be placed in a retainer for your organization’s use over the next 24 months.   The Fillmore Group has been delivering retainer-based services to customers looking for lower rates for ten years.  When you add in the benefit of stretching budget funds across multiple years, the value increases even more.  If you are interested there is a comprehensive description of retainer-based services on our website( – the link is on the left side of the homepage).

Training:  purchase a private DB2 class in advance for delivery in 2011.  The Fillmore Group uses IBM authorized curriculum, IBM remote eLabs (to minimize lab setup hassles) and experienced instructors.  A three-day class retainer for a private class of up to six students is $12,000 and a four-day class retainer for a private class of up to six students is $14,000. 

If you are interested and have questions, please contact us at (410) 465-6335 – and we will look forward to working with you in 2011!

Webcast to Explain New DB2 Packaging – AESE

Posted by Frank Fillmore 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 (

InfoSphere Data Architect Webcast with Norma Mullin

Posted by Frank Fillmore on October 5, 2010 under Optim, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , .

IBM’s Norma Mullin is presenting a webcast next week titled, “Using What’s New in InfoSphere Data Architect to Accelerate Design for Data Warehouse and BI”.  Norma, whose official IBM title is Consulting IT Specialist/Client Technical Specialist, has worked extensively with customers implementing IDA and authored a whitepaper on migrating from ERWIN to IDA.  The webcast is scheduled to run from 1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern time this coming Thursday, October 14th.  To register, go to:

Norma’s presentation abstract is below:

InfoSphere Data Architect is a data design solution to model, relate, and develop data assets. New features will help accelerate the design of data warehouses, automatically discover and create data warehouse schema, and enable the use of standardized logical models to centralize data definitions across the enterprise.

What you will learn: • Classify dimensions, create dimensional objects and analyze dimensional models in InfoSphere Data Architect • Work with dimensional physical models • How InfoSphere Data Architect integrates with Cognos and InfoSphere Warehouse

DB2 Connect Virtual Users Group

Posted by Frank Fillmore 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 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.

Informix Experts Come to Baltimore

Posted by Frank Fillmore on September 7, 2010 under Informix, Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

Next Tuesday, September 14th, The Fillmore Group is hosting Carlton Doe, Charles Gonsalves and Warren Heising for an Informix celebration day.  The day’s agenda includes sessions on the new pricing options, reasons to upgrade to v11, and how to make Informix service options work for your organization.  Carlton Doe will be on hand to provide a peek into the future with the release of “Panther”.  This is a *free* event with lunch on TFG, so please join us.  Registration is HERE.  Jump for the full agenda.    Read More…

Local September Events – RUG and PoT

Posted by Frank Fillmore on August 25, 2010 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, Optim, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , .

If you are in the Baltimore/Washington area I want to make you are aware of two upcoming DB2 events – the September Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group meeting with a special LUW track on September 15th, and a hands-on pureQuery Proof of Technology The Fillmore Group is hosting in our Towson headquarters the following day, September 16th. 

IBM Silicon Valley Lab’s Vijay Bommireddipalli is presenting at the users group meeting the 15th on .NET and Java tuning, then leading the pureQuery PoT the following day.  Read More…

IBM/Optim Team Virtual Tech Briefing – DB2 Connect

Posted by Frank Fillmore 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:

InfoSphere Data Architect – Help for ERWIN Users

Posted by Frank Fillmore on July 2, 2010 under DB2 Education, InfoSphere, Optim, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , .

While the IBM Optim teams are excited to see customers adopting InfoSphere Data Architect, everyone recognizes the journey from CA ERwin to IDA can be frustrating.   The Optim team has been working to develop more resource materials for ERwin users and recently emailed a new Tips & Tricks guide developed by Joe Cullen.  If you find this valuable please let us know, and we will let you know when the new materials are released.  Thanks to Joe Cullen for offering to share this with the community!

IDA Tips&Tricks by Joe Cullen

Free Webcast Thursday, June 24th – pureQuery from developerworks

Posted by Frank Fillmore on June 18, 2010 under DB2 Education, DB2 for z/OS, Optim, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , .

The developerworks team has announced a free technical webcast next week on pureQuery, based on feedback from the z community.  Like other developerworks webcasts it will be available for replay – as is the recommended prerequisite, pureQuery Part 1.

pureQuery Deep Dive Part 3:  Client Optimization Administration Enhancements for DBA’s

June 24th, at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific

Our dynamic duo of client optimization experts is back again!  Patrick Titzler and Chris Farrar, who some of you may remember from pureQuery Deep Dive Part 1, will discuss the enhancements released in Fix Pack 3 in Optim Development Studio and pureQuery Runtime that make the maintenance, security, and management of the client optimization processes better for DBA’s.  These enhancements are driven by real customer experiences and are centered around a relational repository that enhances security, fosters collaboration and streamlines the process of administering a pureQuery-enabled application.  Tooling support for these capabilities in Optim Development Studio will be demonstrated. 

Register today and don’t miss out on your opportunity to hear from the experts!