PDUG Poland DB2 Users Group – Kicks off another successful event – Read More


PDUG Poland DB2 Users Group – Kicks off another successful event – Read More

On March 6 to 7, 2014 in Piaseczno, Poland, the 3rd Poland DB2 Users Group (PDUG) conference was held. For those who are still not familiar with the initiative, PDUG is a non-profit association (NGO) that was formed in 2013 by DB2 users from the largest data processing centres in Poland. The association aims at educating and promoting the exchange and sharing of professional experiences in the field of IBM DB2 technology between its users (www.pdug.pl).

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Until recently, PDUG members recruited mostly from DB2 mainframe (z /OS) users. However, bearing in mind the fact that DB2 is also a technology dedicated to other platforms, such as Linux, Unix and Windows (LUW), the educational offer of Poland DB2 Users Group’s March conference for the first time was also addressed to LUW users.

 As a result, the association managed to organize the conference where presentations were grouped into two separate thematic blocks: track DB2 z /OS and track DB2 LUW. DB2 users, as well as DB2 database software vendors, welcomed it with great interest. The conference brought together nearly one hundred professionals who in their everyday work deal with maintenance and development of database environments in the largest companies in Poland.

Among the invited speakers were the leading DB2 experts – Steven Thomas and Zeljen Stanic from CA Technologies, John Campbell from IBM Silicon Valley Lab, Marcin Marczewski and Jan Nelken from IBM Poland Software Lab, Piotr  Zawadzki from IBM BTO, Cristian Molaro, an independent consultant from Belgium, as well as DB2 users – Jakub Karasiński, Jacek Rafalak and Adam Pesta from Asseco Poland S.A. who shared their knowledge by presenting their experiences concerning the implementation of large and complex projects.

Among the invited attendees Poland DB2 Users Group hosted also Czech Republic and Slovakia DB2 Users Group (csDUG) representatives, Mariusz Koczar (Tieto) and Philippe Dubost (CA liaison) who were interested not only in the content of the agenda of the conference, but also in observing the practices of the Polish Group concerning educational activities and Group’s development. In these two fields PDUG can pride in getting very positive feedback.

 It is worth noting that in October 2013, only after a few months of its operation, as the association was officially registered in March 2013, Poland DB2 Users Group was awarded “The Best New Users Group” by IBM in appreciation of its dynamic growth, its initiatives undertaken in terms of DB2 z/OS technology and its innovative approach in building the local DB2 community and its resources.

‘We strongly believe that in the upcoming months and years Poland DB2 Users Group will maintain the achieved high standard of the educational offer and its well-deserved image, now stronger with DB2 LUW users’-says Jacek Rafalak, the president of Poland DB2 Users Group-‘I’d like to invite all the DB2 administrators and developers to the next conference that is planned in autumn 2014’-he adds.

Together with the expansion concerning LUW users, Poland DB2 Users Group also celebrated the release of the first issue of PDUG’s magazine that accompanied the conference. What is worth underlying is that the association members themselves came up with an idea to extend the means of realising PDUG’s mission by publishing technical texts addressed to other group members and not only limit themselves to preparing seminars and presentations. Thus, all the articles of the “On DB2 Paths” magazine were written by the association members. The editorial team also recruited from them and both, the editorial works and graphics were done by PDUG members. This amateur initiative was warmly welcomed and highly evaluated in the feedback forms.

The organisation of the 3rd Poland DB2 Users Group Tech Conference wouldn’t have been such a success without the support provided to the association by companies: CA Technologies, IBM and Arrow ECS.

LIVE DB2 11 Migration Planning WEBCAST – 18th & 19th March with John Campbell


DB2 11 for z/OS: Migration planning and early customer experiences – Parts 1 & 2

REGISTER NOW    18th & 18th March

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This webcast will be delivered in two parts. Please select both events when registering so that you receive a confirmation email for both webcasts with the links to attend.

