PEACE, LOVE, and DB2 PERFORMANCE Party at IDUG 5/14 8pm Hard Rock Cafe

We are so EXCITED about IDUG Denver that we are starting the Conference Early! Join DBI and HLS Technologies for PEACE, LOVE, & PERFORMANCE at the Hard Rock Cafe Monday night 5/14 at 8pm! Get a chance to win up to $1,000! Souvenir Hard Rock T-shirts for everyone while supplies last! More information...

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DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop at IDUG NA, Denver, CO

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In 2010 and 2011, the "DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop" drew top attendance numbers in North America, Australia, and EMEA. For 2012, this IDUG Ed Seminar has been updated and is being offered again as session 212. Click Here for Details. THIS SEMINAR WILL NOT BE OFFERED AGAIN after 2012! This is your FINAL OPPORTUNITY to reap the rich benefits of this class!

In this full day class, you will receive over three dozen SQL Snapshot commands to help analyze YOUR database. Together, we will learn about what to measure, we will discover the problems and "opportunities for improvement" in your database, we will discuss solutions, and you will return to your office fully equipped to make measurable performance improvements.

This blog post contains the specific instructions that you should use to prepare for this workshop...

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DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop at the DB2 Symposium

DB2 Symposium 2011 Logo The DB2 Symposium is returning to the US this March 28-30 in the NYC area. Based upon my very popular IDUG Ed Seminar "DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop", I am pleased to offer an enhanced version of this seminar as a 2 Day class via the DB2 Symposium.

In this two day class, you will receive over three dozen SQL Snapshot commands to help analyze YOUR database. Together, we will learn about what to measure, we will discover the problems and "opportunities for improvement" in your database, we will discuss solutions, and you will return to your office fully equipped to make measurable performance improvements.

This blog post contains the specific instructions that you should use to prepare for this workshop...

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Rocket Science: DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop, IDUG EMEA

IDUG EMEA 2011 Logo In 2010, the "DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop" drew top attendance numbers in North America, Australia, and EMEA. In 2011, this IDUG Ed Seminar has been updated and is being offered again as session 1900. Click Here for Details.

In this full day class, you will receive over three dozen SQL Snapshot commands to help analyze YOUR database. Together, we will learn about what to measure, we will discover the problems and "opportunities for improvement" in your database, we will discuss solutions, and you will return to your office fully equipped to make measurable performance improvements.

This blog post contains the specific instructions that you should use to prepare for this workshop...

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Updated: Let's ask some Smarter Questions about DB2 LUW Performance Tools

Borrowing words from Texas Governor Perry, it is time for some "provocative language." I am an IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant and Information Management Champion. I've earned these merit badges over the years for my advocacy of DB2 and the DB2 community. But, I am not a puppet for IBM and I am concerned for the DB2 community regarding recent trends and events. The rant that follows is my opinion based on information, belief, and observations...

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Increased DB2 Performance, Efficiency, and Improved SLAs

Press Release: DBI Announces the Addition of BOLT System to the DBI Customer Family. DBI Products Deliver Increased DB2 Database Performance While Improving Overall Efficiency of System Administration and Applications. ... Jerry Robertson, CTO at BOLT System, comments, "The relationship with DBI has been exceptional. The products have not only delivered as promised, DBI has exceeded our overall expectations by providing outstanding support." Jerry adds, "Response times and quality of service are critical to our customers, and the DBI products help us meet and exceed our stringent service level agreements while minimizing our IT costs."

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Happy Father's Day: Performance Lessons Learned from Dad

My dad died June 10, 2011, around 1:45pm CDT. I learned of this via text message at the Minneapolis St. Paul airport. While this may not seem relevant to "DB2" at the moment, my dad made many contributions to our DB2 LUW community. This blog is a toast to my dad, your dad, and anyone out there who has a dad. I wrote and delivered this eulogy on June 16th in Harrisburg, PA. Several people asked for copies of the handouts, so, okay, I've shared (grin). Fathers are special people...

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DB2 Performance Lessons Learned on the Treadmill, Part 2

What can over 103 hours of running teach you about DB2 performance? A lot! Here's Lesson #2 packed with more free advice. Read Lesson #1 first if you missed it.
Half Marathon Race Medals Refresher: In December 2009, I weighed about 210LBs. My wife was nagging me about losing weight. My blood pressure was a bit high and so was my resting heart rate. Adding insult to injury, I stepped on our new Wii Balance Board and our Wii Fit Plus game verified I was overweight. You can argue (unsuccessfully) with your wife, but you can't argue with a game. There was only one thing I could do. I started running my butt off. By April 2010, I weighed 180LBs and ran in my first 10K race. In September 2010, I ran in the Philadelphia Half Marathon. By the end of 2010, I logged just over 500 miles for the year. Last month, April 2011, I ran in the Nashville Half Marathon. I've had a lot of time to think about how tuning "me" is like tuning DB2...


