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The Fillmore Group was founded by IBM DB2 Gold Consultant Frank C. Fillmore, Jr.

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Support IBM Replication – Vote for RFE QREP-I-216The IBM Request for Enhancement (RFE) system has been moved from developerWorks to the IBM Data & AI Ideas portal. Each "idea" submitted can be voted on by users who log in. The number of votes for each particular request is taken into consideration by the IBM Product Development teams when they are planning product enhancements. More votes = higher probability of getting the request fulfilled. I am reaching out to ask IBM Data & AI solutions users to vote for an existing RFE in the Ideas system, QREP-I-216. This is a replication enhancement to IBM's Q Replication, for customers using the Oracle QApply. The Oracle QApply was developed several years ago when IBM was planning to merge Q Replication and InfoSphere Change Data Capture. It enabled customers to replicate from Db2 for z/OS to Oracle without adding a layer of federation (the old method of applying changes to heterogeneous databases). The user requesting the request has had Q Replication with QApply in production for several years and is asking to have replication monitoring improved. If you haven't logged on the Ideas portal, it's easy, and the homepage gives you access to the enhancement requests as well as each solution roadmap. For this particular RFE, log in here and click on the button on the left side of the screen to vote. Thanks for voting!!  
Virtual IDUG Next WeekThe proliferation of webinars and events transitioning to virtual meetings is getting hard to keep up with, and maybe some of the event fatigue is a result of an explosion of invitations.  Some events are, however, not to be missed, and one of these is the annual North America International Db2 Users Group (IDUG) conference, scheduled for next week. Due to the change from an in person to virtual format, IDUG is offering a generous premium membership to everyone who registers for the virtual conference (which is only $199!!) and will allow attendees to view all session recordings and content. Imagine attending a conference where you can attend ALL sessions, and not spend hours trying to figure out how minimize schedule conflicts and get from one end of the conference center to the other (and get something to drink and hit the restroom) in 10 minutes.  Pretty sweet! If you haven't registered yet, consider it.  The session information and keynotes are on the IDUG homepage (, along with the registration link.  Also, if you've read this far -- I understand IBM still has some remaining vouchers available so customers can attend (as a guest of IBM) your IBM rep if you're interested! From the webpage: The event will include 60+ dynamic sessions, live Q&A with industry experts and leaders, opportunities for engagement with your favorite vendors and each other, and most importantly, cutting-edge technical education streaming straight to your home or office. Your registration also includes a complimentary premium membership so you can access exclusive IDUG content all year long.
Nebula Introductions – The Db2 LUW Mid-Atlantic Users Group Goes Virtual!Join the Mid-Atlantic Db2 LUW user group members -- and more! -- for a virtual meeting coordinated by IBM Hybrid Data Manager Technical Sales Specialist and user group supporter extraordinaire Kay Groski this coming Wednesday, June 10th.  "And more!" means, of course, that anyone from any users group (or not) is welcome to join.  Please do! Kay has scheduled Db2 Offering Manager Karthik Gopalakrishnan to introduce Db2 v11.5.4 aka “Nebula”. Karthik’s team is also working to deliver a series of webinars detailing the new features included in Nebula. The schedule for these sessions and details are below. For next week's Virtual RUG: Topic: Db2 Virtual RUG Meeting June 2020 Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) Meeting address: Program registration password: Db2RUG The follow-on sessions will provide additional detail on specific new features.  Sessions currently scheduled are below.  For speakers, agenda and registration details go to:[] Overview of Db2 Editions Overview of Db2 Editions and Entitlement migration paths from older editions to new. June 9, 2020 Strategy and Roadmaps Overview of Db2's strategic direction and future Roadmap. June 11, 2020 Container Strategy Overview of Db2's Containerization Strategy for Docker and Red Hat Open Shift. June 16, 2020 Developer Features Overview of Db2 REST Service, Python UDF and Drivers. June 18, 2020 Unpacking 11.5.4 Deep Dive into Db2 Nebula release. We will go through exciting new features. June 23, 2020 Graph Database Deep Dive into Db2 Graph Capabilities. June 25, 2020 Machine Learning Deep Dive into Db2's Machine Learning capabilities. June 30, 2020 Enterprise Features Deep Dive into Db2's new Enterprise readiness capabilities. June 30, 2020
