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Celebrate DB2 in the Baltimore-Washington-NoVA Area!December User Group Meetings Coming up in December are two (yes 2, TWO!!) Db2 Users Group events in the Baltimore-Washington-NoVA area: first, the Mid-Atlantic Db2 LUW group is scheduled to meet December 6th in Bethesda. This meeting is sponsored by IBM, there is no fee to attend, and features two sessions on Data Server Manager with DSM Offering Manager Peter Kohlmann, and a session on the future of Db2 by Dr. Jon Lind, the Db2 Product Offering Manager. This meeting is being held in conjunction with Washington Area Informix Users Group, and we are looking forward to sharing lunch and networking with their session attendees. Registration is required; register HERE. Details on the Mid-Atlantic Db2 sessions and the registration link (registration is required) are below; information on the Washington Informix sessions is HERE. The following week, the Baltimore/Washington Db2 Users Group will host our quarterly meeting Wednesday, December 12th at the BWI Hilton. The day's sessions include presentations by IBM's Master Inventor Terry Purcell, along with 3 (yes, 3!) user presentations, from Steve Cricchi, and NFCU's Joe Huang and Joe Watson. Details on the sessions and agenda are below, and attached. Registration is required; register HERE. If you are in the area, please join us. And if you are going to join us, bring a friend! Mid-Atlantic Db2 User Group Meeting Sponsored by IBM Date: December 6, 2018 Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (registration opens at 9:30am) Location: IBM, 6710 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20817 Cost: There is no cost but attendees must pre-register HERE Agenda: 9:30am – 10:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast 10:00am – 11:15am Data Server Manager, Part 1. Peter Kohlmann, presenter 11:15am – 11:30am Break 11:30am – 12:45pm Data Server Manager, Part 2. Peter Kohlmann, presenter 12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch, sponsored by IBM 1:45pm – 3:00pm What’s New in Db2? Jon Lind, presenter Session Abstracts Data Server Manager, Part 1 Learn about the latest trends, directions and updates to the full line of Data Management Consoles for the Db2 family of offerings from ground to cloud. Where are we today, what is our vision and how are we getting there. Data Server Manager, Part 2 Go on a deep dive of how to monitor the overall performance of your Db2 family database. Learn how to dive deeply into the three levels of statement monitoring and choose which to use for your specific challenge. And learn how to use Db2 Workloads to surgically decompose your database performance by application and by user to see exactly who is doing what. What’s New in Db2? In this session attendees will gain an understanding of IBM’s Db2 product roadmap. IBM’s current strategy and plans for Db2 include increased functionality and support for a variety of deployment options – on premise, cloud, and several “mix and match” offerings. Presented by IBM Db2 Product Offering Manager Dr. Jon Lind, you will gain an understanding of IBM’s plans for the future of Db2. Whether your organization has been running Db2 for LUW for years or weeks, or if you are just beginning to consider Db2, this session will provide an excellent summary of what’s available today and what IBM’s investment in Db2 will deliver in the future. Presenters Peter Kohlmann Peter Kohlmann has been a member of the IBM database and Analytics development and product management teams since Version 2 of Db2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows. He is currently an IBM Offering Manager with a focus on tools for database and data services and IBM Data Server Manager used for the Db2 family. He was one of the original developers and designers of the Db2 Control Center and also created the Technology Explorer for IBM Db2 open source project. As the Db2 Release Manager he oversaw the delivery of Db2 for LUW 10.1 and 10.5 and he also directed the new technology adoption program for Db2 pureScale Version 9.8. Jon Lind Jon Lind is the Db2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Product Manager, supporting one of the largest software products at IBM. Dr. Lind’s responsibilities include managing, positioning, marketing, and deploying Db2. He works with customers, internal product teams and key partners to drive product enhancements as well as the IBM marketing, sales and channel teams to determine the various routes to market for successful product launch and go-to-market campaigns. Prior to this role he held various technical positions in the IBM Toronto Lab and IBM Beaverton Lab, from technical development, project management, technical support, to management. With his solid technical background and broad experience in many areas of enterprise software