Troy Coleman

Troy L 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
  • Cloud's Future on the Mainframe

    In last week's IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS V6.1 announcement summary, I mentioned that I'd get to the other piece of news, which is the introduction of IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator on Cloud V1.1.

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    Posted: November 15, 2016 |

    A Look at Analytics Accelerator for z/OS V6.1

    On Oct. 18, IBM announced the latest version of DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS as well as a new product, IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator on Cloud.

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    Posted: November 08, 2016 |

    DB2 12 Takes Inserts to the Millions Per Second

    When a high number of inserts arrive in a non-clustered way at the end of a table space or table space partition, it's known as a "journaling pattern." While I personally haven't worked on this type of application, Dan Luksetich of  DanL Database Consulting has, and he wrote this white paper about it.

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    Posted: November 01, 2016 |

    DB2 12 REORG To Support EasyTier

    Storage technology keeps improving, which is obviously a good thing. However, DBAs may not always be up to date on these changes and how they impact application performance. (In our defense, we DBAs have a lot on our plates!) I started writing about this two years ago, and followed up by asking the potentially contentious question, “Are REORGs Still Necessary?”

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    Posted: October 25, 2016 |

    DB2 12 for z/OS Tools: What's Improved

    Following up on last week's DB12 for z/OS announcement, I want to discuss the supporting tools, which include the DB2 utilities.

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    Posted: October 18, 2016 |

    Thoughts on DB2 12

    Last week IBM announced DB 12 for z/OS and its Oct. 21 general availability. Of course there's a lot to dissect -- and I'll certainly be getting into specifics of DB2 12 features in the weeks and months ahead -- but for now, here are some of my initial reactions.

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    Posted: October 11, 2016 |

    DB2 12 In-Memory Table Optimization

    Following up on last week's post on real memory and in-memory index optimization, here's a little more about the upcoming DB2 12. The new release will support in-memory tables that use in-memory contiguous buffer pools.

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    Posted: October 04, 2016 |

    DB2 12 In-Memory Index Optimization

    Last month I wrote about the trend of increasing the amount of real storage when configuring new mainframe systems. DB2 12 (which is set for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2016) features many new performance improvements that are designed to take advantage of available real storage. One of these enhancements is called In-Memory Index Optimization -- aka, index fast traversal blocks (FTBs).

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    Posted: September 27, 2016 |

    Open Source Tools and Languages for z/OS

    The application development landscape on the mainframe -- which for me is really z/OS -- continues to evolve. Now businesses that are moving to cloud and mobile applications use not only Java, but also Perl, PHP, Python, R and TCL. These open source languages are very powerful because they can facilitate certain types of processing through a minimal amount of coding.

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    Posted: September 20, 2016 |

    Become a Part of Generation z

    In my job with IBM, I spend a lot of time at customer sites. During these visits, I’m seeing an increasing number of young IT professionals who are just starting their careers on z/OS.

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    Posted: September 13, 2016 |

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