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Run DB2 LUW Faster: Performance Lessons Learned on the Treadmill, Part 1

What can over 102 hours of running teach you about DB2 performance? A lot! Read this story and the parts that follow and you can learn from my experiences even if you don't own a pair of running shoes!
Half Marathon Race Medals In December 2009, I weighed about 210LBs. My wife was nagging me about losing weight. My blood pressure was a bit high and so was my resting heart rate. Adding insult to injury, I stepped on our new Wii Balance Board and our Wii Fit Plus game verified I was overweight. You can argue (unsuccessfully) with your wife, but you can't argue with a game. There was only one thing I could do. I started running my butt off. By April 2010, I weighed 180LBs and ran in my first 10K race. In September 2010, I ran in the Philadelphia Half Marathon. By the end of 2010, I logged just over 500 miles for the year. Last month, April 2011, I ran in the Nashville Half Marathon. I've had a lot of time to think about how tuning "me" is like tuning DB2...


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DB2 LUW Performance: FBS Customer Performance Success Story

FARGO, N.D., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FBS develops internet based software for real estate professionals and the performance of large DB2 databases is absolutely mission critical to the organization. Mr. Jaison Feed, Vice President of Information Technology for FBS states: "The DBI Brother-Panther for DB2 LUW product has opened our eyes by recommending over 150 important indexes to our database to improve performance. Additionally, it has helped highlight some structural deficiencies deep in our architecture that are now candidates for optimization." Read more...

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#DB2 Game Changer: Showcasing Breakthrough Tools at #IDUGNA - News Release

DBI's Brother-Panther® 5.1 for DB2® LUW brings new features that provide significant analysis capability that the IT industry has not seen before.

AUSTIN, Texas, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DBI (Database-Brothers, Inc.), a software company providing professional grade database performance management tools, today announced the release of Brother-Panther® version 5.1. Already recognized by the DB2 IT community as a best of breed performance monitoring, tuning, and trending tool with its innovative SQL workload aggregate analysis and trend charts that track change events, this new version provides aggregate costs and details for database applications and users, includes CPU chargeback information, and recommendations for optimized solid state disk (SSD) configuration. Yet, all this is just the tip of the iceberg when the new Database and SQL workload comparison functionality is considered... (read more)

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Breaking News: PartsSource selects DBI DB2 tools, cuts I/O by over 75%

AUSTIN, Texas, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DBI announced today that they assisted PartsSource, Inc., the world's leading provider of biomedical and imaging replacement parts and software solutions for clinical engineers, in the successful migration of a mission critical Oracle database to the IBM DB2 for LUW database. The conversion enables PartsSource to provide their customers with improved performance when ordering parts online, 24/7. Read more and learn about remarkable performance gains achieved...

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Tweet Up #DB2 #IDUG People! All #IDUG Tweets Monitored Here!

Check out www.DBISoftware.com/idugna11.php for live Twitter Search updates containing the #IDUG hash tag. If you prefer shorter URLs, you can also reference http://bit.ly/kW3MoM. Enjoy the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference!

Cheers,
Scott


1,019 votes so far in DB2's GOT TALENT. 97.5% Learned Something!

What are you missing? WATCH THE REPLAY, learn from our top finalists, then vote! Polls close 7 APR 2011 at 3pm CDT. Remember, too, to register for your free virtual seat in our studio audience on 8 APR 2011 10am CDT when the winners will be announced.

97.5% of voters indicate they learned something

Cheers,
Scott
DBI Software


All About IDUG - New Discounts - VIP PASS - Recommended LUW Sessions PART 2

PART 2. IMHO, there is simply no better forum than IDUG for learning about DB2. This year DBI is a GOLD Sponsor of the Anaheim Conference and we'll be showcasing our newest releases of the DBI Performance Tools for DB2 LUW. CLICK HERE for a FREE VIP PASS to the Expo Hall. I will be attending as many sessions and events as possible. CLICK HERE to view my personal marked up copy of the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference Grid.

In related news, remember to register for your free seat in our virtual studio audience on 8 April 2011 when The DB2Night Show™ will announce our DB2's GOT TALENT contest winners. The episode theme is " All about IDUG ". IDUG Volunteers will be sharing helpful information about education, networking, and free DB2 certification opportunities, and much much more. AND, if you missed the Early Bird Registration Discount, IDUG will be announcing a "DB2Night Show" discount during this show that will be valid for one week only - through 15 April 2011!