business, Dr. Lind has assisted customers across all geographic areas at all levels – from development to C-level executives. Washington Area Informix Users Group (WAIUG) Meeting Sponsored by IBM Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018 Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm (registration opens at 9:30am) Location: IBM, 6710 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20817 Cost: There is no cost but attendees must pre-register HERE Session Abstracts Docker & Informix – What can Docker do for you? Presenter: Darin Tracy Understand what Docker is, how it works. How to create an Informix Docker image and best practices. Docker containerization is the first step into using Kubernetes as a fault tolerant clustering service. Darin began working for Informix in 1994 and continues to work for IBM now. He has worked in the openlink support group, and the Down Systems Group and has been with the APD (RT) group. Darin has presented at many IIUG events as well as many internal classes to IBM support. Informix roadmap – Where do we go from here? Presenter: Karen Qualley What might we expect from Informix in 5 years? Join IBM to learn about the Informix roadmap and what the team is working on. Informix HCL Licensing Presenter: Karen Qualley Information about changes and plans for the Informix licensing model from HCL. Baltimore/Washington Db2 Users Group -- sponsored by IBM Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm (registration at 8:30am) Location: Hilton BWI Airport, 1739 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 Fees: $30 Pre-registered and $40 At-the-door Register: HERE Agenda: 9:00am – 10:15am Optimize Db2 for z/OS with Machine Learning using IBM Db2 AI for z/OS Presenter: Terry Purcell, IBM 10:15am – 10:30am Break 10:30am – 11:45am Db2 12 and Continuous Delivery -- What's New from the Optimizer? Presenter: Terry Purcell, IBM 11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch Sponsored by IBM 12:45pm – 2:00pm Automating Accelerator Batch Loads in Single Instance Environments Presenter: Steve Cricchi 2:00pm – 2:15pm Break 2:15pm – 2:45pm Using and Implementing the Db2 Profiles Presenter: Joe Huang, NFCU 2:45pm – 3:30pm NFCU Db2 12 Migration Experience Presenter: Joe Watson, NFCU Session Abstracts Optimize Db2 for z/OS with Machine Learning using IBM Db2 AI for z/OS Terry Purcell, presenter Machine learning is now prevalent in our day to day activities as it helps us make better data driven decisions. Therefore, it makes sense to extend that same technology to help tune performance for Db2 for z/OS. Db2 AI for z/OS applies machine learning insights from your workload characteristics to empower the Db2 optimizer and find better access paths for SQL queries. This offering enables clients to see out-of-the-box CPU and elapsed time savings. Db2AI for z/OS embeds machine learning and IBM domain expertise to provide customized recommendations for performance tuning. Learn how Db2AI for z/OS applies IBM Machine Learning for z/OS to better optimize Db2 for z/OS performance. Db2 12 and Continuous Delivery -- What's New from the Optimizer? Terry Purcell, presenter DB2 12 for z/OS has been announced and DB2 has embarked on Continuous Delivery for ongoing features. So what's coming from the optimizer team regarding further performance enhancements? DB2 12 for z/OS had already delivered outstanding performance and scalability improvements from UNION ALL and outer join performance improvements, sort optimizations, improved predicate indexability and tighter integration of the Optimizer and RUNSTATS. This presentation will outline what was delivered and how future optimizer enhancements apply to continuous delivery. Automating Accelerator Batch Loads in Single Instance Environments Steve Cricchi, presenter When concurrency is not needed for warehouse applications it is possible to use standard z/OS tools to load a Db2 Analytics Accelerator without sample programs or 3rd party tools. See the mechanics of how to do this for a cycle-driven process with a high degree of usability and easy job output management. Using and Implementing the Db2 Profiles Joe Huang, presenter How to implement the Db2 Profiles at your shop with real life use cases. The presentation will show you how to configure and activate a Db2 Profile. The components of PROFILE tables and the relationship between PROFILE and ATTRIBUTE table. The presentation will also introduce the Navy Federal Credit Union use cases such as: to control number of active DBAT threads, to control IDLE THREAD TIMEOUT, bind DISTRIBUTED packages using multiple COLLID and Simulate PROD environment in TEST to trick optimizer. NFCU Db2 12 Migration Experience Joe Watson, presenter Navy Federal Credit Union recently migrated DB2 to V12 from V11. The migration occurred 'online' where production workflow continued to process without