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The 2014 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference now in its 26th year is the premier training event dedicated exclusively to IBM’s industry-leading DB2 product family. The conference includes a robust technical schedule, in-depth seminars, networking opportunities and a vendor exhibition featuring the latest innovations in DB2.


BMC is proud to have sponsored IDUG for over 10 years. Here are some ways you can engage with us and find out how to optimize your mainframe DB2 environment, from sessions to Vendor Solution Presentations (VSPs), to in-booth demos and giveaways, we've got a lot in store for you:


1. Session 1:  Tame Your Backups without Creating More Work (AO3)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Encanto A

Speaker: Paul Walters, Navy Federal Credit Union and Jim Kurtz BMC Software

Faced with a 10 year old backup process that was running in excess of 24 hours and impacting other database activities such as LOADs, MODIFYs, REORGs and normal system outages, the Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) needed to quickly and reliability deploy a new backup strategy that would meet their scheduling requirements without creating maintenance issues or impacting the reliability of their recovery process


2. Session 2: A DB2 Workload Tuning Methodology (EO5)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 8:00 am – 9:00 am


Speaker: Phil Grainger BMC Software


Instead of tuning your SQL one statement at a time, why not look to the advantages of tuning an entire workload of SQL instead? Workload SQL tuning can not only provide faster returns on the investment in tuning time and effort but will usually provide bigger savings of cpu and other resources. Workload tuning can also avoid the unfortunate “Silly Putty” situation where improving the performance of one SQL statement can have unexpected detrimental effects elsewhere! Apart from tactical emergency corrections to individual SQL statements, workload SQL tuning should be the preferred mechanism to ensure that application SQL and the underlying database design work together in the most efficient way possible This presentation walks through a typical workload tuning methodology


3. Session 3: DB2 11 Expanded RBA/LRSN – Does this bit make my tail look big? (AO6)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Encanto A

Speaker: Ken McDonald , BMC Software


DB2 has had a 6 byte RBA since the beginning and a 6 byte LRSN since DB2 Version 4. IBM is introducing the ability to optionally expand the RBA and LRSN to 10 bytes in DB2 11. This change will have fairly far reaching implications on many DB2 structures that have carried a 6 byte RBA since the beginning over 30 years ago. This presentation will raise some of those implications by discussing where RBA values currently reside in the DB2 universe. Details of old versus new formats will be provided. The source of the presentation title? Every page on a DB2 object, both table and index spaces, ends in a structure called PGTAIL. In the expanded world, this becomes PGBIGTAIL.


4. Session 4: Advanced Copy Techniques (G11)

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Maryvale A

Speaker: Tom Price , BMC Software

During the last several years, a number of new techniques have become available for making copies and backups of DB2 data.  Each of the methods has certain requirements e.g. special hardware or software licenses, has significant advantages in some cases, and may have problems in other cases. This presentation discusses the requirements, advantages, and problems with several new techniques.  This discussion should help you decide which methods are the best for your systems.

5. Session 5: Building your DB2 War Room – Your System Health at a Glance (E12)

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm


Speaker: Lindsay Keim, State Farm Insurance and Kevin Pintar , BMC Software

Meeting today’s service level agreements for response time and through-put while trying to reduce costs is a challenge that every DB2 Performance, Admin and Application team faces. This two part presentation will focus on monitoring techniques for making your performance team a success. We will explore a large DB2 installation’s approach to quickly identifying and resolving DB2 performance opportunities using custom built dashboards. Secondly, using BMC’s DB2 Health Navigator, we will rapidly diagnose performance issues in several key functional areas such as logging, locking, and buffer pools.


6: Workbench: BMC Workbench for DB2 - Secure self-service tooling for DB2 for z/OS (VSP 1)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Encanto B

Speaker: Phil Grainger, BMC Software and Jim Kurtz, BMC Software

As our typical mainframe workforce starts to look towards retirement, there is becoming a need for more functionally rich interfaces than the historical ISPF screens

BMC Workbench for DB2 brings the power of a graphical interface to the world of DB2 tools

Running in a web browser, thus obviating the need for ANY local installation of software, BMC Workbench for DB2 provides secure self-service access to both DB2 and to the BMC DB2 toolset

Initially targeting application developers, Workbench delivers catalog browsing, access path analysis, statement tuning, job submission and many more activities in a familiar graphical environment

Come to our VSP and see a LIVE demo of the latest version of BMC Workbench for DB2


7. DB2 Recovery: DB2 z/OS Recovery Pay Now or Pay Later (VSP 2)

DB2 for z/OS Recovery: Preparation and Practice

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Encanto B

Speaker: Chad Reiber

When was the last time you had to do a recovery? Or should I ask when was the last time you thought about recovery in your day to day activity. Let’s take it to the next level when was the last time you actually practiced a recovery?  Today many of us think our DB2 databases are recoverable because we have mirrored DASD to some remote site and recovery is as easy as bringing up the system on that alternate site. But life is not so easy – a little work now can save many sleepless days or should I say weeks when something goes very wrong.

