Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Making what you have work better: IBM DB2 for i SQL Performance Monitoring, Analysis and Tuning Workshop, IBM South Bank, 14-16 November 2017: not to be missed!

Mike Cain, of the IBM Labs, Rochester, Minnesota, a long term good friend of i-Community, will be coming to IBM South Bank on the 14th, 15th and 16th November to run his fabulous “IBM DB2 for i SQL Performance Monitoring, Analysis and Tuning Workshop”.

This workshop will ensure that those staff using SQL will understand the impact of doing it right and wrong and understand the best practice methodology for using SQL and the supporting tools to write efficient and performant code.

I attended this course myself in 2009 and cannot praise it too highly.

The agenda includes:
·       Introduction to DB2 for i Query Optimizer and Database Engine
·       Database engine methods for data access and data processing
·       Indexing and Statistics strategies
·       SQL application design and programming best practices
·       Behaviour of static SQL and dynamic SQL
·       Best practices for popular SQL interfaces, such as CLI, ODBC and JDBC
·       Parallel database processing - DB2 Symmetric Multiprocessor (SMP)
·       State of the art tools, including System i Navigator Performance Centre

If you are interested, drop me an email at mandy.shaw@iperimeter.co.uk and I will put you in touch with the course organisers.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Still here and still busy!

Apologies for yet another big gap in posting. Again both work and domestic matters have got in the way, but I am looking forward to a less manic period when some of the blog posts I have in my head might make it here.

Sorry not to have followed up on the 'auction' post promised last time but I decided it might not be a public domain matter.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Quick update July 2015 to July 2016

Apologies for the complete silence - since my last post I have been busier than I ever remember.

Highlights of the last year (well, highlights in retrospect, in some cases):

  • Fantastic trip to Brisbane (son's wedding), Sydney, and San Francisco last July (re wonderful SF public transport system with spot on approach to customer service, see right)
  • Yet another excellent i-Community Rochester trip, September
  • Successful go-live of POWER 8/IBM i V7R2/Flash storage at one of my insurance customers, November
  • Magna Carta 800th anniversary concert, November
  • Go-live of new Coordinate My Care system, also in November, after an 18-month procurement process and an 8-month implementation project (shouldn't it be the other way round?, I hear you say)
  • Demonstration of CMC 2-way interoperability proof of concept at eHealth Week at Olympia, April 2016
  • The Bath unexploded bomb (left under future school playground by Baedeker raids in 1942)

Next blog post will cover something rather alarming (broadly IT related) that my husband encountered when endeavouring to bid at an auction.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Calling PASE functionality from ILE #ibmi

I have recently carried out a proof of concept in this area - see this link for details and example ILE and PASE (AIX) source code. Any questions, drop me a note via my website.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Unmissable course coming up! IBM DB2 FOR I SQL PERFORMANCE MONITORING AND TUNING WORKSHOP starting 24th September in London

If you have anything whatever to do with DB2 for i and you haven't previously attended this fantastic course, can I encourage you to consider attending? I did so myself in 2009 and have benefited greatly ever since.

Here's some more information:


This class will be taught by Jim Denton who is an experienced and highly skilled specialist from the IBM DB2 for i Centre of Excellence based in Rochester, US. Jim is one of the original authors of the SQL Performance Workshop and has been delivering this course, around the world since 2003.

Learn the information, tools and strategies for monitoring, analyzing and tuning IBM DB2 for i Structured Query Language (SQL). Explore the science and art behind the DB2 for i query optimizer and database engine, including database performance and scalability. Discuss performance issues affecting database design and data-centric applications. Get hands on experience with database performance parameters and options, as well as the various tools that assist in performance monitoring, analysis and tuning. Knowledge and skill gained by attending this course are considered critical success factors when building and deploying SQL based solutions.

More details:

Duration: 3 days
RRP: £1,700.00 per person (exc.VAT)
Date: 24th September 2013
Location: Arrow ECS London Office, Entrance 2, Fourth Floor, The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LN

Saturday, 7 September 2013

i-Community Trip to IBM Rochester: Fantastic Agenda

Looking forward to setting off for what promises to be a superb event as always.

