The Best of the Best DB2 Speakers – Kick Off IDUG EMEA Keynote

Namik Hrle IBM Fellow and Paul Zikopoulos IBM Vice President

are the Key Note Speakers this year at IDUG EMEA 2014 in Prague.


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Paul Zikopoulos IBM Vice President
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Namik Hrle – IBM Fellow

The session is called “DB2 Trends and Directions” and will take place on Tuesday, 11 November, 8:30 – 10:00.  This is an unique opportunity to hear and meet two of IBM’s industry experts and must not be missed. If you have not registered yet – hurry and register before the EARLY BIRD discount runs out.

Business Analytics, Big Data and Systems of Engagement create new requirements that profoundly affect database management systems technology. Hybrid engines,columnar orientation, in-memory databases, no-SQL stores and APIs are the key trends that have already proven their values in some of the most challenging application workloads. At the same time, traditional, relational database management systems are still irreplaceable foundations for a large majority of mission critical, core business applications.

How is DB2 for z/OS affected by the new technology trends and business requirements?

Which of them are already available and which are being developed?

What is DB2 for z/OS strategy to stay industry leader under the new conditions and continue to be the prime choice for the most demanding data serving workloads ?

These answers and more will be answered in this keynote address.

Namik Hrle is an IBM Fellow and works in the IBM Boeblingen Development and Research Laboratory. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology,  IBM Software  Architecture Board Steering Committee and many other expert teams. He specializes in information management technology and its usage by the enterprise applications. Namik works closely with the IBM labs worldwide, and helps customers deploy and optimally exploit information management products. He is currently developing the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator which augments DB2 with
industry leading complex query performance and appliance simplicity.

Paul C. Zikopoulos, B.A., M.B.A., is the Vice President of Technical Professionals for IBM’s Information Management division and leads the Worldwide Competitive Database and Big Data teams. Paul is an award winning writer and speaker with more than 20 years of experience in Information Management and is seen as a global expert in Big Data and Analytic technologies. In his spare time, he enjoys all sorts of sporting activities, including running with his dog Chachi, swimming and overall fitness training.

DB2 11 for z/OS now certified with PeopleSoft

On July 14, 2014 – Oracle has announced the certification of PeopleTools 8.54, 8.53 and 8.52 with IBM’s DB2 11 for z/OS. In line with previous DB2 certifications, PeopleSoft requires DB2 New Function Mode for certification
For connectivity, we recommend DB2 Connect 10.1 FP2+ or 10.5. FP2+. While DB2 Connect 9.7 FP6+ may still be used, the newer versions of DB2 Connect are best.
NOTE: IBM states that DB2 Connect 10.5 FP2 is required to exploit some DB2 11 features. More information can be reviewed under the ‘Connectivity’ section here.

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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 (

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


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


  • 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:

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


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 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.

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