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Agenda for 3rd Quarter Meeting - September 14, 2017


08:30am - 09:00am Registration – Coffee, juice, soda and rolls
09:00am - 09:15am Welcome and IBM Announcements
Troy Coleman, IBM
09:15am - 10:30am Db2 Analytics Accelerator:  What's new and what's coming?
Gary Crupi, IBM

The Db2 Analytics Accelerator is a revolutionary technology that complements Db2 for z/OS to transform the mainframe into the industry-leading transaction and analytic processing environment. This architectural approach drives out cost and complexity and enables real-time analytics on live transactional data, so you can leverage your business-critical data where it originates. During this session, Gary will discuss the latest enhancements to the Accelerator. He will help you understand how these new developments will strengthen important use cases, such as hybrid transactional and analytical processing (HTAP), and about capabilities that drive new use cases and additional value for your business.
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am -  11:45am Db2 for z/OS Provisioning - Heavy Lifting Ahead
Paul Bartak, IBM

System provisioning, DevOps, Continuous Delivery / Integration are all modern-day initiatives that accelerate the delivery of business applications. Each may have requirement for a copy of an entire DB2 subsystem or portions thereof to obtain full value. How do you scale your database administration staff to meet the increasing demands of application & BizOps teams, who are, in turn, pressured to meet agile delivery targets? Today’s tools have the capabilities to clone objects and data to efficiently scale your administration teams. In some cases, these tools can use today’s fast copy technology in conjunction with DB2 page set preparation techniques to provide consistent & coherent test or production subsets. The key to fitting in to modern processing is support for REST. The next time you are asked if you can fulfill the data requirements for one of today’s delivery methods, be armed with ideas to get it done.

11:45am - 12:45pm

12:45pm -  01:45pm Db2 V12: Continuous Delivery
Ulf Heinrich, Software Engineering GmbH

Fundamental changes in the Db2 z world often lead to concerns. Let's face it - some changes force us to change! While a Db2 version migration usually took months, or even years, there will be no new Db2 version after 12, but continuous code drops. This will have a tremendous impact on migration strategies, because we must find a reliable way to test these code deliveries in a fraction of time. If we make it, Business Divisions will become enthused at how quickly new technology becomes available for new applications. This presentation will describe the difference between Code, Catalog, Function and Application Levels, how you can control them and how you can fallback in case of anomalies. It also illustrates how we still can be pro-active in testing without burning weeks and months. Learn how to choose from four different levels of testing and a new way of automation. CD-Screening allows you to pick and choose from KPI based test automation. The levels include simple anomaly alerting, access path verification, clone Pre-apply and even workload capture/replay to easily discover different behavior resulting from a new code level.
01:45pm - 02:00pm Break
02:00pm - 03:00pm SEGUS Tool Talk
Ulf Heinrich, Software Engineering GmbH



Speaker Bios

Paul Barktak 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. With IBM for 18 years his roles included that of a DB2 Advisor, developing the V8 – V11 Migration Planning Workshops, pureXML and Temporal Proof of Technologies; and a Client Technical Leader, working across a large payments processing company and the IBM account team. Paul holds multiple certifications across Information Management and Cloud domains and recently joined Rocket Software as a Principle Solutions Advisor.

Troy Coleman is currently an IBM DB2 Advisor z/OS and brings a variety of skills focused around DB2 including product management, DB2 systems programmer installing and configuring DB2, application DBA, and application developer. Troy has been active in the DB2 community as a board member for the Chicago Midwest Database User Group (MWDUG) and former board member of IDUG as well as holding the prestigious title of IBM Information Management Champion from 2011-2015. He is an internationally recognized consultant and lecturer specializing in DB2 database administration and application architecture with experience on many leading hardware platforms, including DB2 for z/OS, Windows, AIX, Solaris and Linux. Troy was the architect and lead developer of the first wireless database management software for DB2 UDB, PocketDBA, by Expand Beyond Corp.

Gary Crupi is an IBM Distinguished Engineer that joined IBM in 2001.   Building on his prior experience as a Senior Systems Analyst with Northwestern Mutual and the United States Air Force, he helps customers leverage IBM Analytics Solutions across platforms and deployment options.  In addition, he encourages z Systems customers to maximize their investments through software currency, modernization, and extension. Throughout his career, Gary has helped customers and IBMers position for success by selecting the right platform for data based on business and technology requirements.  Most recently, Gary defined and led the creation of the IBM zAnalytics System 9700 and 9710, which contains an integrated IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator. This solution is the backbone of IBM's Analytics on z Systems initiative.  Today, Gary continues leading multiple organizations as a technical leader and customer advisor for hybrid cloud solutions.  He helps customers extend their core with emerging analytical capabilities and techniques.

Ulf Heinrich is the Director of Solutions Delivery at SOFTWARE ENGINEERING GmbH. He specializes in DB2 operations and performance tuning, focusing on the growing requirement for cost reduction and 24x7 operations. As a consultant, at large customer sites, he has implemented database maintenance procedures and recovery strategies, and experienced the pitfalls of recovery scenarios under real-world recovery pressure. His activities cover EMEA, as well as North America through SE’s U.S. subsidiary, SEGUS Inc. As a member of SE’s Request Board he’s working closely with customers and the development labs.