It is not all about having the state of art DB2 recovery tools – it is putting in the time to build the process so if something happens (and it might just be waiting to happen) you are ready to react. This presentation will review potential ways to prepare and practice DB2 recovery.  Many BMC and DB2 native utilities and products will be discussed.


8. Tuesday Reception 5:30-7:30


9. Sponsor Showcase Theater

Tuesday, May 13 5:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday May 14 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 4:30-6:00 pm
Thursday, May 15 11:30am - 1:00 pm


10. Workbench for DB2

BMC Workbench for DB2 provides self-service for application developers who prefer web based access to information about DB2, and for experienced DB2 DBAs who want an easy-to-use GUI approach for some of their tasks. BMC Workbench for DB2 is a component of BMC Object Administration and BMC Performance for DB2 SQL offerings.


11. SQL Performance for DB2

BMC SQL Performance for DB2 diagnoses application performance problems, thereby reducing overall costs. BMC SQL Performance for DB2 integrates the functionality of the following products and technologies into a single offering that helps you optimize performance and availability by tuning the application SQL or physical database design.


12. Backup and Recovery for DB2

BMC Recovery Management for DB2 provides automation and advisory-level features to enable rapid backup and recovery, including recovery any timestamp or log point, high-speed transaction recovery, backout recovery, and instant recovery using intelligent hardware.


13. Object Administration for DB2

With BMC Database Administration for DB2, you will ensure application and data integrity, improve productivity by simplifying DB2 catalog navigation and change management, mitigate risk by synchronizing changes with related objects and enhance application availability by performing maintenance with minimal outages.

14. High speed utilities for DB2

This solution provides catalog and change management tools and high speed utilities to support objects throughout the application life cycle, enables version control for added flexibility recovers inadvertently dropped DB2 objects and enables you to back-out changes.


15. MainView for DB2

As your business grows, so does your data—along with the costs to manage it. BMC MainView offers the most CPU-efficient monitoring and management solution in the industry, shifting up to 70% of monitoring overhead from MIPs to zIIPs. The result? More room to process business applications, and performance management that corrects issues before they even have a chance to cost you money.


16. MLC Cost Reduction – Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise

BMC Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise incorporates the complexity of MLC pricing into an easy to use solution for actively managing MLC costs.  By analyzing utilization and cost data, BMC Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise portrays the system peaks and cost drivers so you can identify cost-reducing strategies. Robust graphical reporting gets you started and powerful "what-if" planning capabilities let you test-drive changes and see the cost impacts those might have before you commit to any changes.


17. DB2 Reference Book

Get your DB2 Reference Book!



18. DB2 Reference Poster



19. Mainframe 50 T-Shirt

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20. Mainframe 50 Coin


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BMC Software has been a sponsor at Share for the past ten years, so we’re happy to announce we’ll be a silver sponsor for this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Mainframe show. SHARE, now in its 61st year, is the renowned mainframe technical conference for IT management and end users. The conference delivers expertise, hands-on instruction, as well as important professional networking opportunities in mainframe technologies and trends. We hope you'll join us for some of the festivities.


Here are 14 reasons to join BMC Software for this Mainframe fiftieth anniversary show:


1. Automation for IMS: Why It’s Needed, Who benefits, and What the Impact Is (Session 14771)


Monday, March 10, 2014: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Grand Ballroom Salon B

Speaker: Duane Wente (BMC Software)

Policy driven database management insures that key space and tuning objectives are being applied on a consistent basis no matter how many databases need oversight on an ongoing basis. Today’s performance, availability and recoverability requirements do not allow for simply individual expertise as the basis for managing production IMS environments.  The best staff and technology strategy is to provide a real-time management solution that increases productivity, increases effectiveness, and reduces costs by only doing necessary work.

