Flexible DB2 Resourcing – Don’t take work on holiday with you this summer

Taking a break from DB2? With summer just around the corner many of us will be looking forward to a well-earned break. However, we all know how stressful the workplace can be in the lead up to a holiday.

Managing annual leave cover can prove difficult particularly in organisations with just one or two DBAs. High or continuous availability is a common requirement for today’s “on demand” IT systems which can also put real pressure on small or overstretched DBA teams. Worrying about downtime, loss of data or worst of all a complete systems failure is not the optimal way to de-stress and unwind whilst on annual leave.

At Triton Consulting we offer a range of flexible DB2 services that can be tailored to your company’s requirements. Our Consultancy on Demand  and RemoteDBA services are ideal for short term loss of DB2 skills such as holidays. They are also suitable for other scenarios such as long term sickness, maternity cover or paternity leave.

Our customers have found that working alongside a partner who can provide 24×7 DBA cover provides the insurance they need to allow them to relax in the knowledge that their IT systems are in safe hands. There really is no reason to leave your DBAs feeling unsupported and vital systems unattended.

For further information please visit our Flexible IT Resourcing webpage.

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Database Performance Management – The Solution

With each new DB2 LUW or DB2 z/OS release IBM rightly continues to develop and improve the features and capabilities. At Triton we have found that many of our customers are finding it increasingly difficult to remain up to date with best practices and ensure that they are fully exploiting the many benefits that each new DB2 release can offer.

Triton’s DB2 Health Check aims to address this by providing a comprehensive, structured review of the customer’s DB2 environment.

What does the health check cover?

One of our DB2 experts will spend the day getting “under the covers” of your DB2 systems to look at the following:

 

  • Database server capacity
  • Database software
  • Instance & database configuration
  • Housekeeping
  • Back-up and recovery
  • Data placement
  • Performance monitoring
  • Logging configuration
  • Bufferpool configuration

 

We will investigate any specific DB2-related issues or concerns you may have, and recommend an appropriate course of action to resolve them. You will then receive a summary of findings outlining any areas for improvement with expected benefits and estimates of the associated effort involved.

A health check from Triton is a cost effective way of quickly identifying any issues and ensure that a customer’s environment remains in good health.

Contact us to book your DB2 health check today!

 

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IDUG EMEA 2017 – Call for presentations deadline approaching

Are you attending this year’s IDUG EMEA Technical Conference?  There’s still time to submit a presentation abstract. The deadline date for abstract entries is  24th April 2017, so just under a week away. Share your DB2 experiences with fellow members of the DB2 Community.

The Conference Planning Committee is looking for presentations on a range of DB2 related topics including:

  • New DB2 releases: migrating and effective usage
  • Analytics & Business Intelligence
  • New Technologies: Mobile Applications, Cloud, xAAS, …
  • Performance, Availability & Security
  • Application Development and Data Modelling
  • DB2 and Packaged Applications (ERP, …)
  • User Experiences and Best-Practices: what did you achieve with DB2?

This year’s conference takes place on 1st– 5th October in Lisbon, Portugal and includes:

  • Five days of education sessions
  • Half and full-day workshops
  • More than 100 one-hour technical sessions
  • Three expert panels on z/OS, LUW & Application Development

And much more!

The International DB2 User Group (IDUG) is an independent organisation providing educational events, technical resources and peer-driven product training to its members.  IDUG is all about community, with unique access to fellow users, product developers and solution providers, IDUG offers an expansive, dynamic technical support community for DB2 users across the world.

 

For more information on the IDUG EMEA technical conference visit http://www.idug.org/emea2017

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IDUG Educational Events for your Diary

If you haven’t done so already, there’s still time to register for two IDUG events taking place in North America this year.

Firstly, the IDUG Technical Conference in Anaheim, California takes place on April 30th – May 4th 2017.

Spotlights include:

DB2 12 and Beyond – with guest speakers Kevin Foster, DB2 for z/OS Development Director, John Campbell, Distinguished Engineer and Chris Crone, DB2 Distinguished Engineer.

DB2 LUW Trends and Directions – Guest speakers from the DB2 LUW product management team include Matthias Funke, Director DB2, Peter Bradford, DB2 Offering Manager and Daniel Hernandez, VP Offering Management.

