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IDUG North America Tech Conference 2022

People seminar conference
2 minute read
Nick Mears

The International Db2 Users Group (IDUG®) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides education and services centered around IBM® Db2®. From July 11-14, 2022, it held the IDUG 2022 NA Db2 Tech Conference in Boston, MA. The conference included hundreds of in-person and virtual attendees, multiple vendor-sponsored presentations, and over 100 technical presentations across seven different tracks. BMC was pleased to be a gold sponsor for this event, with many BMC team members participating and/or presenting in eight individual sessions.

BMC had a great experience at the conference, and we look forward to continuing the conversations we started around all things DevOps-driven data management.

But first, in case you missed it while at the conference:

All of BMC’s IDUG presentation slides are available via the IDUG website, and several of BMC’s IDUG presentations will be made available on-demand at the IDUG site as well. Here are a few highlights from our presentations in Boston:

BMC Principal Product Manager John Barry and Lead Product Manager Steve Solomon discussed how the latest release of BMC AMI Data for Db2 can help you enable advanced automation for database performance optimization and ensure fast and accurate Db2 changes using database DevOps.

As John said of the presentation, “Steve and I were extremely pleased to share with IDUG America’s customers how BMC can help optimize Db2 mainframe applications for the highest levels of performance, velocity, and availability. Enabling mainframe modernization reduces mainframe costs while embracing database DevOps, increasing the rate of change, and improving the quality of application releases.”

BMC Director of Research and Development Anne Hoelscher and Director of Product Management Ron Coleman covered how BMC AMI Data for Db2’s automated tools, including intelligent utilities and automated recovery, can help optimize and ensure data integrity, eliminate downtime, drive greater resilience with faster recoveries, and integrate database management into a DevOps methodology.

BMC’s Db2 experts also hosted technical presentations:

  • Advisory Software Consultant Jim Kurtz presented and introduction to Db2 buffer pools and explained how to configure, monitor, and tune them.
  • Principal Software Consultant Todd Mollenhauer discussed techniques for converting multi-table tablespaces to single-table tablespaces.
  • Lead Product Developers David Kreis and Louise Comeaux took a beginners-level look at the structure and use of indexes.
  • Steve Solomon shared tips on ways that DBAs and application programmers can help reduce costs.
  • Director of Product Development Gary Burleson participated in a special interest group panel session, taking audience questions on all things Db2-related.
  • Advisory Software Consultant Chad Reiber reviewed Db2 z/OS recovery over the years, from hardware failures to application software bugs driving recoveries to disaster recovery to the next thing on the horizon.

We hope that you find these sessions useful and informative. If you have any questions about the topics covered or about our BMC AMI Data solutions, please visit the BMC AMI Data page on our website or reach out to us.

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About the author

Nick Mears

Nick Mears (new author) As Principal Solutions Marketing Manager at BMC Software, Nick leads global solutions marketing initiatives within BMC Software's AMI team for AI-driven and DevOps-focused data management and mainframe-centric SaaS and on-prem applications. In this role, Nick helps data management and software development organizations that feature AI, ML, and intelligent automation capabilities increase the efficiency, availability, stability, and release velocity of enterprise-grade data management and DevOps applications. Nick has over 15 years of experience supporting technology companies and enterprise-grade software with customer-oriented value.