April 11 SIRDUG meeting featuring Robert Catterall, Roger Sanders & John Iczkovits, from IBM, and Paul Turpin

Download presentations

To download Robert Catterall's "Let Me Make THIS Clear - More Oft-Misunderstood DB2 for z/OS Concepts and Facilities" click here

To download Robert Catterall's "Modernizing the Architecture of Your DB2 for z/OS-Accessing Applications" click here

To download John Iczkovits' "DB2 12 for z/OS Overview" click here

To download Roger Sanders' "Migrating an On-Premises DB2 Database to the Cloud" click here

To download Paul Turpin's "Survival Guide For a SAP DBA" click here

Meeting Details

SIRDUG is very pleased to announce that the first 2017 SIRDUG meeting will be held on April 11, and will feature previews of 2017 North American IDUG conference presentations from Robert Catteral, Roger Sanders & John Iczkovits, from IBM, and Paul Turpin.

The IDUG 2017 DB2 Tech Conference in Anaheim, California will be held April 30th through May 4th. If you are not able to attend this year's IDUG North America Conference, the SIRDUG Preview Session is your opportunity to catch a piece of the action.

To see details about the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference click here

WHEN? April 11 (Tuesday)

WHERE? 8505 IBM Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262, The Innovation Park Charlotte (An old IBM Main Site) See directions below

COST? $10 cash or check (tentative price), at the door.
We do not accept credit cards.

Meeting Agenda

April 11 (Tuesday)
Featured Speakers - Robert Catterall, Roger Sanders, John Iczkovits, Paul Turpin
Tentative Schedule

 8:00 -  8:30  -  Registration - Coffee, Danish, and Networking
 8:30 -  8:40  -  SIRDUG announcements and speaker introductions 
 8:40 -  9:40  -  Robert Catterall - "Let Me Make THIS Clear - More Oft-Misunderstood DB2 for z/OS Concepts and Facilities"
 9:40 -  9:50  -  Mid-Morning Break
 9:50 - 10:50  -  Roger Sanders - "Migrating an On-Premises DB2 Database to the Cloud"
11:00 - 12:00  -  Robert Catterall - "Modernizing the Architecture of Your DB2 for z/OS-Accessing Applications"
12:00 - 12:45  -  Lunch
12:45 -  1:45  -  John Iczkovits - "DB2 12 for z/OS Overview"
 1:45 -  1:55  -  Mid-Afternoon Break
 1:55 -  3:15  -  Paul Turpin - "Survival Guide For a SAP DBA"
 3:15 -  3:30  -  SIRDUG business, Adjourn  


Directions to Innovation Park (Charlotte, NC)

Meeting Address: 8505 IBM Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262, The Innovation Park Charlotte (the old IBM Main Site)

Use the address 8505 for Google Search.

From Interstate 85N or 85S, take EXIT 45B then turn right, you will be on the W.T., Harris Bvld, merge to left lane (not the one to exit back to Interstate 85), turn Left at next traffic light, it will be the IBM Drive, Address 8505 will be on the Right.

Enter Entrance 1 of the Innovation Park, the one after the Wells Fargo Entrance.

The meeting room is inside building 8335.

The map below shows the parking lot to use.

After parking, look for SIRDUG meeting signs along the entrance to the meeting place.


This map shows parking spots in orange highlights and the path from parking lot to building highlighted in orange color

To download the campus map with Orange Color highlights click here

To download the campus map click here

To download the site amenities document click here

What door to enter?
This information will be provided later.

Robert Catterall's Biography

Robert Catterall works for IBM as a Senior Consulting DB2 for z/OS specialist. He started his IT career with IBM in 1982, and worked throughout the 1990s as a member of the Company's DB2 for z/OS National Technical Support team. From 2000 to 2007, Robert worked as a database technology strategist for CheckFree (now part of Fiserv). After working for three years as an independent DB2 consultant, he rejoined IBM in 2010. Robert is a past President of IDUG, and a member of IDUG's Speakers Hall of Fame. He presents frequently at conferences, and blogs about DB2 for z/OS at http://robertsdb2blog.blogspot.com/.

Title: "Let Me Make THIS Clear - More Oft-Misunderstood DB2 for z/OS Concepts and Facilities"

Abstract: At the 2016 IDUG North America Conference I talked about DB2 for z/OS concepts and facilities that many people know of but are not clear on. I'm back with more of the same, again based on questions I get from DB2 users around the world. From pooled and high-performance DBATs to large page frames, from data set open and close to prefetch reads and array data types, I'll try to take folks from "Uh" to "Oh!"

