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Please take a moment to review our site.  Our next meeting will be held Friday, December 4, 2015 at the IBM Chicago Technical Exploration Center (TEC). The IBM TEC is located in the Hyatt Building at 71 South Wacker in Chicago.

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Walk-ins are welcome for only $35.00 daily fee applicable to a full year membership.


MWDUG Headquarters

MWDUG c/o Technical Registration Experts, Inc. (TREX) 
303 West State Street
Geneva, IL 60134  
Phone: 630-578-3991
Fax: 630-262-1520 
E-mail:  mwdug@trexperts.com

New Contact: Jeffrey Miller or Sue Reed
Website: http://www.mwdug.org


Agenda for 4th Quarter Meeting - December 4, 2015

For details regarding DB2 for LUW, please email David Majcher.



12:00pm - 12:30pm

Lunch - Free onsite
12:30pm - 01:00pm

BMC Annual Mainframe Research Results
Sheryl M. Larsen, Senior DB2 Product Specialist, BMC

BMC started this survey ten years ago as a way to gain insight into the issues and challenges facing mainframe customers, and we use the survey results to help inform our product planning process. The goal is to deliver solutions to the tough problems facing mainframe IT. When we shared some of the results with some of our customers, they suggested that this information would be of value throughout the industry, and urged us to share results with the public. This presentation will give you a condensed view of the survey so you can compare your shop to it. You can access the full report: www.bmc.com/mainframesurvey

01:00pm - 01:45pm
Next Generation Technology Deep Dive
Michael Cotignola, Principal Software Consultant, BMC
01:45pm - 02:00pm Break
02:00pm - 03:00pm Database and DB2 Trends circa 2015 - An overview of an industry in transition
Craig S. Mullins, Top Thought Leader in Big Data & Analytics, Mullins Consulting, Inc.

This presentation offers and overview of the transformation of data management over the course of the past few years – as well as a discussion of DB2 for z/OS’s place within the modern data architecture. We will discuss big data, analytics, NoSQL and their impact on data management. We’ll take a look at what is happening with DBAs and their role within modern organizations. And we’ll back up the trends with references and links where appropriate. Finally, we’ll look at what is happening with DB2 for z/OS in terms of new functionality and how your organization should be adapting to embrace it .
03:00pm - 03:15pm Break
03:15pm - 04:00pm

I Just want to be happy.......There are more important things than technology breakthroughs in life
Tim Lenahan, 35 Year IT Veteran, Lead Architect, Allstate

04:00pm - ??

Holiday Happy Hour Sponsored by BMC!
Lloyd's Chicago, 1 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606

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Speaker Bios

Sheryl M. Larsen is an internationally recognized researcher, consultant, lecturer, specializing in DB2, and now works for BMC as a Sr. DB2 Product Specialist. Previously she worked for IBM, Sheryl M. Larsen, Inc., and Platinum Technology. She is known for her extensive expertise in SQL and has performed detailed DB2 Performance Health Checks for many fortune 500 clients. Sheryl has over 25 years’ experience in DB2, has published many articles, white papers and co-authored a book, DB2 Answers, Osborne-McGraw-Hill, 1999. Currently she is the President of the Midwest DB2 User Group - www.mwdug.org, and a member of the Northern Illinois University Computer Science Alumni Council.

Craig S. Mullins is a data management strategist, researcher, and consultant. He is president and principal consultant of Mullins Consulting, Inc. and the publisher/editor of TheDatabaseSite.com. Craig has been named by IBM as a Gold Consultant and an IBM Champion for Information Management. He was recently named one of the Top 200 Thought Leaders in Big Data & Analytics by AnalyticsWeek magazine (http://analyticsweek.com/top-200-thought-leaders-in-bigdata-analytics/). He is a former Gartner analyst, having covered the topic area of database administration as a research director. Craig has over three decades of experience in all facets of database systems development and has worked with DB2 since V1. You may know Craig from his popular books:

  • DB2 Developer's Guide, 6th edition – containing more than 1500 pages of in-depth technical information on DB2 for z/OS
  • Database Administration: The Complete Guide to DBA Practices and Procedures, 2nd edition –the industry's only comprehensive guide to heterogeneous database administration. Additional details and information available at http://www.mullinsconsulting.com.