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Business transformation and agility are critical in today’s fast moving world. Clients demand insights faster, more often, and with greater accuracy based on up-to-the-second transactional data that is frequently housed in mainframe systems. The dependency on technology and the rate at which information is created and consumed continues growing exponentially. Applications have to rapidly adapt to take account of the dynamic digital business models and environments. All this drives the need for flexible IT infrastructures that are built on a rock solid foundation to deliver consistent dependability, performance, and security in the face of rapid change.

Our z Systems portfolio is a perfect match for delivering on these needs. It is well recognized that mainframe hardware and software technology deliver unmatched levels of quality, reliability, security, and scalability. On top of this, z/OS clients have historically moved their systems forward conservatively, which has further helped to build the mainframe’s reputation for rock solid stability, essential for the most demanding business-critical workloads. A corollary is that the mainframe is often perceived as a stagnant platform that cannot move quickly, and cannot support the agile or DevOps needs of modern applications. Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth.  However, challenges do remain.

DB2 for z/OS, the mainframe’s flagship relational database product, is changing to a continuous delivery (CD) model to help further address these challenges. With CD, DB2 will deliver new features to the market faster, and in increments that will be much easier for customers to consume. Let’s take a closer look.

DB2 12 for z/OS is the latest release of DB2 and is currently in “beta” testing, or ESP (Early Support Program) testing as we call it. DB2 12 will deliver many new features for mobile, cloud, and analytics applications, while also bringing many new innovations to market to improve performance, availability, and security.

DB2 new versions have followed a historical pattern of about every three years or so, and our customers have grown comfortable with this cadence over the years. However, upgrading to a new DB2 release can be a major effort for customers. In the past, we have introduced innovations such as online rolling version upgrades (for data sharing), and APPLCOMPAT. These features allow IT groups to upgrade in a more streamlined way without having to take outages or involve application groups. But, nonetheless, a DB2 version upgrade can still be a cumbersome project. As a result of this, coupled with the conservative nature of mainframe environments, some customers don’t implement new DB2 versions until several years after GA of the product. With our traditional three-year delivery cycle, along with the version upgrade delays, it can be five to six years or more between the time that we complete the development of a new feature until the point at which that feature actually becomes available on a live system. In today’s fast changing world, this is no longer sufficient.

With CD, we will deliver new features continuously, as they become ready, on future DB2 releases. This will allow application developers and DBAs to access important new features more quickly without having to wait five to six years or more for the next DB2 version.

How will this be done so that it’s consumable and non-disruptive for customer environments?  Our approach to CD must meet or exceed the quality and stability requirements that the z Systems customer base demands, while making the delivery of new features consumable. Customers will receive defect fixes and new features in the same stream. They will be able to apply their DB2 maintenance upgrades just like they always have, including the ability to roll in maintenance upgrades across their data sharing groups while keeping the databases continuously available. In fact, this should become much easier because there will be fewer APARs with ++HOLD actions caused by toleration APARs (the new “function level” concept will ensure that necessary maintenance is applied across the DB2 group, therefore removing the need for many of these existing ++HOLD actions).

What is different is that the new maintenance will contain new features that are initially dormant. The customer can choose when to activate the new features via a new system activation command. APPLCOMPAT controls will be provided to ensure that applications remain stable and to allow for controlled exposure to the newly activated features. We will provide easy to access documentation on which new features are included in which function levels. We will work closely with ISVs to ensure that upcoming features are effectively communicated ahead of time so that the overall DB2 ecosystem remains stable as DB2 changes are incorporated.

We see the road ahead for DB2 for z/OS as being an exciting and rewarding journey for both IBM and its customers. Agile, quality-focused development will allow us to continuously deliver robust production-ready features to DB2 users much more rapidly than we could in the past; therefore, enhancing the vitality of the DB2 product and greatly easing the task of DB2 upgrades for customers.

For more information register for our live webcast with Q &A which we will be hosting on 27th September 2016 at 11am EST, this webcast will be available on replay http://ow.ly/L7NY302opNC

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A few days after my whitepaper for DB2 Adapter for z/OS Connect Part 1 was online, I have people asking me for Part 2

Eventually, Part 2: Build a DB2 for z/OS mobile application using DB2 Adapter for z/OS Connect, Part 2: Consume a DB2 Adapter service is online
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/library/techarticle/dm-1602-db2-zos-mobile-application-db2-adapter-part2-trs/index.html

In Part 2, we discuss how to consume the DB2 Adapter service using RESTful url  we created in Part 1.

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Applications focused around mobile devices are becoming increasingly important in large enterprises. RESTful APIs pay an important role in this area. From the following whitepaper, learn how you can expose DB2 functionality through RESTful APIs that are fully integrated in the DB2 distributed data facility (DDF) and how you can consume a DB2 REST service to build a DB2 for z/OS mobile application using IBM MobileFirst.

Build a DB2 for z/OS Mobile Application using DB2 REST service, Part 1: Expose DB2 functionality using DB2 REST service
http://ibm.co/2fA9wcU


Build a DB2 for z/OS Mobile Application using DB2 REST service, Part 2: Consume a DB2 REST service
http://ibm.co/2fAd0MQ

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We have decided to extend the Early Bird Registration up to and including 10th October. This means you will be able to take advantage of the low rate for a little bit longer.

Register by October 10th. Save an additional €225 using EARLYEMEA discount code.

http://www.idug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=926

 

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The IDUG Mentor Program gives IDUG members the opportunity to pass

on the valuable skills they have learned over the years to fellow DB2 professionals.

If you wish to motivate a brand new IDUG attendee and apply for 60% Mentor

discount coupon, you must fall in to one of the following categories:

   - Loyal IDUG attendees (attended 3 major IDUG conferences in the past)
   - IBM Champions (https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/champion/ )
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Visit http://www.idug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=862 ; to learn more!

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IBM DB2 for z/OS in the age of cloud computing

IBM DB2 for z/OS in the age  Of cloud computing

Reliability, availability, security and mobility

 

 

Highlights

• Highly virtualized server that supports mixed workloads

• Self-serving capabilities in private, membership or hybrid cloud environments

• Divisional support of responsibilities

• Customized implementations to suit your business

• Platform foundation services for cloud use cases

 

Download this paper and learn:-

What is cloud computing, and what is driving this market trend?

 

What is data as a service, and what are the drivers?

 

Why DB2 for z/OS?

 

Click here to download full paper – over 700 downloads of this top preforming asset. http://ibm.biz/BdXCZ6

Direct Link to whitepaper without registration DB2%20for%20zOS%20Age%20of%20the%20Cloud%20IMW14820USEN.pdf

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At a Glance #DB2z  Learn More  http://ow.ly/T4BF9

IBM will make DB2 12 for z/OS available to a select group of clients in a closed Early
Support Program (ESP) on March 4, 2016.


The demands of the mobile economy combined with the explosive growth of data present unique opportunities and challenges for companies wanting to take advantage of their mission-critical resources.

Built on the proven availability,security, and scalability of DB2 11 for z/OS and the IBM z Systems TM platform, DB2 12 gives you the capabilities needed to meet the demands of mobile workloads
and increased mission-critical data. It delivers world-class analytics and online transaction processing (OLTP) performance.


DB2 for z/OS delivers innovations in these key areas:

  • Scalable, low-cost, enterprise OLTP and analytics
  • Easy access, easy scale, and easy application development for the mobile
    enterprise
  • In-memory performance improvements
  • Easy access to your enterprise systems of record


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