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

When? Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 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 - 10:00 Keeping up with technology can be a pain in the aaS
  Paul Bartak, IBM

DB2 for z/OS customers are busy as companies cut back and business requirements escalate. Even though they are working with one of the most reliable databases in the industry, there's not a lot of time to keep up with changes which could impact their future. This session will serve to net out some of the key concepts that reside in the Cloud, how they could impact existing systems and future requirements, and some of the names you should know. Go into your next design / planning meeting armed with needed information. This session may also challenge some status quo processes in use today which could limit your future.

  10:00 - 10:15 Coffee Break
  10:15 - 11:15 Connecting DB2 for z/OS Applications, including Mobile and Cloud, with Data on z Systems
  Paul Wirth, IBM
  Although z Systems provides unmatched scalability, security and availability for valuable data, applications have to be able to get to that data. Applications also must be able to access the data from a variety of front-end layers, including cloud and mobile. In this session, you learn about new options for connecting to z Systems -based data, including the new DB2 Adapter for z/OS Connect. You also learn about new ways to manage connections to a DB2 for z/OS system for enhanced performance and control.
  11:15 - 12:15 The IBM Academic Initiative Program Presentation
  Christy Schroeder, IBM
  Will you have employees with critical z skills retiring within the next 5 years?   Are you wondering where you are going to find young people who would be interested in working on the mainframe?  Will you need help getting new hires trained?  If you answered, "yes" to any of these questions, then this presentation is for you!  Learn how IBM is working with colleges and universities around the world to build  enterprise skills.  Hear about all of the ways that we can help you find, build, and retrain z skills. The IBM Systems Academic Initiative is available and ready to help you with your z skills needs.
  12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
  1:15 - 2:15 The IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator Loader for z/OS - Product Presentation  
  Anthony Ciabattoni, IBM
  The IDAA Loader is a high-speed, zIIP enabled Accelerator loading with additional functions. The Loader addresses challenges in loading the DB2 Accelerator and it automates the loading process into the Accelerator in a single batch job. It provides a complete solution to load DB2 and non-DB2 data and it provides end-to-end support for data extraction, conversion, and loading to the Accelerator in one step, without having the data to land in intermediate files.
  2:15 - 2:30 Break
  2:30 - 3:30 Benefits of Apache Spark on z Systems
  George Wang, IBM
  This sessions covers the key enhancements of DB2 for z/OS Version 12 and explains how DB2 can be used in conjunction with Apache Spark to address complex analytical challenges. We will show how to reuse existing data assets from DB2, CICS, IMS, VSAM and multiple other data sources with today available components but also provide an outlook on upcoming enhancements and optimization. The session will conclude with a real customer example, how Spark and DB2 are used together for large scale XML processing.

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, June 3rd, 2016.

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
Paul Bartak has been working with IBM Information Management solutions since 1985, including the first version of DB2 on MVS. As an IBM customer for 14 years Paul worked in Application Development, Database Administration, and DBA Management - working with IBM & ISV Labs on various projects. Since joining IBM in 1999 his roles have included that of an: Information Management Technical Specialist, Database Administration, & Client Technical Leader
Christy Schroeder's career spans over 20 years on IBM z Systems. She has managed z/OS Development Teams, enabled z ISVs, supported, and presented to clients in the Poughkeepsie Executive Briefing Center, and now helps clients to find, build, and retain z skills as the WW z Skills Client Leader.
Anthony Ciabattoni is a Database Tools Technical Advisor with Rocket Software with over 21 years of DB2 for z/OS experience with expertise in high available 24/7 systems, including extensive hands on backup & recovery knowledge. As a customer he was responsible for architecting, implementing and managing a large OLTP high available data sharing environment with responsibilities for efficient backup & recovery strategies. Anthony is a current IBM Information Champion, past member of the IBM DB2 for z/OS Customer Advisory Council, past presenter at IBM’s Information on Demand Conferences, IDUG North America and Europe Conferences.
Paul Wirth is a Senior Data Management Technical Professional with IBM Corporation located in Maryland, and has been involved in database administration and storage management for over twenty five years. Over the years Paul has worked in database administration with IMS, DB2, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. He has also worked and extensively with enterprise storage subsystems for both Open Systems and z/OS. Recent assignments included supporting IBM's data governance products that manage test data and archiving of data, and currently is working on the z Systems Growth Technical Sales team. Paul is an IBM Certified Database Administrator for: IMS, DB2 for z/OS and DB2 Linux, UNIX and Windows.
George Wang is a software engineer at IBM DB2 for z/OS Development from Silicon Valley Lab of California, United States. He is the technical advocate and liaison for large banking customers on z system. He is the Chair of DB2 Design Review Board overseeing the review and approval of all DB2 technical designs. His technical expertise focuses in architecture design of core system engine components for developing high availability features and providing solutions for warehouse applications in support of high volume online transactional database processing. He is the SVL spark liaison engages on multiple projects to incorporate advanced in-memory analytics on DB2 for z/OS.
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