IBM's Information Management Strategy

IBM's Information Management Strategy

Where is IBM heading with its database, middleware, integration and other information management products ?

1 June 2006 (14-21)
Location: Sofitel Diegem (Diegem near Brussels (Belgium))
Presented in English by
Price: 480 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)

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 Learning Objectives

Why this seminar?

Information availability and quality is crucial for meeting key business challenges such as real-time decision support, regulatory compliance and governance, business productivity, customer relationship management, as well as building an agile and flexible organisation that can take advantage of new business strategies and opportunities. However, this business-critical information is in most large organisations spread over multiple applications on many different systems. Many of these companies are now transforming their IT architecture to become more customer-centric, process-based and service-oriented. Industry analyst Gartner advises companies to develop an enterprise information management (EIM) strategy as part of a service-oriented architecture (SOA), stating that your investment in SOA may be wasted if you don't have enterprise information that SOA can exploit.

Many companies are looking for information on how IBM's database (DB2, Informix, Cloudscape, IMS, Derby, ...) strategy, its WebSphere middleware strategy, its application development (Eclipse, WebSphere Studio) strategy, its multi-platform operating system and integration (Linux, z/OS, virtualisation, ...) strategy, and its applications (business intelligence, XML support, ERP, ...) strategy fit together. Hence, we have conceived a seminar that gives a complete overview of IBM's information management (IM) strategy, presented by Jan Henderyckx.

As an independent consultant, lecturer and author, Jan has more than nineteen years of experience with DB2, and he watches IBM's information management strategy very closely. As the founder of Brainware and IBM Gold Consultant, Jan has very close contact with the IBM Labs and has insight in the development plans and strategy of IBM. Jan will give you his independent opinion on the strategy of IBM's information management without avoiding the complex questions that might not be answered by IBM directly.

Who should attend this seminar ?

This seminar will be highly interesting for anyone:

  • Working with IBM products, want to see the bigger picture, planning upgrades, ...
  • Considering IBM products, and interested to see how these compare to those of its nearest competitors
  • Anyone interested in information management, virtualisation, grid computing, applications on demand, service-oriented architectures, ... Although these are not the main topic of this conference, they will be touched upon, as they are all key components of IBM's IM strategy

Questions answered in this seminar

At the end of this unique one-day seminar, participants will:

  • Understand IBM's data management strategy
  • Know the various integration solutions that are part of IBM's IM strategy
  • Have learned all about DB2
  • Get useful advice, tips and tricks for tackling complex DB2 environments
  • ...

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 Full Programme

Registration with Coffee/Tea and Croissants
An Overview of IBM's Information Management Strategy

Information and data management as a strategic asset

  • The convergence of data movement (ETL), application integration (EAI) and information integration (EII) solutions
  • The need for Master Data Management (MDM) and Customer Data Integration (CDI)
  • Data quality and "one version of the truth"
  • Real-time decision support and data warehousing 2.0

IBM's Response to Major Trends in IT Today

  • Applications and information on demand, grid computing, virtualisation
  • The growing importance of business processes and service-oriented architectures (SOA)
  • The need to integrate data from many different systems in various applications
  • IBM's Information Management stack
An Overview of IBM's DB2 Data Management Portfolio
  • DB2 Family: DB2 for z/OS, iSeries, Linux, Unix, Windows, ...: differences and similarities
  • DB2 Express: what and why ?
  • DB2 vs. other IBM databases (Informix, Cloudscape/Derby, IMS)
  • DB2 vs. non-IBM databases (Microsoft, Oracle, open source, ...)
  • IBM's Master Data Management (MDM) solutions
  • Working in mixed database environments
  • Migration and consolidation aspects: how easy is it to switch databases ?
  • ...
More Advanced Features of DB2
  • Business Intelligence features in SQL (rollup and cube) and via physical design (partitioning, compression, ...)
  • Features for availability and scalability
  • z/OS and data sharing
  • Logical unit of work (LUW) services: HADR, HACMP, Windows Cluster
  • Availability types: failover, clustering active-active nodes
  • Cross-platform support: stored procedures, embedded CLR for Windows, SQL reference for cross-platform support
  • The next-generation DB2 (Viper)
Application Development with IBM's Information Management Solutions
  • Development platform: Java or .NET ?
  • Development tools: Eclipse, WebSphere Studio, Visual Studio, ... ?
  • ...
An Overview of IBM's Information Integration Strategy
  • WebSphere Information Integration (WSII, also known as DB2 II or "Masala")
  • Solutions for data transformation, data movement, federation and metadata management
  • Data quality and data governance options
  • XML support: XML Extender, V9 XML datatype, XQuery support on LUW, DataPower, ...
  • DB2-SAP integration: Why is DB2 still SAP's platform of reference ?
  • Whatever happened to Crossworlds, Ascential, Bowstreet, DataPower, ... ?
End of this seminar


Jan Henderyckx (Envizion)

Jan Henderyckx is a highly rated consultant, speaker and author who has been active in the field of Information Management, Relational Database Management since 1986.

He has presented, moderated and taught workshops at many international conferences and User Group meetings worldwide. Janís experiences, combined with architecture and management expertise, have enabled him to help many organisations to optimise the business value of their information assets through setting up information governance, BI and MDM project, establishing information strategies, etc.

He is a Director of the Belgium and Luxembourg chapter of DAMA (Data Management Association) and runs the Belgian Information Governance Council.

He has published articles in many leading industry journals, and has been elected to the IDUG Speakers Hall of Fame, based upon numerous Best Speaker awards.

Jan can be followed on Twitter via JanHenderyckx.

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