Upcoming Db2 Events – As Summer 2020 Goes VirtualI can’t say I’m too disappointed to be taking a break from conference travel and post conference exhaustion, and it’s refreshing to see the creative changes facilitated by the mass transition to virtual events. Given that the primary goal of these events, whether in person or virtual, is to share technical announcements and updates, it seems either format can be successful.  And of course, each has its pros and cons. When this is all over, however, I look forward to reconnecting – in person – with friends and colleagues to share technical updates.  Along with dinner and drinks!! With a virtual “Cheers!” to everyone, here is a list of current and upcoming Db2 events: 1. Going on NOW – Enterprise Data & AI on IBM Z Virtual Symposium, May 19, 20, 21 This complimentary virtual event will explain how to use IBM Z data for modern engagement, analytics and AI applications to become truly insights-driven. Please note: you must register to access copies of all replays. Register here: 2. July -- IDUG Virtual Db2 Tech Conference, July 20, 21, and 23 This three-day event will be followed by three additional weeks of IDUG conference content, making this the perfect way to access the cutting-edge sessions of an IDUG event directly from your home or office. Conference registration also comes with complimentary, year-long premium membership to IDUG, enabling full access to IDUG exclusive articles, blogs, presentations, and forums. Cost: $199 Register here: 3. August -- SHARE Boston, dates TBD In an effort to continue to provide education, networking and influence, SHARE Boston will now be a virtual event. SHARE is looking to deliver opportunities to learn and network with peers in this new format. Stay tuned to the SHARE website for updates. More information: 4. Db2 LUW Virtual Users Group – July, date TBD IBM’s Db2 LUW coordinator extraordinaire Kay Groski is working to schedule speakers and topics so the groups she started in 2018 (including the Mid-Atlantic group I attend) can extend their reach by going virtual – at least for a while. As details are confirmed I will share more here.
“45 Minutes to Understand #IBM #Replication – Sources & Targets, Lower Latency, Costs” Recording and MaterialsOver 180 folks attended the "45 Minutes to Understand IBM Replication – Sources & Targets, Lower Latency, Costs" webinar on April 30, 2020 hosted by my colleague @KimMayTFG and me.  Thank you for joining us -- along with the excellent questions and feedback. These are the presentation materials IBM Data Replication Update 2020-04-30 You'll find the recording of the webinar here.
Replication Webinar Thursday – Please Join Us!This Thursday, April 30th, join Frank Fillmore for a fast, information-packed webinar, loaded with IBM replication solution information for both non-IBM and IBM replication customers.  Come join us and learn!  Details and the registration link are in the post below.
IBM Replication: Competitive Webinar April 30th – Register Now!Please join us for a webinar Thursday, April 30th, on IBM replication: 45 Minutes to Understand IBM Replication -- Sources & Targets, Lower Latency, Costs   The webinar is intended for technical teams currently not using IBM replication solutions, although the webinar content will provide an excellent overview of IBM's current offerings -- an excellent refresher and update for IBM replication customers.  Hey, it's a webinar -- anyone can attend!! Abstract:  Technical organizations rely on replication to deliver accurate data when its needed. IBM replication supports an extensive list of sources and targets -- including legacy mainframe data repositories -- as well as best of breed deployment models and specialty replication solutions. If your organization is considering a new replication deployment or looking to replace your existing replication to extend functionality -- or reduce cost -- please join IBM Gold Consultant Frank C. Fillmore, Jr., for a webinar overview of IBM's replication offerings. The webinar will cover: 1. The sources and targets supported by IBM replication. 2. Each solution available today, and their costs. 3. Latency, deployment and administrative considerations. Date:          Thursday, 4/30/2020 Time:          11:00am -- 12:00pm EDT Register HERE  Presenter:  Frank Fillmore Frank C. Fillmore, Jr. is the Founder and President of The Fillmore Group, Inc., an IBM Business Partner specializing in replication solutions in the IBM Data and Analytics portfolio. Frank has been a Db2 Gold Consultant since 1998 and is currently an IBM Champion for both Analytics and System z. Frank frequently presents on cutting-edge topics at regional and international user group meetings and is an IBM authorized instructor for delivery of replication courses including Q Replication, ICDC and pureScale.  Frank leads a team of expert consultants delivering presales, implementation and enablement support to IBM replication customers. Want to learn more about the Gold Consultants?  Visit the IBM Gold webpage HERE.