Highlights   Topics

  • Improved data sharing performance and efficiency
  • Running applications with minimal disruption due to big data and mobile
  • Improved query and analytic performance with DB2 qualities of service
  • Simplified migration with the separation of system migration from application migration
  • More efficient inline database scoring for predictive analytics

 Speakers:  

  • John Campbell, IBM Distinguished Engineer, DB2 for z/OS
  • Florence Dubois, Consulting IT Specialist, DB2 for z/OS SWAT Team, IBM Silicon Valley Lab
  • Adrian Burke, Certified IT Specialist, DB2 for z/OS SWAT Team, IBM Silicon Valley Lab

Broadcast date: March 18 and 19, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT

Register now: http://bit.ly/1n2JCaw

Complimentary One-day Proof of Technology (PoT) DB2 Workshop


Complimentary One-day Proof of Technology (PoT) DB2 Workshop

Hosted by Tom Crocker  -  IBM Client Technical Advisor

Time: March 18, 2014 all day
Location: IBM UK – Manchester Labs
Street: 40, Blackfriars Street     City/Town: Manchester

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This one-day Proof of Technology (PoT) will teach you how to use the latest features within InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner for z/OS to allow you to optimize the performance of an SQL workload, protect performance when making application changes and receive best practice advice on workload efficiency. Furthermore you will learn how to use InfoSphere Optim Configuration Manager for z/OS to control clients accessing DB2 to ensure optimum configurations, how to manage, and identify, changes within your DB2 mainframe environment, how to isolate rogue applications and protect your application performance, all from a central location.

Places are limited, please contact tom_crocker@uk.ibm.com to register for this event.

This is a free of charge event, although you are responsible for your own business travel expenses

Top speakers at the SQLAdria Seminar in Dubrovnik


IBM Gold Consultant Julian Stuhler and Top  IBM Distinguished Engineer Namik Hrle – IBM Analytics Accelerator Guru have been selected as a speaker at the SQLAdria Seminar in Dubrovnik later in the year for 20th Anniversary !

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SQLAdria is an independent, non-profit organisation that brings together relational database users from Croatia and Slovenia. The Dubrovnik event has grown in popularity year upon year and now draws in a wide audience from across Europe. SQLAdria recently won an award for the best EMEA DB2 user group from IBM.

Julian Stuhler is Solutions Delivery Director at Triton Consulting and is an IBM Gold Consultant and IBM Data Champion. A regular speaker at events across Europe, Julian is probably best-known for his work with IDUG (International DB2 User Group) for which is a past president.

Held on 25th- 29th May the Dubrovnik-based event looks set to provide a fantastic learning and networking opportunity for attendees. Julian has been selected to run a full day seminar on DB2 for z/OS Memory Management and will also be giving two presentations during the event on; DB2 11 for z/OS, Easing Upgrade Anxiety and Time Travelling in DB2 10 for z/OS.

“SQLAdria is one of the few major DB2 events that I haven’t had the opportunity to attend, so I’m thrilled to be speaking there this year. It’s a great chance to meet and interact with a new group of DB2 users in a truly beautiful and historic city.” Julian Stuhler, Triton Consulting

This year the seminar will have a z/OS and LUW track available as well as a range of one day seminars. The SQLAdria team pride themselves on creating a truly interactive and engaging learning experience for their attendees. In addition to the question and answer sessions, speakers and topic experts are always around for an informal chat.

“This is the 20th year of SQLAdria existence and we have tried to organize the best event so far. SQLAdria is already recognized by IBM as the best EMEA DB2 User Group in 2012 and 2013. As we select only the best speakers Julian will join Namik Hrle, Melanie Stopfer, Phil Grainger, Steve Thomas, Cristian Molaro, Daniel Luksetich, Klaas Brant and Andy Ward on this conference. We’re really delighted to have Julian as a part of SQLAdria event in Dubrovnik.” Zeljen Stanic, Senior Solutions Strategist CA Technologies

SQLAdria will be held on 25th-29th May at the Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik. CA, IBM and independent DB2 experts will share their experiences throughout the week. In addition to the daytime seminars and workshops there will be an evening entertainment program sponsored by CA.

