2018 New Year’s Resolutions – Let’s Get Started!

As always the holidays are over too soon. Here at The Fillmore Group we are back to work, starting the year with the usual goal setting and head scratching. Three initiatives we worked on in 2017 showed a great deal of promise but never seemed to quite gain the traction we had hoped for. So, unlike in prior years when I would start with a blank page, I am committing myself to pushing these three harder in 2018, as all three offer terrific options to maximize the value of an organization’s data assets. These are:

Oracle to Db2 database migrations.Last year IBM offered discounted Db2 licenses to current Oracle customers – and when I say “discounted” I mean practically gave them away. Frank Fillmore and I delivered several competitive migration presentations and got lots of positive feedback from Oracle customers. Still, we didn’t see a lot of Db2 adoption from these folks and I’m sorry – for them and us. This is a head-scratcher, because I’m not sure where we are getting snagged, but we need to figure it out in 2018.

IDAA/IIAS/HTAP vs. “edge systems”. Admittedly 2017 was a bit of a transition year for the IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator (aka the IDAA) as IBM completely revamped the design, replacing the Netezza-bolted-to-a-mainframe with 2 Db2 BLU Acceleration-based options to deliver the Hybrid Transaction Analytic Processing (HTAP) capability. Meanwhile in 2017 analysts were predicting that edge systems are the future – sounding frighteningly like they did in the late 1990’s when the standalone data warehouse was the next big thing. It makes absolutely no sense to me to build out a completely new system, particularly on the periphery of an organization’s most secure system, to perform analytics when IBM has clearly demonstrated you can leave the data in place and perform both your OLTP and analytic processing in tandem. We need to continue to educate customers to ensure they understand the overall value – reducing complexity, reducing cost, and keeping data secure. The new BLU-based version has a new name: IBM Integrated Analytics System – IIAS.

Supporting the Db2 eco-system. This is such a no-brainer but one that needs constant attention, effort and input to maintain. IBM formal classroom education offerings are minimal. Conferences – IBM and IDUG – are changing and it’s difficult to determine which is most appropriate to attend. Users groups (including the Balto/Washington Db2 Users Group) are struggling to provide our users with unbiased product information, education and resources. We aren’t giving up and hope the greater Db2 community continues to work to stay active and involved within the community and within our individual organizations. If we want to stay relevant we need to stay involved.

Happy 2018! Off to work!

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