Congratulations to Arvind Krishna!!Yesterday was one of those, "Where were you when you heard the news?" days -- I was at the gym (yes, I do go once in a very long while), watching the financial news and saw the headline announcing Arvind Krishna as IBM's New CEO, effective April 6th.  I was so excited I ran out to my car, grabbed my phone and started calling Db2 people. Arvind has been a great supporter of the Db2 community, is the executive sponsor of the Gold program, and the rare sort of leader who can hand you a challenge and make you feel honored to be asked.  I am so excited for IBM, their customers, and Business Partners to have Arvind in charge. The photo below is from an IBM dinner I was invited to attend a few years back with two of the best IBM'ers I know -- Arvind and Db2 and replication superstar Christian Zentgraf.  I am looking forward to an exciting 2020 for the Db2 community!!
Db2 12 Certification Input and Master Class – Help the Db2 Community – and you!With 2020 off to a positive start for Db2 12 there are two current events I hope are on your radar. First, IDUG is supporting an effort to create a new Db2 12 certification, led by IBM Gold Consultant and Champion Dan Luksetich, who also manages the Db2-L listserv.  A survey was created to gather responses to the specific technical issues the community considers important.  If you have time to complete the survey and contribute, it is much appreciated by the IBM community.  Take the survey here.  And of course, if you aren't already monitoring (or better yet, contributing to!) Db2-L, sign-up.  It's easy and free -- Db2-L. Second, IBM is offering a week-long Db2 Master Class for advanced Db2 for z/OS system and database administrators clients, led by Distinguished Engineer, John Campbell.  John will be joined by Adrian Burke and Michael Dewert. The US-based session will be held at IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory (SVL), Monday, September 28 (8 am) to Friday, October 2, 2020 (2:30 pm), in San Jose, California.  The complete outline is attached. Participants will meet the Db2 for z/OS development team -- visit the incredible people whose work is known worldwide! If you are interested in attending this class, fill in and submit the application form.  Class is a client-only course, participation is BY INVITATION only, and seating is very limited.  Applications will be reviewed and acceptance notices will be emailed.  Apply HERE. A registration link with payment instructions will be included in the invitation. If you have any questions, please contact Dorothy Lin ( There are pre-requisites, and attendees must have at least 1 of the following certifications (or the equivalent experience level): -- IBM Certified System Administrator -- Db2 for z/OS -- IBM Certified Database Administrator -- Db2 for z/OS Cost $2,500 USD per client participant Client participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meal expenses A registration link with payment instructions will be included in the invitation. Db2 for z 2020 Master Class Summary and Outline
Congratulations to the 2020 IBM Champions! IBM Champion Program Director Libby Ingrassia sent messages to the selected 2020 IBM Champions last night.  Congratulations to all -- particularly new Champions!  Libby posted a complete list of Champions, by competency, on the IBM Developer Blog. Congratulations to Frank Fillmore for being selected as both a Data and AI Champion and a System z Champion.  Along with Frank, I am proud to have been selected as a Data and AI Champion.  As long-time participants in the program we recommend it to anyone actively supporting the Db2 community -- through outreach efforts such as conference presentations, blogging and promoting IBM events, as well as internal events, such as mentoring co-workers and facilitating skills enablement for your peers.  The goal of the program is to support -- and celebrate -- your success.  If I can help guide you through the process so that you can be a 2021 Champion let me know.  I would be happy to help! What are IBM Champions?  From Libby's blog: "These individuals evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge, and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on IBM offerings. IBM Champions spend a considerable amount of their own time, energy, and resources on community efforts—organizing and leading user group events, answering questions in forums, contributing articles and applications, publishing podcasts, sharing instructional videos, and more. We have book authors and YouTube stars, as well as those who work behind the scenes as client, press, or analyst references. The program selects Champions annually based on individual contributions that go beyond the scope of a person's job, so that we can recognize and reward those who give so generously of their time, effort, and energy." Libby also hosts a Champions in Action series, coordinates Champion events at Think and IDUG conferences, and maintains a directory of all Champions. Keep up with the IBM Champions and their activities on Twitter either by @IBMChampions or by the #IBMChampion hashtag. Thanks Libby and Congrats 2020 Champions!!!