Register here

Secondly, the IDUG Data Tech Summit will take place from April 30th to May 4th 2017. The event is designed with data architects and data scientists in mind and offers a deep dive into emerging data technologies and trends, such as:

Big Data and analytics in a cognitive era

  • Machine learning with Spark
  • Performance enterprise architectures for analytic design patterns
  • R as a weapon of choice for data science

Find out more

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Tick Tock, time is running out – what’s your upgrade plan?

Is your organisation currently running DB2 LUW versions 9.7 or 10.1? From 30th September, 2017 both versions will cease to be supported by IBM, that’s less than 6 months away. Now is the time to start focusing on your upgrade plans!

An average upgrade cycle can take up to 12 months which means that anyone still in the planning stages or perhaps pre-planning really have an extremely tight window of opportunity to complete the upgrade.

In a recent DB2Night Show poll, our partners’ DBI Software, analysed which DB2 versions its viewers were using. A startling 43% were on 10.1, v9.7 or earlier.

Recognising that some organisations are still running older DB2 versions, IBM has made the upgrade to DB2 11.1 easier. You can now directly upgrade from DB2 9.7 to DB2 11.1 without the need to upgrade to DB2 10.5 first. That makes the upgrade much faster which means you can start benefitting from a whole host of features that come with the latest version sooner. Find out more on DB2 11.1 features in our webcast series or recent blog.

We understand that upgrading to new software versions can be a daunting prospect. Our specialist DB2 skills mean that we can assist with any DB2 upgrade. Consultancy on Demand from Triton is a specially designed service to enable organisations like yours to access top DB2 talent when you need it without having to take out a support contract.

 

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DBA’s Holiday Checklist – DB2 cover

We’re so over winter….bring on spring! We all look forward to the lighter, brighter evenings and warm spring sunshine and not forgetting the all-important time off work, but what if your organisation has just one or two DBAs? Managing holiday cover can be difficult and stressful. We all know how vital it is that our business critical databases are kept running and we’re able to give customers the high levels of support they depend on.  However, this can be a challenge when DBAs are in short supply, particularly so if your DBA team is small and provides 24/7 cover.

Sound familiar? If your organisation requires extra IT skills quickly to cover leave then you are not alone. This is one of the most common resourcing challenges that we see our customers facing on a day-to-day basis. That’s one of the reasons why we introduced our Consultancy on Demand service, to enable customers to gain access to skilled DBAs at short notice when they need that little bit of extra support.

With a Consultancy on Demand contract you can purchase a block of hours and allocate them to be used throughout the year. Our specially designed, highly flexible service enables organisations to access top DB2 talent when needed without having to take out a support contract. Simply purchase a block of 20, 50 or 100 hours which can be used over a 12 month period for any type of DB2 related work including adhoc support, consultancy, project work or training.  Gaining access to DB2 support and giving your DBA a well-earned holiday couldn’t be easier!

To find out more call +44 (0) 870 2411 550, visit our website or see what our customers have to say.

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DB2 12 for z/OS – The In-Memory Enterprise Database for Transactions and Analytics

IBM have just released their latest white paper on DB2 12.  This white paper was authored by our very own Julian Stuhler and provides a high-level overview of the major new features of IBM DB2 12 for z/OS from an IT Executive’s perspective, with the emphasis on the underlying business value that the new release can deliver.

Download now

DB2 12 for z/OS delivers a number of significant business benefits, many of which are exploitable “out-of-the-box” with little or no database, application or system changes.

– CPU Reductions

– Scalability Improvements

– Productivity Enhancements

– Improving time-to-value

Customers can expect to see net DB2 CPU savings of up to 8% in their traditional OLTP workloads when compared to DB2 11, and up to 2x or more for modern analytic workloads.

Download the white paper to find out more

 

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IDUG EMEA 2016 Roundup

The Triton team has (just about) recovered from the trip to Brussels and are finally getting their voices back after singing far more songs than they ever imagined they would at any event, let alone an IDUG Technical Conference. Not only did the Geeks have an impromptu karaoke session at the Triton party, they also rounded up the week with another singalong at the fabulous IBM party on Wednesday evening, which included a memorable rock ‘n’ roll band that no one can actually remember the name of!

It’s been said a few times already but one of the things that won’t be forgotten about this year’s conference is the technical content. This year’s technical grid was considered one of the best, so well done to all the IDUG committee members for providing such a great educational programme. Big congratulations to Triton’s Head of Midrange and Managed Services, Iqbal Goralwalla. Iqbal was this year’s IDUG Conference Chairperson and was kept extremely busy during the conference and leading up to the event. As you can see Iqbal took great pleasure in officially opening the event.

