Baltimore / Washington DB2 Users Group
BWDB2UG Quarterly Meeting

When? Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 9:00AM-3:30PM (registration at 8:30)

Where? Sheraton Columbia Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD (410) 730-3900

Meeting Fees:
Pre-registered members: $30
Pre-registered non-members: $40
At-the-door for members: $40
At-the-door for non-members: $50

Meeting Schedule:

  8:30 - 9:00 Registration
  9:00 - 10:15 Essentials of Test Data Management
  Michael Mittman, IBM Optim

Creating realistic and consistent test databases is the first step in delivering reliable database and/or application enhancements and upgrades. However, with multiple database clones to configure and manage, costs can quickly spiral out of control. Testing cycles are extended, and releases are delayed. As a result, how can you support rapid database and application deployment while controlling costs? This presentation will be about proven test data management techniques. Learn how organizations have reduced storage costs and sped iterative testing cycles by creating "right-sized" test environments, which accurately represent the structure of relevant data models. Hear how sites can automate the comparison of baseline data against successive test run results to quickly identify application errors. Learn about application-aware data masking techniques that sites can leverage to de-identify and protect confidential information in test databases.

  10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
  10:30 - 11:45 Maximizing Business Value Across Your Enterprise: Understanding the ROI of Database Archiving
  Michael Mittman, IBM Optim

Database archiving can help organizations improve system performance, mitigate risks and control costs. However, the benefits don't end there. This presentation will describe how sites across industries have deployed archiving strategies to support compliance and discovery initiatives, decommission obsolete applications, leverage cost effective tiered storage, and speed application upgrades - just to name a few. Most importantly, learn how database archiving can align with organizational goals of the maximizing business value of current IT infrastructure.

  11:45 - 12:45 Lunch provided by IBM Optim
  12:45 - 2:00 Fast Track to Optimal DB2 Performance
  Jay Yothers, IBM
  Tuning DB2 applications to achieve optimal DB2 performance does not need to be a complex exercise. A large majority of problems can be easily solved; the only challenge is connecting the symptom of the problem with its underlying causes. This presentation
  2:00 - 2:15 Break
  2:15 - 3:30 A DB2 z/OS Sneak Peek into the Future
  Jay Yothers, IBM

Get the latest news on DB2 9 for z/OS and an overview of the new features and functions that are delivered in this release. There will also be a look at the new technologies being developed for future releases of DB2 for z/OS. Special focus will be given to technical advances that will assist customers in managing data privacy, security, regulatory compliance, and porting SQL across multiple platforms. In addition, scalability, availability, and performance improvements requested by customers will be discussed.


To pre-register, you can 1) use PayPal or 2) mail a check.

1) To pay via PayPal, simply click the link below and follow the directions; then send us an email to let us know the names of everyone in your group who will be attending.

2) To pay by check, mail the check with attendee and company name to:

The Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users' Group
P.O. Box 18554
BWI Airport, Maryland 21240

All pre-registrations must be received by Friday, September 5th, 2008.

Directions to the Sheraton Columbia Hotel
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From Baltimore and North
Take I-95 South and exit Rt. 175 West (exit 41B). Travel 6 miles on 175 West. After crossing Rt. 29, go through 5 lights. After the 5th light, make first left onto Wincopin Circle. The Sheraton Columbia Hotel and Conference Center is located at the end of the Wincopin Circle, on the lake.
From Washington and South
Take I-495 East to I-95 to Rt. 32 West. Travel 3 miles North to Rt. 29 North. Travel 2 miles on Rt. 29 North to Broken Land Parkway (exit 18B). Follow signs for Columbia Town Center to Little Patuxent Parkway. Turn right and go through 3 lights. Wincopin Circle is on the right. Go to second entrance of Wincopin Circle and turn right. The Sheraton Columbia Hotel and Conference Center is located at the end of Wincopin Circle, on the lake.
Speaker Backgrounds
Michael Mittman is an IT Specialist in the IBM Optim group, with two decades of information technology experience. This experience has been focused on database and ERP application technology. In addition, Michael has spent significant time working with global telecommunications clients.
Jay Yothers is a DB2 for z/OS architect and an IBM Master Inventor. He has participated in the development of a number of major DB2 functions from the very first release of DB2 through distributed data base, data sharing, and relational objects to 64-bit virtual exploitation. He currently has architectural responsibilities across the DB2 for z/OS product. He also represents DB2 for z/OS on a number of design and architecture boards within the DB2 organization, among the DB2 family of products and across IBM.
Have a topic?
The Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users' Group welcomes suggestions for topics of interest for future meetings. Drop us a line if you have a particular topic you feel would be of interest. If you would like to share, then volunteer as a speaker and gain the satisfaction of helping other DB2 professionals benefit from your experiences.