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New England DB2 Users Group

September 26, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

The New England Db2 Users Group or NEDB2UG was formed in 1988 for the purpose of exchanging information among users of Db2.

The Group has attracted speakers of international stature on a wide range of topics related to the use of Db2. Many members have shared their experiences with the group in formal presentations, and during informal question and answer sessions which is a vital part of each meeting. NEDB2UG is a non-profit organization which meets 4 times each year, has an annual picnic and tools fair.

September meeting sponsored by: Compuware

Theme: “Operational perspectives and Db2 – DevOps and other things”


08:30  Continental Breakfast

09:00  Opening Remarks

09:15  Nine Steps to Agile Mainframe Ops Getting Maximum Long-term Value from Your Core Systems – Keith Sisson & David Seibert

10:30  Break with Refreshments

10:45  Modern Mainframe unit testing for DB2 based applications, minimizing the need for actual DB2 resources

12:00  Buffet Lunch

01:00  DB2’s Awkward Relationship with Batch – Kelly Vogt

02:15  Break with Refreshments

02:30  The Largest Software Project in History – Milan Babiak

03:45  Wrap Up – Discuss December presentations

04:00  Compuware Raffle prizes

Compuware Abstracts and Biographies: 

Keith Sisson

Keith Sisson is the Director of Customer Success and Technical Services at Compuware. His teams are responsible for providing technical support to both external and internal customers. His teams also support product manufacturing and delivery, and a wide range of software and services. He has over 30 years of experience in operations, tech services, application development, and has provided IT consulting services to a number of Fortune 500 companies. Keith is a two time winner of the ‘Best Session Award’ at Share and he holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Kelly Vogt

Kelly Vogt is a Compuware solution consultant with expertise in Compuware ThruPut Manager for automated batch processing as well as Compuware Strobe for application performance management and analysis. He recently retired from Humana Inc. where he managed an evolving batch strategy, improving batch services for his customers, while reducing operating costs and risks by fully automating batch processing. He has nearly 40 years of z/OS systems programming, performance tuning, capacity planning, operations and management experience.

David Seibert

David Seibert has 35 years as database administrator, developer, software architect and strategist, with specialized experience in database design, performance, and maintenance, as well as software product design. David also developed and taught technology courses, focused on programming languages and relational database. He is experienced with MS SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle,and DB2. David has exceptional communications skills; respected resource and mentor.

Nine Steps to Agile Mainframe Ops
Keith Sisson

Getting Maximum Long-term Value from Your Core Systems

The mainframe remains the most reliable, scalable, high-performance, secure and cost-efficient computing platform on the planet. That’s why large enterprises continue to run their core business applications and critical transaction processing systems on it. Almost every application/system is a combination of different technologies, from Mobile to Mainframe, how do companies decide what function runs where? Why are we limiting the mainframe to existing workloads and not fully capitalizing on the platform that best performs the function? This presentation presents some technical and managerial decision points, ideas, examples, and lessons learned from moving distributed functions to the mainframe, from on-prem distributed to Cloud SaaS, and including services from all technology to provide the best possible solutions!

The presentation focuses on the Ops side of DevOps journey and outlines steps for this essential migration, including information on technology we have built using Db2 & SQL to integrate, automate, and improve operational support functions.

DB2’s Awkward Relationship with Batch
Kelly Vogt

Batch permeates every facet of the z/OS environment – even DB2.
Rolling IPLs, maintenance windows, data sharing, application coding practices, performance… there are many ways DB2-related batch can get tripped up.
Let’s explore some ways better batch management can improve availability, reduce job failures and improve performance.


September 26, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566 United States
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(800) 733-1830

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