Kim May 
The Fillmore Group 


Thursday March 3, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST

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Woodberry Kitchen 
2010 Clipper Park Road, No. 126
Baltimore, MD 21211

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IBM z Systems (Mainframes!) for IT Architects and Data Scientists 

Fifty percent or more of a large enterprise's data - especially online transaction processing (OLTP) data that is the lifeblood of doing business - likely resides on IBM z Systems (aka mainframe) computers.  In many organizations, mainframes remain a black box outside the "glass house" data center.  Yet the rich transactional data they contain are crucial to predictive analytics such as fraud detection, and real-time data warehousing applications such as point-of-sale market basket analysis. 

If you are a mainframe systems programmer or database administrator the is *not* the session for you.  Rather it is intended for Architects and Data Scientists who *don't* have mainframe background, but have been tasked by lines-of-business to develop new competitive insights into customers, supply chains, insurance claims, financial transactions and a variety of other opportunities to turn an enterprise's OLTP data into Big Data.

What types of data are found on the mainframe? 

  • DB2 for z/OS (relational database)
  • IMS - Information Management System (hierarchical database)
  • VSAM - Virtual Storage Access Method (indexed file)

In this session we will explore the four key approaches to unlocking this data:

  • HTAP - Hybrid Transaction and Analytics Platform
  • Replication to heterogeneous data stores
  • Virtualization of heterogeneous data stores
  • ETL - Extract, Transform, Load

We will discuss how the approaches apply to the types of data in the context of application requirements such as Service Level Agreements (SLA's).

Join IBM Champion and DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore at award-winning Woodberry Kitchen for the presentation and lunch.