Wednesday 11 September, Executive Briefing Center
08:45     Continental Breakfast
09:00     Welcome and Introductions, John Rathke, World Wide Briefing Project Manager
09:15     IBM i Update and Directions, Steve Will, Chief Architect, IBM i
10:15     Break
10:30     DB2 for IBM i Discussion, Mike Cain, Team Leader DB2 for i Center of Excellence
11:45     Luncheon
12:45     PowerVM, Kris Whitney, Power Virtual I/O, SAN, Comm Development
13:45     PowerHA, Steve Finnes, Power Systems HA Product Offering Manager
14:45     Break
14:55     IBM i Storage Solutions, Nick Harris, SWG CPO, Storage Team Lead
15:55     Break
16:05     POWER Systems Update and Directions, Mark Olsen, Power System WW Product Management

Thursday 12 September, Executive Briefing Center
08:45     Continental Breakfast
09:00     IBM Director for IBM i, Tim Rowe, Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i
10:00     Break
10:15     Application Development Directions, Tim Rowe
11:30     Luncheon
12:30     Energy Management, Brad L. Brech, IBM Distinguished Engineer, STG Strategy Team and Architecture Board
13:30     Security – TKLM, Key Manager
14:30     Break
14:45     Performance Tuning – Awareness of iDoctor

Friday 13 September, Executive Briefing Center
08:45     Continental Breakfast
09:00     i25 and Lab Services Responsibilities, Ian Jarman, Apollo Category Marketing
09:45     BRMS – Backup and Recovery, Parallel Saves, Encrypted Backups, David R. Bhaskaran, BRMS Development
11:00     Electronic Support, Paula R. Fulton, Business Analyst, Electronic Support Transformation
12:00     Luncheon
12:45     Fix Support, Paula R. Fulton

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Music of a Killer Prince: Chandos Singers of Bath, Saturday 6th July

Music of a Killer Prince
A concert marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the great Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo

The Chandos Singers, conducted by Malcolm Hill, are one of Bath’s leading chamber choirs.

The concert will begin with a celebration of the 850th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of Notre Dame Cathedral. The Notre Dame School produced the first multi-part sacred works to be known internationally, thereby having a significant influence on the development of Western music.

Carlo Gesualdo (1560-1613), Prince of Venosa, is known for two things: the fact that in 1590 he murdered his wife, and the passionately expressive and extraordinarily innovative choral music on which he worked for the rest of his life. Many have suggested that the two are linked. The Chandos Singers will be performing some of the most beautiful of his sacred works: Deus refugium, Reminiscere miserationum, Ave, dulcissima Maria, Gaudeamus omnes, Peccantem me, and Ave sanctissima.

The choir will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by singing a selection from A Garland for the Queen, commissioned from British composers by the Arts Council for performance on the eve of the Coronation. The Chandos Singers have chosen to perform the works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi, Edmund Rubbra, and John Ireland.

The programme is completed by a dramatic setting from the contemporary Finnish composer and linguist Jaakko Mäntyjärvi of Double, double, toil and trouble from Macbeth.

The concert will be held in the serene surroundings of the Magdalen Chapel on Holloway, Bath. A chapel is known to have existed on this site in the 11th century, and a leper hospital was built close by in the 12th. Both were under the care of the Abbey monks. The current building is 15th century. Despite severe bomb damage in 1942, it remains an active centre of worship.

Interval refreshments can be enjoyed in the Chapel garden, which has spectacular views over Bath.

Saturday 6th July 2013, 7.30pm
The Magdalen Chapel, Holloway, Bath BA2 4PX

Tickets: £12, students £6
Bath Box Office: 01225 463362 | boxoffice@bathfestivals.org.uk

Online bookings

Further details
Mandy Shaw 01225 436302 | mandy.shaw@iperimeter.co.uk

Chandos Singers
Magdalen Chapel