Making Magic Happen with DB2 at IDUG Anaheim, CA Disneyland Hotel

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IDUG North America is almost here folks. We are just six weeks out from one of THE premier DB2 events of the year. You don’t want to miss it! IDUG is made up of the most vibrant group of DB2 professionals worldwide. It’s a great way to grow and retain new talent as well! If you are looking for a way to bring on the next generation of DBAs and get … [Read more...]

Killer LOBs – Your Data Is In Danger

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It’s midnight. The LOBs are attacking your DB2 environment and it’s time to be afraid. Yes, be very afraid. LOBs – large objects – are big and have unique “personalities”. If LOBs could speak their minds they would tell you -  “We don’t have to follow the rules like structured data, so beware! We’re important because we store pictures, videos, … [Read more...]

Ode to the Mainframe – How do I love thee?

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Today I am feeling romantic. In an odd sort of way…perhaps it’s more appreciative or idealistic about life, its blessings, our meandering paths, the path that brought me to Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, and the industry and technology that I have learned which has allowed me to thrive. I wanted to honor that feeling with a post of some random … [Read more...]

How to Bridge the Gap from Green Screen to Today – Ready, Set, GUI

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“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” the powers that be decided that the standard user interface (UI) for our beloved mainframe would be a rectangular screen 80 characters wide by 24 lines high. Thanks to the abundance of monochrome cathode ray tubes (CRTs) using P1 phosphor, the term “green screen” was born.1 Admittedly, it was nice … [Read more...]

Aurevoir Brussels – Until We Meet Again IDUG!

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As I settled into my transatlantic flight on Friday, I couldn’t help reflect on all the wonderful, inspiring events that transpired this past week at IDUG EMEA in Brussels.  This was my first IDUG conference as part of the BMC team and I was very impressed. The completely volunteer, user-based organization put on such a professional and informative … [Read more...]

Transforming Data Management by the Numbers

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Here are two things that enterprises can count on as they cope with the explosive growth of unstructured and structured data in the digital economy: It will be a struggle to manage the unrelenting growth of data flooding your mainframe systems. You’re going to need help. These two “certainties” are highlighted in a recent commissioned … [Read more...]

New World, New Tools: Transforming DB2 Data Management

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The amount of data in digital systems worldwide is doubling every two years and, according to the Digital Universe Study from IDC, will reach 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020.  To put that growth into perspective, an article in Forbes reported that “more data has been created in the past two years than in the entire history of the human race.” Old … [Read more...]