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All About IDUG - New Discounts - VIP PASS - Recommended LUW Sessions

I have attended EVERY North American IDUG Conference since the first in Chicago in 1988. IMHO, there is simply no better forum for learning about DB2. This year DBI is a GOLD Sponsor of the Anaheim Conference and we'll be showcasing our newest releases of the DBI Performance Tools for DB2 LUW. CLICK HERE for a FREE VIP PASS to the Expo Hall. I will be attending as many sessions and events as possible. CLICK HERE to view my personal marked up copy of the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference Grid.

In related news, remember to register for your free seat in our virtual studio audience on 8 April 2011 when The DB2Night Show™ will announce our DB2's GOT TALENT contest winners. The episode theme is " All about IDUG ". IDUG Volunteers will be sharing helpful information about education, networking, and free DB2 certification opportunities, and much much more. AND, if you missed the Early Bird Registration Discount, IDUG will be announcing a "DB2Night Show" discount during this show that will be valid for one week only - through 15 April 2011!

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DB2's GOT TALENT: 642+ Votes So Far - Polls close 7 APR 3pm CDT

What are you missing? Voter comments indicate that the DB2's GOT TALENT contest is an invaluable way to learn helpful DB2 tips and techniques. In just 6 days, over 600 DB2 Professionals have watched a replay of the final round and voted! WATCH THE REPLAY, LEARN from Thiru, and then VOTE for your favorite contestants. Polls close 7 April 2011 at 3pm Central.

Remember, too, to register for your free seat in our virtual studio audience on 8 April 2011 when The DB2Night Show™ will announce our contest winners. The episode theme is " All about IDUG ".

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DB2 LUW Performance, "DATA", db2cat, and a goldmine of information

"DATA". What a simple title. DB2's GOT TALENT Top Finalist Thiru caught our studio audience and judges by surprise when he unveiled the "db2cat" command and showed everyone how to find a goldmine of information. I find Thiru to be brilliant yet humble; it is a treat to learn from him. But, YOU, the DB2 Community, are the Final judges. WATCH THE REPLAY, LEARN from Thiru, and then VOTE for your favorite contestants. Polls close 7 April 2011 at 3pm Central.

Remember, too, to register for your free seat in our virtual studio audience on 8 April 2011 when The DB2Night Show™ will announce our contest winners. The episode theme is " All about IDUG ".

Cheers, Scott
DBI Software


From DBA to DBA: Tips to make your life easier

Judge Susan Visser loves his accent, his way with the English language, and has suggested that he might become the next Scott Hayes (not sure how I feel about this). Nonetheless, "he" is Norberto - a Top 4 Finalist in DB2's GOT TALENT. In his 25 March Final Round presentation, Norberto offered his fellow DBAs a truckload (that's a lot! ) of tips. Some tips were DB2 LUW related, and others were just good advice. WATCH THE REPLAY, LEARN from Norberto, and then VOTE for your favorite contestants. Polls close 7 April 2011 at 3pm Central.

Remember, too, to register for your free seat in our virtual studio audience on 8 April 2011 when The DB2Night Show™ will announce our contest winners. The episode theme is " All about IDUG ".

Cheers, Scott
DBI Software


DB2 Advice: Pressure makes Diamonds and Practice makes Perfect

Momi is a Top 4 Finalist in DB2's GOT TALENT. If you've been following the contest, Momi has offered many valuable tips and techniques for both DB2 z/OS and LUW. In his 25 March Finals presentation, Momi shared best practices advice on DB2 backups and recovery. If there are any Boy Scouts out there, you know their motto is "Be Prepared". Get Prepared! WATCH THE REPLAY, LEARN from Momi, and then VOTE for your favorite contestants. Polls close 7 April 2011 at 3pm Central.

Remember, too, to register for your free seat in our virtual studio audience on 8 April 2011 when The DB2Night Show™ will announce our contest winners. The episode theme is " All about IDUG ".

Cheers, Scott
DBI Software


DB2 LUW Performance: Concurrent I/O Best Practices

Jeyabarathi ("JB") is a polished IBM Professional and DB2's GOT TALENT Top 5 Finalist. Throughout this contest, JB has consistently delighted our judges and impressed our audiences with quality advice on topics such as "db2dart", using HADR to migrate data, and tuning multi-terabyte databases. During her 25 March presentation, JB elaborated further on I/O optimization with a deep dive on Concurrent I/O. WATCH THE REPLAY, LEARN from JB, and then VOTE for your favorite contestants. Polls close 7 April 2011 at 3pm Central.

