Baltimore / Washington DB2 Users Group
BWDB2UG z/OS Quarterly Meeting

When? Wednesday, September 15th, 2010, 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 Upgrading to DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows - What You need to Know
  Bob Harbus, IBM

DB2 9.7 is the latest DB2 release on the Linux, UNIX, and Windows (LUW) platforms and provides exciting new technology. This session will discuss upgrading to DB2 9.7 for LUW from previous versions of DB2 LUW and will point out and discuss areas to be aware of and prepare for as well as listing many of the changes that you need to be aware of before and after an upgrade to DB2 9.7.

  10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
  10:30 - 11:45 Building and Managing Efficient Data Access to DB2
  Vijay Bommireddipalli, IBM

Managing performance of your mission critical applications can be a challenge, especially for growing workloads. In this session we will look at options for increasing throughput and reducing CPU utilization for new and existing Java and .Net applications. We will look at options available to stabilize the performance of applications. Finally, you will also see how to proactively avoid problems by taking advantage of database best practices during the development phase.

  11:45 - 12:45 Lunch
  12:45 - 2:00 DB2 for LUW Tuning: Ask the Experts
  Dave Beulke, James Sobieski, Frank Fillmore, & Steve Mazer

A panel of four IBM DB2 Gold Consultants will join us to share their recommendations to address DB2 for LUW performance issues. Members attending are encouraged to bring their toughest challenge to the panel to see how the experts would approach it. Perhaps they will simply validate the process your team has followed, but MAYBE they will suggest another option that will direct you to the solution. The format will be simple: questions submitted will be answered by each panel member in turn; questions may be submitted in advance to and questions received in advance will be answered first.

Panel Members

David Beulke is an internationally recognized DB2 consultant, author and instructor. He is known for his extensive expertise in database performance, data warehouses and internet applications. He is currently a member of the IBM DB2 Gold Consultant program, an IBM Information Champion, past president of the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), past co-author of the IBM DB2 z/OS Administration and the Business Intelligence Certification exams, columnist for the IBM Data Management Magazine and former instructor for The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI). With over 22 years experience working with mainframe, UNIX and Windows environments, he redesigns and tunes systems, databases and applications dramatically reducing CPU demand and saving his clients from CPU upgrades and millions in processing charges.

DB2 Gold Consultant James Sobieski is the President and founder of Fourth Millennium Technologies. He has 30 years experience in large systems and database management. James specializes in the design, implementation and performance and tuning of very large, very complex databases. He is an expert in Data Warehousing as well as OLTP systems, systems architecture, system migrations and performance and tuning. He has a deep knowledge of DB2 LUW and other database systems. Before forming Fourth Millennium Technologies in 1997, James worked at the University of Houston Computing Center for five years and then IBM for 14 years at NASA, IBM’s Toronto Development Lab prototyping parallel processing for relational DBMS systems.

Frank Fillmore is a DB2 Gold Consultant and InfoSphere Information Champion with over twenty years experience working with DB2 on all platforms and a track record of successful consulting and training engagements. An award-winning teacher and presenter, Frank developed the IBM Information Management Top Gun sales program for IBM and has delivered over one hundred DB2 courses. Frank is the founder and president of The Fillmore Group, where he leads the consulting team and manages TFG's training and software sales operations.

Steve Mazer is currently a Senior Database Architect at Fourth Millennium Technologies, specializing in the design, implementation, and management of very large Database systems. He focuses on Data Warehousing, database architecture and design, system conversions and migrations, and performance and tuning. Steve is also a member of the IBM DB2 Gold Consultants Program.  Steve has extensive database experience utilizing DB2 Universal Database (UDB) with DPF on the AIX and Linux platforms, DB2 UDB ESE on AIX, and DB2 for OS/390. Steve has over 15 years of database management and development experience on large/complex enterprise systems in various industries, including Intelligence, financial, retail, Government, and telecommunications.

  2:00 - 2:15 Break
  2:15 - 3:30 Enabling Applications from Oracle to DB2 9.7 the Easy Way
  Bob Harbus, IBM
  DB2 9.7 constitutes the biggest infusion of SQL features since DB2 V2.1 In this presentation I will introduce the main theme of DB2 9.7 which leads to a ten fold reduction in enablement costs for Oracle based applications to DB2.

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 10th, 2010.

Please note: Refunds will not be granted for this seminar for cancellations after this date. However substitution of another person can be made up until the meeting.

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
Chris Eaton is a DB2 Technical Evangelist for DB2 primarily focused on planning and strategy for DB2 for LUW. Chris has been working with DB2 on the Linux, UNIX, Windows platform for over 17 years. From customer support to development manager, to Externals Architect and now as Product Manager for DB2, Chris has spent his career listening to customers and working to make DB2 a better product. Chris is the author of "IBM DB2 9 New Features" and "The High Availability Guide for DB2" and has one of the most popular blogs about DB2 on IT Toolbox at
David Beulke is an internationally recognized DB2 consultant, author, and teacher, known for his extensive expertise with database performance, data warehouses, and internet applications. He is an inaugural member of IBM's DB2 Data Champions program, one of the 45 IBM DB2 Gold Consultants worldwide, past president of the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), columnist for DB2 Magazine for the last 8 years, co-author of the IBM V7 and V8 z/OS DB2 Certification exams, co-author of the Business Intelligence Certification exam, former instructor for The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI), and former editor of the IDUG Solutions Journal. David has experience working with DB2 on the mainframe, AIX/UNIX, and Windows over the last twenty two years in a variety of environments and industries. His clients save millions of dollars by reducing CPU demand, avoid unnecessary hardware upgrades, and improved application implementations through his customer focused solutions, performance tuning expertise, and expert business designs.
DB2 Gold Consultant Frank C. Fillmore, Jr. is the Founder and President of The Fillmore Group, Inc., an IBM Business Partner specializing in Information Management services and sales. Frank's areas of expertise include replication and high availability, InfoSphere, DB2 Server for VSE&VM, IBM Content Manager and technical Project Management. Frank oversees a staff of full-time employees and contractors who deliver consulting services to customers worldwide and delivers IBM authorized training classes at The Fillmore Group's headquarters in Towson, Maryland. Frank blogs on DB2 related topics at
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