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The mainframe is a foreign concept to many people - even those who work in organizations that use them.

 

This light-hearted video introduces the mainframe to someone who believes he is really smart. Check it out.

 

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Are you still shopping for last-minute holiday gifts? While a mainframe itself may be out of your price range, you can find a plethora of mainframe-related items for that special someone:

 

 

Happy holidays!

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Planning to attend IDUG in Barcelona this October? If so, we look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues at our exhibition booth to share our new offerings for managing the mainframe. You’ll have the chance to meet our team of DB2 specialists and register to win an iPad mini.

 

View live demonstrations of our cost-effective mainframe products, including:

 

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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In 1971, Three Dog Night sang about never having been to Spain. Perhaps they should join us at IDUG EMEA, which will be held in Barcelona October 14-17.

 

When you attend IDUG, you have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of DB2. This year, BMC customer Caixa Seguros will present "Reduce Your Application Backup Window with a Snap!"

 

And five DB2 experts from BMC will provide valuable education in eight sessions:

 

  • Donna Di Carlo -  "Pitfalls of Data Migration" and "To Include or Not to Include? That is the Question."
  • Phil Grainger - "Application Performance - Tuning, Trending, and Testing" and "It Could Happen to YOU - Scary Disaster Stories and Lessons Learned - NOTHING is Impossible."
  • Terri Grissom - "The ABCs of Disaster Recovery."
  • Ken McDonald - "DB2 11 Expanded RBA/LRSN - Does This Bit Make My Tail Look Big?"
  • Ramon Menendez - "Project NM/GP: Getting the Most from Your SQL Monitor" and "The New Hints in DB2 10."

 

Be sure to join us for a week of education and networking.

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The news around the world today is that the pope has resigned...the first one to do so in about 600 years. A strict set of rules for electing a new pontiff exists, but that set of rules is based on a pope's death, not resignation. The cardinals are developing an amended plan to elect the next pope.

 

This situation highlights the need for a contingency plan - and a contingency plan for the contingency plan. For example. you back up your data regularly so that you can recover from any outages. But what if your backups get corrupted? Do you have a backup for the backup?

 

I go overboard with backups of my photos, but I really don't want to lose them. I have them on my personal laptop, on a photo-sharing web site, and on CDs. I even get old-school and get prints made to put in a photo album. This is a lot of different backups, but I have lost all data on my laptop and some CDs have become unusable.

 

While it's not necessary for you to have four backups of everything, it is a good idea to plan for unforeseen events. Be ready to adapt quickly when something unexpected happens.

 

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Kathy Klimpel

Do you DB2?

Posted by Kathy Klimpel Employee Feb 4, 2013
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Learn about DB2 from Klaas Brant and other industry experts in a regional DB2 Symposium. Each symposium provides three full days of in-depth training on advanced DB2 topics.

 

You can attend sessions in

 

 

Check it out!

 

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We all know that the mainframe is not going away any time soon. In fact, many of us will retire before the mainframe does. So what are you doing to bolster your mainframe career?

Gabe Goldberg provides some valuable advice in this article. He recommends that you:

 

  • Master more than the mainframe itself—master its ecosystem by embracing new technologies.
  • Learn from those older and younger. We all have different experiences, and sometimes a fresh perspective can help solve a problem.
  • Avoid living in a network, database, storage, etc. silo. Each discipline relies on the others, so the more you know, the more valuable you’ll be.
  • Solve problems, don’t just report them.
  • Read manuals cover-to-cover for technologies that are new to you.
  • Be visible. Speak at user groups, write for industry blogs (perhaps your own organization has one), and chime in on discussion lists. Someone who’s seen you or read your work may have an opportunity for you.

 

Above all, love your job. Passion and enthusiasm are contagious.

 

Do you have any mainframe career tips? Add comments by clicking the Comments button below.

 

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Guest post by Rick Weaver, Software Consultant


Most of us carry a life insurance policy. We have it so that if a catastrophe befalls us, our family can continue on with their lives, albeit somewhat hampered. Likewise, many companies use mirroring or some form of data replication to protect their corporate data. Should a catastrophe befall the data center, business processing can continue, albeit with some moderate impact.


But what if you are involved in an accident that leaves you injured, but still alive? Your life insurance policy is not going to help. You need a different kind of coverage to help you through the recovery process.


Most failures in a data center are not full blown site-wide catastrophes - they are localized failures that affect individual databases. The organization is not going to invoke the disaster recovery plan if a single disk volume fails or an application program introduces discrepancies into a database. For these types of failures, mirroring does not help. In fact, if the failure is data related, the data discrepancy is faithfully replicated to the mirror, corrupting the mirror.

 

Check out this two-minute demo.


Clearly, you need recovery tools for both local and site-wide disasters, just as you need both life and health insurance. But just as with insurance, you don’t want to pay too much.


BMC recovery solutions for DB2, IMS, and VSAM are the fastest, most powerful, and most efficient tools you can buy.  They reduce the cost and downtime associated with backup and recovery, and they automate the processes associated with recoveries, thus reducing risk.


Just as you don’t want to leave your family in the lurch if something happens to you, don’t leave your data unprotected.

 

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