Announcing Db2 for z/OS Virtual Master Class dates for 2021

Db2 for z/OS Development is again offering a week-long virtual Db2 for z/OS Master Class,led by Distinguished Engineer,John Campbell, for experienced Db2 for z/OS System Engineers and Database Administrators. This is a fee based class costing US$2500 per person.

During this class, John will discuss the most common issues related to continuous availability and speed of recovery in Db2 for z/OS environments, and will share proven best practices to exploit the full power of Db2 for z/OS and IBM Z mainframes. He will also provide a deep dive on how to monitor and tune Db2 for z/OS system and transaction performance using Db2 Statistics and Accounting traces. For more details about the agenda of the class, please refer to the Curriculum section below.

This is a CLIENT-ONLY course and client participation is BY INVITATION only.

Clients who take part in this virtual online Master Class will benefit from:

  • Small virtual class size - for a more intimate learning experience
  • Virtual interactions with the Db2 for z/OS Development SWAT team- opportunity to partner with SWAT team members for personal mentoring
  • Networking- opportunity to build lasting relationships with other clients who understand the power of Db2 for z/OS

There will only be two offerings of the Db2 for z/OS Master Class in 2021.

If you are a client who is interested in participating in this class, please fill in and submit the application form.

Alternatively, if you are an IBMer and you have a client who is interested in signing up for the class, you can fill in and submit the application form on their behalf (one form per company).

Online Course Dates

  • Monday, June 21, 2021, (9 am) to Friday, June 25, 2021, (2:30 pm) GMT
  • Monday, September 27, 2021, (8:30 am) to Friday, October 1, 2021 (2:30 pm) EST

Application Submission Deadline

Applications for the online class will be reviewed and acceptance notices will be emailed. A registration link with payment instructions will be included in the invitation. If you have any questions, please contact Dorothy Lin (

Last day to submit an application and register is two weeks prior to class start.

Meeting Link

Online class details and links will be emailed a week prior to class start.


Client participants must have at least 1 of the following (or equivalent experience level):

  • IBM Certified System Administrator - Db2 for z/OS
  • IBM Certified Database Administrator - Db2 for z/OS


  • $2,500 USD per client participant
  • A registration link with payment instructions will be included in the invitation.

Application Form

Click here to submit the application: Db2 for z/OS Master Class Application Form


Module I - Continuous Availability

  • Continuous availability vs. Fast failover
  • Coupling Facility structure duplexing
  • Automated restart
  • Multiple Db2 data sharing groups
  • Multi-site data sharing group and extended distance
  • Preventative software maintenance
  • Application considerations

Module II - Special Considerations for WLM, CICS and DDF

  • WLM policy
  • CICS/Db2 interface
  • Distributed access to Db2 for z/OS

Module III - Speed of Recovery

  • Disaster Recovery
  • Db2 log-based recovery

Module IV - System Performance Monitoring and Optimization using the Db2 Statistics Traces

  • Data collection
  • Db2 system address space CPU time
  • EDM pools
  • Dataset
  • open/close
  • Log activity
  • Lock/latch
  • Memory management
  • Buffer pools
  • Data sharing performance
  • RDS sort
  • DDF activity
  • Miscellaneous

Module V - Understanding Db2 for z/OS Accounting Information

  • Data collection
  • Where is a Db2 transaction spending its time?
  • Most common reasons for large suspension times
  • Additional accounting info

Instructor Profiles

John Campbell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer reporting to the Vice President of zAnalytics Development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab and is the technical leader of the world wide Db2 for z/OS Development SWAT Team. He has extensive experience of Db2 for z/OS in terms of systems, database, and applications design. He specializes in design for high performance and data sharing. He is one of IBM's foremost authorities for implementing high end database / transaction processing applications.

Michal Bialecki is a member of the DB2 z/OS Development SWAT team where he supports and advocates for customers across various industries and geographies. Prior to joining IBM, Michal worked for four years as a system / application DBA for a Social Security government customer in Poland where he assisted other customers with DB2 z/OS. For the last 15 years, Michal worked for the Db2 for z/OS organization in support & development at IBM Silicon Valley Lab (SVL). He is a former speaker at IDUG EMEA conference - Berlin 2012/ Barcelona 2013 / Dublin 2015 / Insight 2015 / Lisbona 2017/ Malta 2018/ Rotterdamm 2019 and also a few DB2 user run events (csDUG, GSEfr) and webcasts. Michal is an IBM SVL representative and frequent speaker at Poland DB2 User Group.

Adrian Burke is an Open Group Master Certified IT Specialist and member of the Db2 for z/OS Development SWAT team. In this role as a technical advocate for Db2 for z/OS, Adrian conducts consulting and educational workshops, Db2 health checks, and availability studies for Db2 for z/OS customers. In his previous role as a Db2 Advisor in the Western U.S. Adrian supported numerous Db2 for z/OS customers from a technical sales perspective, delivering migration and performance workshops as well as consulting and education. He has spoken at numerous regional user group meetings as well as IDUG in the past few years. He is also the author of an IBM Redbook dealing with Db2 system and application performance.

Anthony Ciabattoni has over 25 years of professional Db2 for z/OS experience with expertise in high available 24/7 high transaction rate data sharing environments. He has a strong knowledge base in Db2 data sharing, Db2 system performance as well as high available systems. His experience covers DBA experience, Db2 system experience and experience in architecting a well tuned Db2 environment. Prior to joining the Db2 for z/OS Development SWAT team, Anthony was a Db2 Technical Advisor in the Db2 Tools Development lab and a Db2 Information Champion. He also spent many years as a high-end customer participating in the Db2 engine Customer Advisory Council. 

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