International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) Trip Report - Dave Beulke

Here is my trip report from the annual International DB2 User Group (IDUG) conference held last week. The event was great because of the technical, real world, pragmatic, and easy-to-understand content, especially from the user speakers. The IBMers, consultants, and vendors also provided great material to help make everyone’s DB2 systems and applications perform better . . . → Read More: IDUG DB2 Trip Report

DB2 Install Next Steps: Part 1

Tuning DB2 LUW systems, databases, and applications can be sometimes a long drawn out research effort requiring examination of every variable involved. Sometimes the key to the performance is examining the DB2 LUW system installation, its configuration, and the database configuration. This why I call this blog “DB2 Install Next Steps” because if the SYSADMIN . . . → Read More: DB2 Install Next Steps: Part 1

IBM Announces Machine Learning on System z

Last month IBM provided more details about their new Watson Machine Learning Initiatives starting with System z (WMLz). Beginning a new initiative with the mainframe platform is an interesting move for IBM. The new WMLz offerings:

Introduce an end-to-end enterprise machine-learning platform. Extracting core machine learning technology from IBM Watson, IBM is offering a new . . . → Read More: IBM Announces Machine Learning on System z

DB2 12 and Other Technology Updates from the Silicon Valley Lab

Last week I was one of a few Gold Consultants who was invited to attend IBM’s System z Software Technical Sales Boot Camp at the Silicon Valley Lab. This event has many presentations highlighting IBM’s new technology and technology that is being developed. It is also a great time to catch up with other Gold . . . → Read More: DB2 12 and Other Technology Updates from the Silicon Valley Lab

Data Management Trends in a Paradoxical World

We have a new president in America. Some say he is bullying companies to build their factories in the USA, at the same time communist leaders Vladimir Putin in Russia and Xi Jinping in China are both saying they want to be globalists. While the terrible human rights and censorship issues from the communist countries . . . → Read More: Data Management in a Paradoxical World

Five Data Management Trends and Predictions for 2017

I want to thank all my readers for their support and comments this past year. It is your comments and emails that keep me writing, so please keep them coming in the New Year.

Data management trends and predictions are always interesting since they are formed from the research, experience, and topics that impact, touch, . . . → Read More: Five Data Management Trends and Predictions for 2017

Black Friday Lessons

In the last blog (found here), I talked about the first five of the top 10 ways that can help make your systems bulletproof for holiday processing for reliability, availability, and scalability demands. This week I continue with reliability, availability, and scalability topics from my technology geeky background point of view.

The next five . . . → Read More: Black Friday Lessons

Reliability, Availability, and Scalability Lessons for Holiday Peak Processing

Operational performance is always paramount for applications, websites, and order systems during the busy Christmas holiday shopping season. Keeping holiday peak processing going with good performance is a pains-taking ordeal. Even with the best laid plans of continuous improvement builds, application code freezes, massive end-to-end testing, and continuous monitoring of systems application and programs fail, . . . → Read More: Reliability, Availability, and Scalability Lessons for Holiday Peak Processing

Analytics Lessons from the Election

I have been doing analytical systems for many years, starting with my first data warehouse database design and application for E F Hutton in 1988. This election followed many analytics lessons that I have learned and experienced with several analytical data warehouse projects over the years.

First, don’t believe the early estimates or the first . . . → Read More: Analytics Lessons from the Election

5 Important Ideas from IBM World of Watson Conference

The rebranded IBM Insight conference (now the World of Watson conference) was last week. This year’s conference was noticeably improved with a wide variety of tried and true DB2 z/OS and DB2 LUW presentations along with new Spark, innovative data management techniques, big data activities, embedded technology, and industry specific solutions for the more than . . . → Read More: 5 Important Ideas from IBM World of Watson Conference