The International DB2 User Group (IDUG) has partnered with IBM to expand market reach !


IDUG Expanding Worldwide Presence

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The International DB2 User Group (IDUG) has partnered with IBM to sponsor free technical seminars in India and Great Britain. The upcoming schedule currently consists of these three events:

1) IDUG DB2 Technical Workshop in Bangalore, India, on March 25.

2) IDUG DB2 Technical Workshop in Chennai, India, on March 27.

These speakers and presentations are scheduled for both events in India:

Speakers

  • Chris Crone, IBM Silicon Valley
  • Matt Huras, IBM Toronto Lab
  • Maryela Weihrauch, IBM Silicon Valley
  • Pallavi Priyadarshini, IBM India
  • Steve Thomas, CA Technologies
  • Mario Briggs, IBM
  • Sweta Singh, IBM
  • Surekha Parekh, IBM
  • Jim Reed, IBM

Presentations

  • DB2 for z/OS
    • DB2 for z/OS Trends & Direction and Technical Overview
    • DB2 and System z Synergy
    • The Online Schema (R)evolution
    • Continuous Availability and Scalability with DB2 for z/OS and WebSphere
    • DB2 11 Application Compatibility: What you need to know
    • Temporal Enhancements of IBM DB2 11 for z/OS
  • DB2 for LUW
    • DB2 10.5 including BLU Acceleration
    • Best Practices for Boosting Java Application Performance and Availability on DB2
    • DB2 pureScale Best Practices from Customer Experiences
    • DB2 on IBM Cloud: Managed services, self service and access from cloud environments
    • DB2 Performance Tuning: Tips & techniques

3) IDUG DB2 Technical Seminar in London on April 16.

Speakers

  • John Campbell, IBM
  • Namik Hrle, IBM
  • Ian Cook, IBM
  • Oliver Bernin, IBM
  • Cristian Molaro, IBM Gold Consultant
  • Dualta Ó Briain, IBM

Presentations

  • Track 1: DB2 for z/OS
    • DB2 11 for z/OS Technical Overview
    • IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator Trends & Directions
    • Efficient Monitoring & Tuning of Dynamic SQL in DB2 for z/OS
    • Planning and Executing a DB2 11 for z/OS Migration
  • Track 2: DB2 for LUW
    • DB2 BLU Acceleration: A Primer for sysadmin and DBAs
    • DB2 LUW HADR and pureScale demystified
    • Time Breakdowns: A novel way to analyze performance problems
    • A description of how to enable and use JSON in DB2 as part of the Big Data
    • Extend your pureScale cluster to another city: Geographically Dispersed pureScale Cluster

IDUG events feature great content and top speakers. With the addition of one-day technical seminars, IDUG and IBM are expanding the worldwide reach of DB2 education. I encourage readers in India and the U.K. to attend these events.

While I’m at it, I’ll also note IDUG’s 2014 technical conference schedule:

* IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., May 12-16

* IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 10-12

* IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, Nov. 9-14

Get Ready for IBM Information On Demand 2013 and get Head Start on DB2 11


Are you planning your agenda for IBM Information On Demand 2013 ? 

Here is a quick summary of DB2 for z/OS sessions

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Don’t Miss 2013 IOD Rock the Mainframe Reception http://bit.ly/RockTheMainframe2013

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Here is a quick list of the “MUST ATTEND” DB2 11 for z/OS sessions for you to attend for Monday 4th November

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1. IDZ-1476   DB2  for z/OS Trends & Direction and DB2 11 Technical Overview 

IBM DB2 Version 11 is the latest release of DB2 for z/OS. This release addresses many key customer requirements, and this session will review the key features. It will also present the latest news on DB2 10 and future development trends.
Speaker: Jeff Josten, IBM, DB2 for z/OS Architect; Joachim Limburg, IBM, DB2 for z/OS Development Director

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2. IDZ-2024A: IBM DB2 11 for z/OS Performance