interruption. This was a major achievement for increased system availability / less system downtime, and the first major software implementation of this type for NFC. This implementation also ranks among a very few number of organizations that have done online migration. This presentation will outline the basic concepts pertinent to the NFC DB2 system configuration that enabled online migration to be pursued, along with challenges that existed and the approaches to resolve them. Presenter Bio’s Terry Purcell is a Senior Technical Staff Member with the IBM Silicon Valley Lab, where he is lead designer for the Db2 for z/OS Optimizer. Terry has 25 years of experience with Db2 in SQL Performance and optimization as a customer, consultant and Db2 developer. Terry is an IBM Master Inventor with more than 25 U.S. patents for database search Technology. Steve Cricchi has over 25 years of Db2 DBA experience starting with V1.3. He currently supports Db2 applications on V11 for a major financial organization. Joe Huang is a Certified Db2 DBA with 30 years of IT experience. During his career, Joe has held several job roles in Application Programming, Db2 z/OS system administration, IBM Mainframe System Architecture and Db2 z/OS Database Administration. Joe is an IBM Certified Db2 V11 Database Administrator and an IBM Certified Db2 V11 System Administrator. Joe plays Classic Guitar and he performs at a local 5 star rated restaurant in Northern Virginia. Joseph Watson is a Senior DB2 database administrator with Navy Federal Credit Union, with experience as database and system administration since version 1.3. Joe earned Master of Computer Science degree from Howard University; Certificate In Information Systems from George Washington University. Previous duties include DB2 administration, IMS programming, CICS programming, application consulting/training for EDS, Verizon, and consulting/training for IBM including government top secret security assignments. In a past life Joe was a science and math teacher for the MD Montgomery County school district. Db2 and Informix Users Groups 12.6.18 Agenda Baltimore Washington Db2 Users Group 12.6.18 Agenda
Time to be ThankfulIt's the time of year to reflect on what we are thankful for and in this spirit Frank and I had a discussion recently about the many terrific colleagues and customers we've had the opportunity to work with over the past year, and how much we appreciate their impact on the success of The Fillmore Group and our lives. Many thanks! Too often we become frustrated with the day-to-day "churn" of doing business as an IBM Business Partner, but our shared efforts have resulted in many positive outcomes for us as individuals, and for our organizations' ability to leverage IBM solutions. Two individuals deserve special recognition for their efforts: Susan Lawson and Ed Lynch. Both have demonstrated how deep technical skills and a positive outlook contribute to the Db2 community. Susan, as a Gold Consultant, introduced her network of Golds to an IBM team responding to an enterprise customer's "SOS!" after a significant performance issue. The customer recognized their need for expert assistance and IBM reached out to Susan. Susan in turn recommended the Gold Consultants as a resource ready and willing to assist. As Frank Fillmore has been part of an effort by the Golds' leadership team to better integrate their skills with IBM's consulting practices, her willingness to promote their skills and abilities reinforced to the IBM team, and to the Golds, the availability of this skilled community of consultants looking for ways to connect and support IBM customers. Rather than just keeping her head down and focusing on the specific tasks assigned to her, she raised her hand and introduced a whole team of colleagues ready to help. Thank you Susan! Ed, as an IBM technical expert and evangelist, found himself "retired" earlier this year and reached out to group of colleagues indicating his interest in returning to work. Coincidentally, IBM Lab Services transitioned their services model from utilizing inhouse/staff consultants to using Business Partner resources to support certain technologies in their portfolio. While Lab Services has long maintained subcontract relationships with IBM Business Partners to extend their "bench" resources, partners have been used infrequently and often as a last resort. This new initiative was unfamiliar territory and "mismatched expectations" is perhaps the most positive spin I can put on it. Ed cheerfully and professionally responded to cycles of administrative drama, unclear customer requests, overseas travel and constant uncertainty as to what was coming next. Thanks to his efforts several IBM replication customers were able to obtain the support they needed to be successful. Thank you Ed! To Susan and Ed -- with special thanks -- Happy Thanksgiving!!
