Troy Coleman

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  • The Future of Db2 Documentation: More PDFs, More Frequent Updates.
  • IBM Champions: Nomination Period Ends Soon
  • Planning for a Db2 for z/OS Upgrade: Application Testing
  • Contest Introduces Students to the Mainframe
  • Db2 12 Brings Enhanced Data Validation Capabilities to DSN1COPY
  • The Dangers of Moving DB2 Data Off of z Systems

    In last week's post about the DB2 12 for z/OS ESP, I explained how customers can benefit by keeping data in DB2 for z/OS while the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator provides ETL support and analytic processing. David Beulke and Brian Smith and Bob Potter expound on this topic in two interesting posts.

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    Posted: November 24, 2015 |

    IBM Launching DB2 12 for z/OS ESP

    It was exciting to attend the recent IBM Insight 2015 conference -- especially now that I'm an IBM employee. Last month I was hired as a DB2 advisor for z/OS, and in that role, I'll help DB2 for z/OS customers plan their migrations and educate them on new DB2 features and other technical aspects of the IBM database.

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    Posted: November 17, 2015 |

    DB2 11 Enhanced DB2 Restart

    Last week I wrote about the new group buffer pool CASTOUT processing DB2 11 performs to improve overall memory constraints. Now I'll explain how castout processing relates to restarting DB2 and tell you about the new castout parameter used in the –START DB2 LIGHT() command.

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    Posted: November 10, 2015 |

    Group Buffer Pool-Related Enhancements in DB2 11

    Several enhancements in DB2 11 are designed to ease and eliminate storage constraints on group buffer pools and to reduce elapse time processing in applications.

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    Posted: November 03, 2015 |

    Big Data's Impact on Enterprise Security

    With the growing demand to integrate DB2 for z/OS data with Hadoop and other systems used to perform business analytics, I was wondering what information and solutions are available from IBM to govern, audit and protect sensitive data.

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    Posted: October 27, 2015 |

    How DB2 11 Manages Ever-Increasing Amounts of Data

    While many customers have upgraded to DB2 11, not all of them are taking full advantage of features like the DB2 Analytics Accelerator. While I've written extensively about the accelerator and other new capabilities that help customers manage high volumes of data, for an in-depth look at these topics, check out this recently released IBM Redbook.

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    Posted: October 20, 2015 |

    Previewing the IBM Insight Conference

    I'm looking forward to the IBM Insight 2015 in Las Vegas Oct. 25-29. One thing that intrigues me about this conference is its variety of keynote sessions covering data management, advanced analytics, cloud computing, content management and more.

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    Posted: October 13, 2015 |

    An Intro to IBM Data Server Manager

    In March IBM announced IBM Data Server Manager. I find this product interesting because, in contrast to the Windows/Eclipse-based Data Studio, Data Server Manager is a browser-based tool for managing and optimizing the performance of IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows databases.

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    Posted: October 06, 2015 |

    Column Masking With Fewer Restrictions

    For at least as long as there's been a public Internet, there's been a need to mask sensitive personal data. Of course many different software solutions are available in the market today, including IBM's built-in column masking feature that was introduced with DB2 10 for z/OS.

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    Posted: September 29, 2015 |

    Using Autonomous Procedures

    DB2 11 introduced autonomous procedures, which give a called stored procedure the capability to COMMIT its work without committing the work in the calling program. Why would you need this? Let's consider one scenario where this feature would be useful.

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    Posted: September 22, 2015 |

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