Speaker Bios

Jeff Josten
Title: Db2 for z/OS Latest News and Continuous Delivery Abstract: Db2 12 is the latest release of Db2 for z/OS, it is built on the core capabilities of Db2 11, and gives businesses the capabilities needed to meet the business demands of the future by providing scale and speed for next era of Mobile and Interconnected devices along with application support for Cloud and Analytics. It delivers faster analytical insights and leverages advanced speedy In-Memory database performance. This session will give a quick recap of the Db2 12 features of most interest, and the latest news for Db2 11 and 12. We will also cover the latest on Db2 continuous delivery, which delivers features faster than ever before and in a more consumable way for customers.

Kai Stroh is a mainframe software developer specializing in DB2 utilities for z/OS. He designs and builds innovative DB2 applications and utilities often working onsite or remotely with UBS’ international clients. He easily navigates his way around DB2 dumps and knows how to move data and definitions across DB2 versions, and this includes the unique in-house DB2 subsystems which each have their own little technical adaptations.

Dave Beulke is a business strategist, systems architect, and performance expert specializing in Big Data, data warehouses, and high-performance internet solutions. He is an IBM Gold Consultant, Information Champion, and President of DAMA-NCR, former President of International DB2 User Group, and a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. His strategies, architectures, and performance tuning techniques enhance analytics, security and performance so organizations can better leverage their information assets and save millions in time to market, CPU, development and overall costs. Follow his blog at davebeulke.com or on Twitter here (@DBeulke) or connect through LinkedIn here (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davebeulke).

Bob Hill is Manager – IT Management at Anixter Inc. Bob is currently responsible for Scheduling, and his experience includes computer operations, storage, and systems programming.

Bernie O’Connor is Director – Information Technology at Anixter Inc. His experience includes Database Administration, Application Development, BI/DW and more. Bernie has been active in MWDUG and IDUG as a member, speaker, and Board Member. Bernie is an IDUG Hall of Fame Speaker and IDUG Past President.

Sheryl M. Larsen is a Sr. DB2 Product Specialist at BMC. Previously she worked for IBM, Sheryl M. Larsen, Inc., and Platinum Technology. She is known for her extensive expertise in SQL Tuning 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.