Starting to Think About ThinkLast year Frank and I chose not to attend Think in Las Vegas. While I missed the networking (socializing/fun) part of conference, it didn't feel like a "must attend" event, as the Information on Demand and Insight Conferences had in the past. And, since we didn't go to Think, Frank and I instead attended IDUG Europe in Lisbon, which was awesome. Lisbon was stunningly beautiful, the people at the conference were great fun and the technical discussions were focused on Db2's future, which is of course important to The Fillmore Group. So then why am I thinking about attending Think 2019? I’m curious… First, my grudging acceptance of the shrinking role data management is playing in IBM's strategy has me curious about what the future holds. As I write this Bain Capital has recently acquired Rocket Software, and the rumor mill is churning with theories on what will happen to Db2 for z/OS and the mainframe. Do I expect a great announcement at Think, or insight into IBM's strategy that will shape our business plans? No. But I think the conversation -- with customers and colleagues -- will help guide The Fillmore Group's focus over the next few years. Second, I find IBM listens to Business Partners less and less each year. The Partnerworld program has always been a source of frustration to me, as the rules and guidelines seem thinly disguised to hide IBM's intention to work with a handful of partners, and exclude the rest. I recognize The Fillmore Group IS a small partner, but one with deep technical skills and a lot of history with some of IBM's key customers, so I have often attended conferences almost solely for the opportunity to meet with IBM management about ways to improve Partnerworld. The concepts I pitched -- crazy concepts like accountability, transparency, and support for partners teaming -- were often given 15 minutes and a, "gee it would be nice if we could". However, once in a while I felt my ideas were heard and given consideration. My requests to meet with IBM execs to discuss my concerns -- a "partner benefit" -- were denied at the last two conferences I attended. And earlier this year at a partner event when I asked a question about the percentage of sales leads being passed to IBM's largest (and most favored) partners the presenter shrugged and said, "We all know this is a relationship business." So do I think someone will actually solicit my input on the current state of Partnerworld and consider changing Partnerworld to facilitate the success of smaller partners? No, I do not. However, there may be an opportunity to discuss IBM's poor channel support with other Business Partners, and I’m interested to learn what others are doing to succeed in spite of Partnerworld’s shortcomings. Third, I want to see which customers post. I understand overall conference attendance numbers will be inflated, and the ratio of IBM’ers to customers will be high. However, with so many customers announcing their “Cloud First” and mainframe modernization projects, it will be interesting to see who attends and which sessions are popular. I’ve watched attendance at my local users group decline about 30% over the past two years and I know the members no longer attending are busy with other initiatives. Think should be a good market test as even customers whose passes are paid for by IBM are typically responsible for their own travel expenses. The net: I plan to attend because I am curious. If you are too, I look forward to seeing you. Registration is open, with an early bird discount. Here’s the IBM announcement and registration info: Think is IBM's flagship conference, focused on delivering the technical training, certifications, expertise, and networking opportunities you need to stay ahead. Designed with your goals in mind, Think 2019 will help you find the technologies your company needs to grow and thrive. You can sharpen your skills through 1,700+ technical and business sessions, 350+ technical breakouts, and hundreds of hands-on labs and certifications. You'll learn how to unlock new opportunities with the latest advances in cloud, AI, IT infrastructure, data, and more. You can even work with IBM experts one-on-one to solve your toughest challenges. And, of course, there will be many chances to expand your network with thousands of peers, IBM Business Partners, and thought leaders throughout the week. Register now to save $300 with early bird pricing, access the best deals at choice hotels, and be among the first to plan the trip of a lifetime as Think takes over San Francisco! Learn more and register today at https://www.ibm.com/think
Get #Db2 for FREE! New Db2 Developer Edition including #Docker and #DBaaS #IBMAnalyticsA customer came to me recently looking for Db2 Express-C which he had previously used to distribute to developers in his organization. I couldn't find Db2 Express-C v11. Was there no longer a current free version of Db2 for developers and academics?!?!? Seems it has just been rebranded and expanded. Now there's the Db2 Developer Edition available for free that's even better. There are three form factors:Code that you can install yourself on bare metal or in a virtualized environment.A Docker container.A fully-managed DBaaS cloud implementation.These are fully-featured editions of Db2 for a proof-of-concept or even a small production implementation. Caveats: Free means support comes from your peers, not IBM.You are limited in terms of data stored and memory exploited.You can acquire support and eliminate the limits for a Db2 Developer Edition by purchasing and applying a license key. No re-installation or data migration will be necessary. Get started with Db2 today.
Db2 for LUW “Live from the Lab” October 1, 2018 #Db2 #IBMAnalyticsOn Monday, October 1, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT IBM will stream Day 1 of the IBM Gold Consultants briefing "Live from the Lab" from the IBM Toronto software development lab. This is free and open to everyone. Topics include: Db2 for LUW v22.214.171.124Db2 Event StoreIBM Integrated Analytics System (IIAS) – Db2 Warehouse applianceDb2 on CloudDb2 VirtualizationDb2 ToolsOpen source DB (MongoDB and PostgreSQL)Here is the link to register
IDUG Call for Speakers Open Until October 19th The Call for Speakers for the 2019 IDUG North America Conference, scheduled for Charlotte, NC, from June 2 -- 6, 2019, is open. For Db2 users this is an excellent opportunity to share your experience with your peers. IDUG has a well documented presentation submission format and process, detailed on the IDUG North America webpage. You may submit an unlimited number of abstracts. However, it is important that you provide all of the information requested when submitting your presentation(s) for review. Failure to provide all requested information may impact whether or not the abstract is accepted. One last note: given the timing, don't forget to reach out to your local Db2 RUG and offer to deliver your presentation at one of their meetings prior to the conference. It's a great opportunity to do a practice run, and also allow your local peers -- some of whom may not be attending the conference -- to appreciate your work. From the IDUG webpage: "IDUG is soliciting presentation abstracts that explore into details of implementation, migrating to a new release, or maximizing performance from any member of the DB2 product family. In recognition of the complex requirements of today’s database implementations, presentation abstracts relating to migration from Oracle to DB2, upgrading within versions of DB2, and new hardware implementations are also being requested. Presentations may cover details of DB2 tools, Big Data and other ancillary DB2 products. All presentations must be strongly technical in nature, cannot contain marketing themes, and must support and strengthen the information services community by providing the highest quality education and services designed to promote the effective utilization of the DB2 and its family of products."
