Phil Grainger – BMC Blogs http://www.bmc.com/blogs BMC Software Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:40:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blogs.bmc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bmc_favicon-300x300-150x150.png Phil Grainger – BMC Blogs http://www.bmc.com/blogs 32 32 Db2 11 – End of Service http://www.bmc.com/blogs/db2-11-end-of-service/ Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:10 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=12325 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 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/idug-in-philadelphia-bmc-was-there/ Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:24 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=12257 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! http://www.bmc.com/blogs/gdpr-is-here/ Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:59 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=12215 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 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/idug-hits-the-big-3-0-in-philadelphia/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:45 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=12084 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) http://www.bmc.com/blogs/gdpr-some-data-recovery-implications-part-3/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:30 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=11852 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.” […]]]> GDPR – Some data recovery implications (part 2) http://www.bmc.com/blogs/gdpr-some-data-recovery-implications-part-2/ Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:42 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=11822 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 […]]]> GDPR – Some Data Recovery Implications http://www.bmc.com/blogs/gdpr-some-data-recovery-implications/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:36 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=11712 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 […]]]> Is the IBM Mainframe Really a Slow-Growth Market? http://www.bmc.com/blogs/is-the-ibm-mainframe-really-a-slow-growth-market/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:29 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=11503 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 […]]]> IDUG Portugal – Another Successful EMEA Conference http://www.bmc.com/blogs/idug-portugal-another-successful-emea-conference/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:15:15 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=11302 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 […]]]> When Is zIIP Offload Not What It Seems? http://www.bmc.com/blogs/ziip-offload-not-seems/ Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:18:04 +0000 http://www.bmc.com/blogs/?p=10865 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 just the […]]]>