Cheers, Scott
DBI Software


DB2 LUW Load Utility Performance, an Oracle DBA falls in love with DB2

She was once an Oracle DBA. She fell in love with DB2 LUW. Like Green Eggs and Ham, she learned to like something new. In this case, SHE is Mary - a Top 5 Finalist on DB2's GOT TALENT. During her 25 March presentation, Mary shared with us her secrets for success and best practices for using the DB2 LUW LOAD Utility. WATCH THE REPLAY, LEARN from Mary, and then VOTE for your favorite contestants. Polls close 7 April 2011 at 3pm Central.

Cheers, Scott
DBI Software


DB2 LUW FREE Education - What are you missing?

The DB2's GOT TALENT Contest Finalists are delivering fantastic topics: "Using SQL to write SQL", "A Handmade ETL Solution", "Free Table Partitioning", "Searching for the Needle in a CLOB Haystack", "I/O Optimization for TB sized databases", "Fixing Runaway Jobs", and "Influencing the DB2 LUW Optimizer"! Read this blog post to see what your DB2 community peers are saying about the quality and variety of the education! When you're ready to partake of this incredible training opportunity, watch The DB2Night Show™ REPLAYS!

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DB2 FREE Education - What are you missing?

Remarkably, I don't know if there has ever been a better way to learn about DB2! Have you been following the DB2's GOT TALENT Contest? Read this blog post to see what your DB2 community peers are saying about the quality and variety of the education! When you're ready to partake of this incredible training opportunity, watch The DB2Night Show™ REPLAYS!

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DB2 LUW Performance: Following my own Advice and Thankful

About a year ago I blogged Are you REALLY READY for Production?. I am following my own advice and very thankful! Perhaps, maybe, this is one of the most important blogs I've ever written! Let me tell you more...

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DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop at IDUG NA, Anaheim, CA

IDUG North America 2011 Logo In 2010, the "DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop" drew top attendance numbers in North America, Australia, and EMEA. In 2011, this IDUG Ed Seminar has been updated and is being offered again as session Z04. Click Here for Details.

In this full day class, you will receive over three dozen SQL Snapshot commands to help analyze YOUR database. Together, we will learn about what to measure, we will discover the problems and "opportunities for improvement" in your database, we will discuss solutions, and you will return to your office fully equipped to make measurable performance improvements.

This blog post contains the specific instructions that you should use to prepare for this workshop...

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DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop at the DB2 Symposium

DB2 Symposium 2011 Logo The DB2 Symposium is returning to the US this March 21-23 in Dallas, Texas. Based upon my very popular IDUG Ed Seminar "DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop", I am pleased to offer an enhanced version of this seminar as a 2 Day class via the DB2 Symposium.

In this two day class, you will receive over three dozen SQL Snapshot commands to help analyze YOUR database. Together, we will learn about what to measure, we will discover the problems and "opportunities for improvement" in your database, we will discuss solutions, and you will return to your office fully equipped to make measurable performance improvements.

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DB2 LUW Performance: Using the vi editor - Part 2

On Christmas Day, while delayed at the Atlanta airport, I wrote a quick tutorial blog on using the vi (very intuitive) editor. In my haste to get on my delayed flight, I ran out of time to share some more important vi "how-to's" with you. So, here's "Part 2" which includes more vi techniques and tricks... icon_smile

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DB2 LUW Performance: Using the vi (Very Intuitive) editor

I recently spoke with a customer that was rehosting a mainframe DB2/CICS/COBOL application to pSeries AIX. I did this in the mid-90's. When you find yourself in the UNIX or Linux world, you need to know how to use the VI editor. Since I'm now stranded in the ATL airport on Christmas day, this mini VI class is my "gift" to the DB2 LUW community. icon_smile

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DB2 LUW Performance: Full Day Ed Seminar at IDUG EMEA - Instructions

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Are you attending IDUG EMEA in Vienna? I hope so! The hard working volunteers at IDUG asked me to repeat my extremely successful and popular Ed Seminar from North America 2010 - "DB2 LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop".

To obtain maximum value from this class, you should follow the preparation instructions from THIS EARLIER BLOG POST (Click Here).

If you are not attending IDUG EMEA in Vienna, try to upgrade your plans! This class is worth the trip! You will be receiving over thirty six (36) SQL Snapshot commands that will help you analyze and tune your DB2 LUW databases!

Finally, please don't plan on leaving early if you can avoid it. At IDUG North America, there were so many good questions and so much lively discussion that we actually ran long by a couple of hours. After class, we'll find the nearest pub and have a graduation ceremony to celebrate your success.

See you at IDUG,
Cheers,
Scott

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