Come to hear the exciting performance improvement from IBM DB2 11 for z/OS. As with DB2 10, DB2 11 development has been focusing on performance. The DB2 performance team in Silicon Valley Lab will discuss how various performance items benefit both system and query performance and share the promising preliminary performance results with DB2 11. The session will set the right expectation for your DB2 11 migration plan. The session will include various internal measurements as well as the early support program (ESP) customer’s experience.
Speaker: Akiko Hoshikawa, IBM , STSM, DB2 performance ;Brian Baggett, IBM, Senior Software Engineer

3. IDZ-1302   IBM DB2 11 for z/OS Early Customer Experience – Golden Living – Our Early Support Customer Conrad Wolf

from Golden Living Shares his DB2 11 Migration Experiences

Flashbook: DB2 11 for z/OS – The Database for Big Data and Analytics


It’s Here  DB2 11 !   The Generally Available was  October 25, 2013 for DB2 11

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Every organization is looking for opportunities to reduce costs at the same time as trying to gain a competitive advantage  – DB2 11 for z/OS does exactly that and much more.  There is an instant opportunity to gain cost savings “right out of the box”  additionally DB2 11 and DB2 Analytics Accelerator  gives its customers an opportunity to exploit  “in-memory” analytics. 

So what is In-memory analytics ? and why are organisations excited about this technology ?

 In-memory analytics is an approach to querying data when it resides in a computer’s random access memory (RAM), as opposed to querying data that is stored on physical disks.  This results in vastly shortened query response times, allowing business intelligence (BI) and analytic applications to support faster business decisions.

So now we can clearly see how “in-memory” analytics not only directly impacts the bottom line – additionally improves an organisations competitiveness.  Business has always been about “survival of fitness ”  with DB2 11 and   DB2 Analytics  Accelerator  you know your on the right path to success !

Download latest DB2 11 book

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By Cristian Molaro, Surekha Parekh, Terry Purcell & Julian Stuhler

This book is filled with

  • Business Value of DB2 11 in the new era of Computing;

  • Deeper insight into new functions and features of DB2 11;

  • Executive Summary of DB2 Tools & Utilities;

The objective of this book is to give our customers insight into DB2 11, which was announced on October 1, 2013. Everyone is talking about DB2 11. Many of our Early Support Program customers have been testing this product and are seeing some incredible results! Our customers and business partners around the world are very enthusiastic.

So what’s new in DB2 11 that is causing so much excitement? Here is a quick summary of some of the exciting new features and business benefits of DB2 11, about which this book will give you deeper insight:

• Even more out-of-the-box CPU savings

  • 10 percent complex OLTP

  • 10 percent update intensive batch

  • 40 percent queries

  • 25 percent uncompressed tables and 40% compressed tables

• Enhanced resiliency

  • Fewer planned outages, fewer REORGs, faster recovery

  • Cost-effective archiving, access warm/cold data in single query

  • Business-critical analytics

  • DB2 Analytics Accelerator performance enhancements

  • Big data integration

  • In-transaction real-time scoring

  • Advanced QMF analytic capabilities with mobile support

• Simpler, faster upgrades for faster ROI

  • 6x faster catalog migration

  • Protection from incompatible changes

  • Repeatable testing with real workloads and integrated cloning

The book is segmented into two parts. The first part is all about the business value of DB2 11 for z/OS and explains the unmatched efficiency for big data and analytics. This section also includes short papers on the DB2 11 Optimizer and the business value of IBM tools and utilities. The second section focuses more on DB2 and System z and how DB2 for z/OS can reduce the total cost of ownership for organizations. With the enormous explosion of data, this is more critical now than ever before. We hope you find this book as valuable as our previous versions.

Download your free copy today.  Flash Book : DB2 11 for z/OS – The Database for Big Data and Analytics

For those of you attending IOD this year, stop by the IOD bookstore on Monday, Nov 4 to get your free printed copy!

Furthermore don’t miss our DB2 11 webcast  which is available on replay

 

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