From Florence to IDUG – Thinking Good Thoughts for CharlotteWith Hurricane Florence finally moving north and giving North Carolina a break from the wind and rain, our thoughts are with friends, family and colleagues who live and work in the area. If you were impacted by the storm I hope the damage was minimal and limited to easily replaceable "stuff". I've prepared and watched some of these horrible weather events (yes, I foolishly drove TO the beach for Superstorm Sandy) and have seen their damage, but also the amazing post-storm rebound, as communities come together to repair, and in many cases, rebuild newer, stronger buildings and infrastructure. I am looking forward to seeing post-Florence Charlotte this Spring during the IDUG North America Tech Conference, from June 2 -- 6, 2019. This year's conference offers new educational opportunities and more training than ever before! Attendees will experience: •Five days of education sessions •Half and full-day workshops •More than 100 one-hour technical sessions •Two expert panels on z/OS and LUW Registration is open and the early bird discount is available. Please keep the folks in Charlotte (and the surrounding area) impacted by the storm in your thoughts.
Frank Fillmore to Present on IDAA V7 (“Sailfish”) at the Baltimore/Washington Db2 Users GroupFollowing his successful hands-on IDAA class in Columbus, Frank Fillmore will be presenting on the IDAA at the September Baltimore/Washington Db2 Users Group, scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th. Frank's presentation and bio are below -- last, per his request -- keep reading -- ! If you are in the area September 12th please join us. If you have any questions on the upcoming meeting or are interested in presenting please contact me. Date: Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 Time: 9:00 AM -- 3:30 PM (registration at 8:30) Location: Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport, 1739 W Nursery Road, 21090 Fees: Pre-registered members: $30, Pre-registered non-members: $40 At-the-door: Members: $40, non-members: $50 Schedule: Registration 8:30 -- 9:00 9:00 -- 10:15: Copy Smarter -- Unload/Load, DSN1COPY and Beyond Kai Stroh, UBS Hainer When you get tasked with setting up a refresh process for thousands of Db2 z/OS tables you probably have a few thoughts running through your head: How long does it take to create all the required jobs? How long for all the control cards? Do all the target tables exist, or are there any new tables in production? Have tables been changed? Better double check if the tables have grown or if Db2 has added more VSAMs so that you don't run out of space halfway through like last time. Don't forget catalog statistics and RTS. And those identity columns and sequences -- they're always trouble. What seems like little bits and pieces at first can really stretch your staff thin, which is why automation is key if you want to save time and energy. This presentation discusses advantages and disadvantages of different utilities that copy Db2 data, but the main focus is automating all the side tasks that DBAs usually need to do in addition to copying the data itself. 10:15 -- 10:30: Break 10:30 -- 11:45: Log Enhanced Copies for 24×7 DB2 Refresh/Migration Kai Stroh, UBS Hainer LOB compression is one of the more interesting features of Db2 12. It promises performance gains for your application that use LOB's, coupled with disk savings! This presentation provides an overview of the feature, and discusses some of the performance characteristics. Then we move on to pros and cons, and a process for taking advantage of the feature. 11:45 -- 12:45: Lunch 12:45 -- 2:00: Machine Learning Jonathan Sloan, IBM Gain an overall understanding of Machine Learning for z/OS and its role in enabling advanced analytics on IBM Z. You will learn how this machine learning technology integrates with Db2 Analytics Accelerator and Db2 for z/OS to drive real-time insight on an enterprise scale. 