2. Lessons Learned in the Meeting of Generations on the Mainframe (SHARE Panel 15309)Harper.jpg

Monday, March 10, 2014: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Platinum Ballroom Salon 8 (Anaheim Marriott Hotel)

Speakers: Reg Harbeck (Mainframe Analytics Ltd.), Warren T. Harper (BMC Software) and Cameron Seay, Doctorate, Educational-Psychology, Master's, Business, Information-Systems, Economics (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University)

A new generation has arrived and begun to learn about your environment - and about how to learn about your environment. At the same time, your most experienced people are gaining new experiences and insights as mentors. How does it all come together? This panel discussion will give people at the front line of this meeting of the generations a chance to consider and discuss this


3. Mentoring the New z/OS Professionals: Do You Have a Plan? (Session 15012)


Tuesday, March 11, 2014: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Grand Ballroom Salon H

Speaker: Greg Caliri (BMC Software)

As older z/OS professionals reach retirement age, newer ones are coming up and taking their places -- or are they? The complications of convincing young professionals to embark on a career in "big iron", plus assisting and instructing those individuals on things that are and are not "in the books" must be reviewed. There is a rich culture that needs to be shared.


4. You and the Mainframe: Where You’ve Been and Where You’re Going - A Lively Discussion (Lunch & Learn)download (1).jpg

Wednesday, March12, 2014: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Platinum 2 (Anaheim Marriott Hotel)

Speaker: Jonathan Adams VP and GM of Data & Select Technologies BMC Software

You and the mainframe have been together for many years. You have a lot of memories—some good, some you’d rather forget. Reliving those memories enables you to see more clearly into the future and what the mainframe has in store.

Lunch is on us and so are the prizes! Come join us and share your experiences in this interactive session. Meet with mainframe colleagues and Jonathan Adams, General Manager of BMC’s Mainframe Solutions business and author of the Mainframe Revolution blog, to talk about where the mainframe is going in the next 50 years. We’d love to hear about your mainframe highlights and how you’ve watched the mainframe transform your business over the years.

5. IT Service Management Best Practices for the Data Center (Session 14525)

Friday, March 14, 2014: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM


Platinum Ballroom Salon 1

Speaker: Anthony Orr (BMC Software)

Best practices are important for realizing value within the data center. Today, best practices such as ITIL, project management (PMP, Prince2), and LEAN are helping organizations realized business value from their IT initiatives. This session will help you understand these best practices, and more, for your practice of service management. At the end of the day, managing service, and not just technology or process, will help your organization become more customer focused and relevant. Anthony Orr, an ITIL v3 2011 author, examiner and industry thought leader will simplify and enhance your understanding of best practices for value realization.


6.  Great Conversations at our Exhibit Booth #511:

BMC’s mainframe solutions reduce your overall mainframe costs and ensure highest availability of applications and business services. See how this is done at our booth #511:

Conference:  March 9th – 14th, 2014      

Exhibits:  March 10th – 12th, 2014

Monday: 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm    

Tuesday: 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm    

Wednesday: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

7. CAZE v1.1 Booth Theater Demo

Join us for an in-booth theater session to learn how to simplify processes and optimize applications that contribute to peak usage and high MLC costs, address the skills gap, and save critical resources for other strategic initiatives.

8. Workbench for DB2 Booth Demo

Increase productivity and offer a better user experience with solutions that provide secure, self-service access to database information.

9. Application Accelerator for IMS Demo

Reduce MIPS/MSUs and their associated costs for IMS batch applications — and improve availability by reducing elapsed time.

10. Mainview – Systems Automation and Management for Mainframe Demo

When it comes down to it, your mainframe needs to do more than manage data. It needs to reduce costs. Diagnose problems. Minimize risks. BMC MainView does it all.

11. Capacity Management Demo

Facilitate ‘just-in-time’ hardware procurement by identifying when current resources will no longer meet service levels. Reduce costs by “right-sizing” the capacity requirements for your organization and make informed capacity procurement decisions based on historical, current, and future business application performance.


12. Pick up a "50 Years of Mainframe" T-Shirt

Show your enthusiasm for Mainframe with our limited run, 50 Years of Mainframe T-Shirt.


13. See the Special BMC Mainframe 50 Commemoration

Check out our special, limited run, 50 Years of Mainframe commemoration, minted just for BMC's Mainframe 50 celebration, and get your hands on your own!



14. Enter to win a Keurig

With BMC Software, you might not need to brew a full pot for your next project, so we're giving you a chance to win a Keurig!


There you have it. Join us for Share in Anaheim, and celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mainframe. What are you most excited to see at SHARE? What are your earliest memories on Mainframe? Let us know in the comments below.


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