TITLE: Modernizing the Architecture of Your DB2 for z/OS-Accessing Applications

Abstract: DB2 for z/OS has been around for more than 30 years, and there are applications written for DB2 in the 1980s that are running just fine today. That said, recent years have seen major changes in the architecture of DB2-accessing applications. These newer developments have delivered enhanced agility, resiliency, and flexibility, while conforming to the programming preferences of a new generation of application developers. This session will explore a variety of topics related to modern architecture for DB2-accessing applications, including native SQL procedures, synergy with message queuing technology, support for Java and other modern languages, RESTful services, and leveraging developer-friendly DB2 features and functions.

Roger Sander's Biography

Roger E. Sanders is a DB2 for LUW Offering Manager at IBM. He has been working with DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (DB2 for LUW) since it was first introduced on the IBM PC (as part of OS/2 1.3 Extended Edition) and is the author of 25 books on relational database technology (24 are on DB2 and one is on ODBC). For 10 years, Roger authored the ďDistributed DBAĒ column in IBM Data Magazine (formerly DB2 Magazine), and for three years, he served as President of the Triangle DB2 Userís Group (TriDUG), a regional DB2 userís group that meets in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Roger has also written articles for publications like Certification Magazine and IDUG Solutions Journal (the official magazine of the International DB2 User's Group), authored DB2-related tutorials and articles for IBM's developerWorks website, presented at a variety of International DB2 Userís Group (IDUG) conferences and regional DB2 Userís Group meetings, taught numerous courses on DB2 Fundamentals and DB2 for LUW Database Administration, and participated in the development of 25 DB2 certification exams.
From 2008 to 2015, Roger was recognized as an IBM Champion for his contributions to the IBM Data Management community; in 2012 he was recognized as an IBM developerWorks Master Author, Level 2 (for his contributions to the IBM developerWorks community). He lives in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina.

Title: "Migrating an On-Premises DB2 Database to the Cloud"

Abstract: There is a bias among many DBAs that the public cloud is not secure, and that keeping data stored in the cloud is not an option they are willing to explore. It feels better to know that database servers sit inside a companyís walls and that they have complete control over their database environments. But, after a few years of operating other workloads in the cloud, organizations are confirming that the benefits - availability, cost reduction, and flexible scalability top the list - match the original promise of cloud computing. Consequently, the use of cloud applications is increasing and it is apparent that the move toward cloud computing is inevitable. This presentation will introduce participants to dashDB and dashDB for transactions and walk them through a simple process that can be used to "test the cloud waters" by migrating on-premises DB2 LUW development and test databases to one (or both) of these cloud offerings.

Paul Turpin's Biography

Paul Turpin is a consulting database administrator for a large financial institution, supporting SAP. He specializes in DB2 for LUW on large systems. He enjoys exploring new features and functionality in DB2. He has spoken at IDUG North America, IDUG Europe, SHARE, IBMís Information on Demand conference, and several RUGs. Paul currently serves as the IDUG President. He was one of IBM's inaugural Information Champions.

Title: "Survival Guide For a SAP DBA"

Working as a DBA in the SAP environment is a bit different than working with other applications. This presentation will introduce you to some tools and tips that I have learned with working in the SAP environment. Monitoring of a SAP database and maintenance of a SAP database is a bit different that what you have seen with other applications. SAP provided tools like DBA Cockpit and db6util will be covered in the presentation.

John Iczkovits' Biography

John Iczkovits is a Senior IT Specialist with IBM Advanced Technical Support. He provides DB2 for z/OS technical support and consulting services. His areas of expertise include DB2 data sharing, performance, and availability. His work in IBM includes experience supporting DB2 as a Systems Engineer, Database Administrator, IT Specialist, Consultant, and project lead. He has 34 years of IT experience, ranging from database products such as DB2 and IMS to MVS systems support, including storage management. He has also co-authored IBM redbooks, red papers, white papers, trade magazine articles, and presented at SHARE, the DB2 Tech Conference, the Information On Demand Conference, Insight Conference, zEXPO Conference, IBM System z Technical Symposium, Edge, CMG, IDUG, InterConnect, and at local DB2 users groups.

Title: "DB2 12 for z/OS Overview"

This session will provide an overview of all of the great new features and functions available for the newest version of the best DBMS in the industry.

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