 

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Iqbal Goralwalla officially opening the conference

 

Well done also to Triton Director Julian Stuhler who was awarded the Top DB2 Consultant 2016 by IBM at their event this year.  Julian received the award due to his contributions to the DB2 12 for z/OS launch which included leading the IDUG white paper team, writing a business value white paper, and participating in the launch webcast.

We don’t mind saying that we think this year’s Triton party was a huge success, so well done us! As always we like to share a few memories of the night with all those that attended and others within DB2 community who were unable to attend.

 

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Congratulations to Dragica Smintic from Zagreb, our competition winner

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Why not take a look at next year’s conference and consider submitting an abstract and become more involved in the DB2 Community by sharing your experiences. The call for presentations is open already!

We hope to see you all again next year!

 

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Let Triton add some DB2 Magic to your Christmas holidays

It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year.  Or something.  Whatever your thoughts on Christmas, whether you’re a fairy lights over your laptop or more of a Grinch who stole Christmas kind of techie there is no escape from the inevitable holiday silly season.  Providing adequate cover for your DB2 databases over holiday seasons can be difficult.  For DBAs who don’t work in the AVIVAs and Lloyds of this world (who have large teams to support their databases) holiday season can be a lonely and stressful time.  In organisations with just one or two DBAs, managing holiday cover can be very difficult. 

 How about a RemoteDBA service? “We have our own DBA and they’re great, we don’t need a support contract” we hear you cry.  Well we’re glad to hear that your DBA is doing a great job but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in a day. 

Christmas is supposed to be full of magic right? Well, did you know that Triton are not only DB2 experts but we’re magicians too……We can actually give your DBA more hours in their day!  Sort of. 

RemoteDBA can easily work alongside existing DBAs to help provide support out of hours and during busy periods.  One of our existing customers, Vision Express, has an in house DBA.  However, that person also has responsibility for many other areas.  You can read the case study here to find out more.

 “Triton continues to provide an excellent level of support and guidance” Phil Wainman, Head of Database Intelligence, Vision Express – Read more

Find out more about how you can use Triton’s RemoteDBA service to have yourself a merry little Christmas and very productive New Year!

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IDUG EMEA 2016 – Day 3

Visiting an IDUG location in a centre of cultural significance is always an eye-opener, so I took to the rainy streets of Brussels on arrival, to check out the ambience. After a wander round the Grotemarkt, I grabbed a snack at a street stall. I say snack; this is not for the faint-hearted. Known hereabouts as a Mitraillette (literally ‘sub-machine gun’, although heavy artillery would be more accurate) it is half a loaf, slit length-wise, with some meat of dubious provenance, a pound and a half of chips, onions, mustard and whatever else is in reach at the time, wedged together into a carbohydrate bomb.

This washed down with a few ferocious Belgian Ales including one, I kid you not, called Kwak and I felt as if I never needed to eat again.

However, the technical culture on offer at IDUG, whilst similarly heavy-duty, was a lot more digestible. I represent the more sprightly LUW side of things DB2 at Triton, so the new V11.1 release was what piqued my interest.

We had a great Technical Overview of the product and its benefits from Matt Huras and some in-depth examination of specific features: David Kalmuk on the new MPP Scale out for BLU acceleration and Phillip Nelson’s attempt (successful, I should add) to placate the Luddites, myself amongst them, decrying the replacement of our beloved db2top with the new interloper dsmtop.

Melanie Stopfer explained how to go through the upgrade to V11.1 without shooting yourself in the foot, and crammed 160 slides into 60 minutes despite her projector quietly dying through the course of her presentation. And John Hornibrook showed us in detail what the V11 changes are doing under-the-covers, as far as the Optimizer and your access plans go and this was elaborated on by Matthias Nicola who gave us the headline performance benefits in V11; the things our customers are going to be asking us about in the near future.

It’s this level of detail that makes IDUG for me. As Melanie put it this morning “if you only come away from a session with one fact that you didn’t have before, you are going home after the week at IDUG with 20 or so of them”. Each session has provided far more than just one such nugget for me.

So, after a few more sessions tomorrow, I will be dragging my weary carcass back to the UK where I will be spending the next few weeks processing the material I’ve acquired in Brussels. And, No, I’m not talking about snacks named after weapons.

 

 

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