Phil Grainger

Phil Grainger

Phil has 30 years experience of DB2, starting work long ago in 1987 with DB2 Version 1.2. Since then he has worked with all versions, including DB2 12.

From his beginnings as a DB2 DBA for one of the largest users of DB2 at that time in the UK, through his time at PLATINUM technology, his almost 10 years as Senior Principal Product Manager at CA and through to his current position with BMC Software, Phil has always been a keen supporter of user groups and is a regular speaker at both vendor sponsored and independent events. His work with IDUG includes being a past member of the European IDUG Planning Committee, an inductee into the IDUG Volunteer Hall of Fame and now Board Liaison for BMC Software

Phil has been honoured by IBM as an Analytics Champion from 2009 to 2017

Phil is now Lead Product Manager at BMC Software working in support of their DB2 tools portfolio

In addition, Phil is a regular contributor to the IDUG sponsored
DB2-L discussion list

IDUG in Philadelphia – BMC was there

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Things have certainly changed since those days back in 1988 when a group of users, vendors, and consultants got together with IBM to create what became a worldwide Db2 user group. They called it the International DB2 Users Group (hence “IDUG” for short). The aim of the group was to be independent of both vendors and IBM and provide a mechanism for … [Read more...]

GDPR Is Here!

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That date that everyone thought would never arrive (or maybe they hoped would never arrive) is finally here. Yes. 2018/145 or May 25, 2018. Apologies to those of you with significant life events on this date. What I am talking about is the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which finally becomes enforceable on … [Read more...]

IDUG Hits the Big 3-0 in Philadelphia

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IDUG North America this year is being held in downtown Philadelphia – at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. IDUG is the premier Db2 event worldwide, and it reaches its 30th birthday this year. Yes – you read that right! The first IDUG NA (and the first IDUG conference anywhere) was held in Chicago in 1989. In those days, IDUG was the ONLY place to go to … [Read more...]

GDPR – Some data recovery implications (part 3)

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Why Do I Need to Repeat Recovery Testing for GDPR? As we saw in my last blog on recovery and GDPR, the relevant part of the regulation says a company must have: “…. a process for regularly testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organisational measures for ensuring the security of the processing.” When I first … [Read more...]

GDPR – Some data recovery implications (part 2)

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Let’s look at ways that BMC Software’s Recovery Solutions for Db2 and IMS help you not only comply with GDPR, but also ensure that your business stays out of the news for all the wrong reasons. The regulations say that companies must be able to: …. restore the availability and access to personal data in a timely manner in the event of a … [Read more...]

GDPR – Some Data Recovery Implications

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GDPR will be here before we realize it, so let’s look at ways that BMC Software’s Recovery Solutions for Db2 and IMS help you not only comply with GDPR, but also help to ensure that your business stays out of the news for all the wrong reasons. The regulations say that companies must be able to: …. restore the availability and access to … [Read more...]

Is the IBM Mainframe Really a Slow-Growth Market?

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In a recent item on the TechTarget website1, CA’s head of Corporate Strategy and Development inferred that the mainframe is a “slow growth market” and that CA was struggling to see how innovation could drive further growth for them - acknowledging that this was despite the fact that “.... it (the mainframe) was strategic to our largest … [Read more...]

IDUG Portugal – Another Successful EMEA Conference

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As I settled into my flight home, I couldn’t help reflect on all the wonderful, inspiring events that transpired this past week at IDUG EMEA in Lisbon. As per usual, the completely volunteer, user-based organization put on such a professional and informative conference it is no wonder that they have the loyal following that they do. From the … [Read more...]

When Is zIIP Offload Not What It Seems?

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Minimizing the operating expense of your mainframe has never had a higher profile, nor been more important. Through the introduction of specialty processors (such as zIIPs), IBM has provided significantly lower cost hardware and the promise of dramatic savings in operational costs. The primary reason this is so attractive and cost-effective is not … [Read more...]