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

When? Thursday, December 11th, 2014, 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 IBM Data Retrieval Technologies : RDBMS, BLU, IBM Netezza and Hadoop
  Frank Fillmore, President, The Fillmore Group

IBM offers four distinct data retrieval technologies: the traditional RDBMS, which primarily relies on indexes to speed access; the new BLU Acceleration columnar compression database; IBM PureData System for Analytics (IBM Netezza), which deploys racks of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) processors to parse the data; and IBM InfoSphere BigInsights, which is the IBM distribution of Hadoop. Choices are good to have, but how do you choose which technology to apply to a particular business use case? In this session, you learn how these techniques differ, including their relative strengths and weaknesses, to help you make an informed choice.

  10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
  10:30 - 11:45 Advantages of Performing a System Evaluation (Health Check) of Your Database Management System
  Edward Vetock, Navy Federal Credit Union, Manager, Database Services
  You have top-notch technical staff. So, why spend your organization's budget dollars on a system evaluation of your Database Management Systems (DBMSs)?  Navy Federal, the world's largest credit union with 5 million members, presents plausible reasons for investing in a system evaluation. This session focuses on the technical and business benefits of a regularly scheduled evaluation. System evaluations can detect looming technical issues and identify new features to take advantage of. They can emphasize configurations and strategies for improving DBMS performance and availability. And, they can ensure that you are tactically and strategically positioned to capably address your organization's business growth.
  11:45 - 12:45 Lunch
  12:45 - 2:00 DB2 for z/OS Utilities Update
  Haakon Roberts – IBM Distinguished Engineer, DB2 for z/OS Development

This session highlights the major enhancements in the DB2 Utilities Suite for DB2 11. It also provides the latest news to improve performance and availability and to reduce data management costs.

  2:00 - 2:15 Break
  2:15 - 3:30 Combatting Complexity and Maximizing Efficiency with Advanced Autonomics
  Haakon Roberts – IBM Distinguished Engineer, DB2 for z/OS Development
  Database analysts (DBAs) and their staff are increasingly challenged by the growing size and complexity of IBM DB2 environments, coupled with the need to maximize availability and efficiency. In this session, you learn about the latest developments from IBM to make DB2 systems more self-managing to free up DBAs to focus on delivering new value to the business.

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.

Member Registrations
Non-Member Registrations

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

NOTE: New Address

The Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users' Group
P.O. Box 1027
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

All pre-registrations must be received by Friday, December 5th, 2014.

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
Frank Fillmore is the Founder and President of The Fillmore Group, Inc., an IBM Business Partner specializing in Information Management. Prior to founding the company in 1987, he worked as a database administrator and adjunct professor, teaching technical courses including relational database fundamentals. Frank has delivered technical services and training to clients worldwide. In 1999 Frank was named a DB2 Gold Consultant, and in 2009 was named an inaugural InfoSphere Information Champion.
Ed Vetock has spent the last 18 years at Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) supporting DB2 and other relational platforms. Ed started his career at NFCU as a DB2 z/OS administrator and held various leadership roles in the organization. In his current role, he has operational responsibility for all database platforms including DB2 z/OS, DB2 LUW, Oracle, SQL Server, Progress, and Teradata. Prior to joining Navy Federal, Ed enjoyed a successful career in the United States Air Force. NFCU is the world’s largest credit union with over 5 million members.
Haakon Roberts has over 25 years' experience working with DB2 on the mainframe platform spanning various aspects of systems programming, database administration and software support. He is a Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose, California and the chief technical architect and strategist for DB2 for z/OS Utilities and Tools. He is a regular speaker on these and other topics.
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.