2:00 -- 2:15: Break 2:15 -- 3:30: IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) V7 had a Brain and Heart Transplant Frank Fillmore, The Fillmore Group IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) v7 has been completely re-engineered. Previous IDAA versions were based on legacy Netezza technology including PostgreSQL (the "brain") and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA -- the "heart"). IDAA v7 -- aka "Sailfish" -- uses Db2 with BLU Acceleration and POWER processors. The benefits are greater compatibility between Db2 for z/OS and the IDAA, fewer hardware problems, improved Incremental Update latency, and lots more. If you are an existing IDAA shop considering migrating to v7 or have not previously considered IDAA, this presentation will cover what you need to know. Speaker: Kai Stroh earned a Computer Science degree from the University of Darmstadt and is a mainframe software developer specializing in Db2 utilities for z/OS. He designs and builds innovative Db2 applications and utilities often working onsite or remotely with UBS' international clients. He easily navigates his way around Db2 dumps and knows how to move data and definitions across Db2 versions, and this includes the unique in-house Db2 subsystems which each have their own little technical adaptations. Jonathan Sloan is a Senior Certified Executive Software IT Specialist, with more than two decades experience successfully leading, selling and implementing business analytic and data warehouse applications as a vendor as well as an implementer. He joined IBM in 2000 and specializes in helping customers understand the application of IBM Information management technology to business problems. Frank C. Fillmore, Jr. is the Founder and President of The Fillmore Group, Inc., a Premier IBM Business Partner specializing in Hybrid Cloud and Analytics. Frank has been a Db2 Gold Consultant since 1998 and currently is an IBM Champion for both Analytics and System z. Frank has frequently presented on cutting-edge topics at regional and international Db2 Users Group meetings and the IBM Insight conference.
IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) v7 Workshop a Success! #IBMz #IBMAnalyticsOn July 23 and 24, 2018 The Fillmore Group delivered a hands-on IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) v7 Workshop to 12 students across 5 different enterprises at the IBM Dublin, Ohio (USA) Technical Education Center. This was the first IDAA v7 hands-on Workshop delivered to customers anywhere. Many thanks to Atlee, Bill, Bob, Dom, Emmi, Larry, Marshall, Mohammed, Naga, Ruth, Shawn, and Toby for all of the great questions. Kudos to the IBM Poughkeepsie Benchmark Center for standing up the IDAA v7 environment in record time with just-released functionality like Incremental Update. And thanks to IBMers Rich Gast, Mike Hood, Sandro Ramirez (aka "Nicky's Dad"), Julie Efthymiou, and Rudy Benvenuto for all of their support. Finally -- and most importantly -- the Workshop's flawless execution from scheduling, invitations and outreach to customers, to welcome packets for travelers, to food service, and overall logistics was the direct result of many months of hard work on the part of my colleague, Kim May. I really appreciate it! The presentation materials are here:IDAA Workshop 2018-07 Since IDAA v7 is so radically different from it's predecessors, the Workshop generated lots of questions which will be incorporated into future sessions. Watch this space.
New Mid-Atlantic Db2 for LUW Users Group AnnouncedAfter a few months of discussion and support from the IBM community-focused Db2 technical team and local Db2 users, a new RUG, the Mid-Atlantic Db2 for LUW Users Group, is here! The group will kick off with their first meeting on Wednesday, August 15th at the McLean TEC. The team is working on the exact schedule for the day and planning a late morning start, most likely 10am, to allow for traffic (a challenge to us all!) IBM is sponsoring the meeting and bringing STSM Date McInnis in from the Toronto Lab to present. There will be no charge to attend the meeting, however registration is required. I will update this post with the registration link as soon as it is set up. In the meantime please mark you calendar and plan to join us if you are a Db2 user. And if you run into IBM's Kay Groski, Lynn Chou and/or Warren Heising, or Db2 Gold Consultants and IBM Champions Ken Shaffer and Steve Mazer, please give them a shout out for their efforts to make this new group a reality. ...and here's the update -- just in! Register on Eventbrite HERE. The agenda: 10:00 -- 11:00 Db2 Topic: Db2 Backup and Restore best practice with Dale McInnis 11:00 -- 11:15 break 11:15 -12:15 Db2 Topic: Building a resilient DB with Db2 with Dale McInnis 12:15 -- 1:00 lunch 1:00 -- 1:45 Emerging Technologies Topic: ICPD overview with Kay Groski 1:45 -- 2:00 break 2:00 -- 3:00 Emerging Technologies Topic: Topic DSX Local with demo with Steve Geringer *** Please note: There is a fee for parking ***