Phil Grainger – BMC Blogs BMC Software Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:06:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Phil Grainger – BMC Blogs 32 32 BMCs Db2 Round Table 2018 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:39 +0000 In December 2018, BMC hosted the 18th Db2 Round Table in Cologne Germany. This is an annual event, that brings together Db2 tools users with architects and leaders from BMC R&D for two days spent discussing all-things related to Db2 and BMCs Db2 solutions. CHALLENGES and OPPORTUNITIES Db2 is alive and kicking, with a myriad […]]]> Intelligent Automation is the Key to Your Digital Transformation – A BMC Webinar Mon, 04 Feb 2019 00:00:35 +0000 In December BMC presented a webinar, in conjunction with IBM Systems Magazine, on Db2 automation. We looked at some of the pressures that are making day-to-day management of Db2 databases so tricky. Whether it’s skyrocketing volumes of data, or continual demands for always-on availability, life has never been so difficult. It was subtitled “Will You […]]]> IDUG EMEA, Malta – A highly successful EMEA conference Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:26:47 +0000 Phew – another hectic week is over with, and we say “Goodbye” to Malta. And whoever said having a conference in Malta in November was a terrible gamble with the weather had NO CLUE how nice Malta can be at the end of the year. We were blessed with clear days and pleasant nights – […]]]> SQL Performance Revisited Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:04 +0000 Earlier this year, we presented a SQL performance webinar which discussed management of sub-optimal SQL, access path regressions, new applications, new CPU peaks, and more. We have since received these questions: “How do I measure how my performance has improved?” “How do I know what that improvement has saved my business?” Both questions are relatively […]]]> Simplifying SQL Performance Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:39 +0000 Thanks to everyone who joined the recent BMC/IBM Systems Magazine webinar, “SQL Performance – Does It Have to Be So Difficult?” which looked at the issues around SQL performance (management of sub-optimal SQL, access path regressions, new applications, new CPU peaks, etc.) rather than the technological solutions that are available. At BMC we believe that […]]]> Db2 11 – End of Service Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:10 +0000 When IBM announced their continuous delivery plans for IBM® Db2®, one question kept nagging at the back of my mind. Historically, IBM would support two versions of Db2 at the same time (colloquially known as “current” and “current-1”). But if there were to be no Db2 13 (just incremental functional additions to Db2 12), how […]]]> IDUG in Philadelphia – BMC was there Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:24 +0000 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 […]]]> GDPR Is Here! Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:59 +0000 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 […]]]> IDUG Hits the Big 3-0 in Philadelphia Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:45 +0000 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 […]]]> GDPR – Some data recovery implications (part 3) Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:30 +0000 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.” […]]]>