Jim Dee

Jim Dee

Jim Dee is a Corporate Architect in the Data Management organization in R&D at BMC Software. He is responsible for the technical content and integration of the DB2 for z/OS product lines. He has worked at BMC since 1990, mostly in DB2 Backup and Recovery, as a developer, product author, and architect, and has held his current position as Chief Architect since 2007. Prior to joining BMC Software, Jim worked at various employers in the IT industry for 16 years. He worked as an application developer, systems programmer, DBA, and vendor developer. Jim has a B.A in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

What is Transparent Data Encryption in Db2 and Why Do I Want It?

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There have been several high visibility data exposures in the news over the last year or so. As a Db2 DBA, one of your responsibilities is the protection of the data your business needs to run. Your auditors, internal and external, may be demanding action to protect your valuable Db2 data from prying eyes. None of us want the cost, potential fines, … [Read more...]

Can We Say “Agile” and “Db2 for IBM z/OS” in the Same Sentence?

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The term “DevOps” is occupying a lot of space in articles, presentations, and blogs lately. But it doesn’t apply to the mainframe or Db2 on z/OS… or does it? As Db2 DBAs, we’re too busy keeping the lights on to worry about a trend that affects only distributed and mobile apps. But the truth is that many of those apps access Db2 data on z/OS, and … [Read more...]

IBM’s zIIP for Mainframe Explained

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  As a follow-up to Phil Grainger’s post about zIIP offload, I thought it was worth spending a few moments to focus on the characteristics of code that can run on a zIIP as well as code that could suffer minimum performance loss if it was rewritten to run on a zIIP rather than a general purpose processor (GP). IBM introduced the zIIP … [Read more...]