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Meeting Information for May 2003

The next meeting of the LA Area DB2 User Group will be held on May 1st, 2003 at American Honda. The meeting room will open at 8:30am for coffee and refreshments with the first presentation beginning promptly 9:00. We encourage everyone to come early to this presentation as there will be a lot of information covered.

Attendees should come to Bldg. 100 which is the Administration Building  where Honda staff will have a flip chart/sign board  directing everyone to the correct location of the meeting.

Driving Directions: American Honda inc. is located at 1919 Torrance Blvd. in the city of Torrance, CA 90501-2746. The Main phone line there is (310) 783-2000.  Click here for directions and a map.


PRESENTER:  Sheryl Larsen

Sheryl Larsen is an internationally recognized researcher, consultant and lecturer, specializing in DB2 and is known for her extensive expertise in SQL. Sheryl has over 18 years experience in DB2, has published many articles,  several popular DB2 posters, and co-authored a book, DB2 Answers, published by Osborne-McGraw-Hill. She was voted Best Overall Speaker at the 1999 & 2001 IDUG conferences and the Executive Editor of the IDUG Solutions Journal magazine 1997-2000. Currently, she is President of the Midwest Database Users Group (M_DUG), a member of IBM’s  DB2 Gold Consultants program, and is President of Sheryl  M. Larsen, Inc.(www.smlsql.com), a firm specializing in Advanced SQL Consulting and Education.

PRESENTATIONS:  

Presentation #1

Title: DB2 Version 7 and Version 8 SQL Enhancements
Length: 75 – 90 minutes
Platform: OS/390 and z/OS

Abstract :
Companies now recognize that IT projects must deliver measurable value. Performance is measured by response time, throughput, peak response time, hits, and sessions per second. SQL skill directly impacts performance.

This presentation will start deep down in the DB2 Engine to reveal the four points of filtering and what predicates can be applied where. This intimate knowledge is the basis for the SQL Performance rules identified.

Numerous query examples will be presented to show how to create high performance DB2 for OS/390 applications highlighting the following Version 7 SQL enhancements: limited fetch, scrollable cursors, UNION everywhere, row expressions, self referencing updates with subqueries and many optimization improvements.

V8 SQL enhancements have recently been announced. This presentation will cover the current list, all 19 of them, at the depth of the documentation is available.


Presentation #2

Title: Optimizing DB2 Index Design
Length: 75 – 90 minutes
Platform: OS/390 and z/OS

Abstract:
Companies now recognize that IT projects must deliver measurable value. Performance is measured by response time, throughput, peak response time, hits, and sessions per second. An application that responds well when implemented is usually well accepted by the customer. Index design directly impacts performance, however, lack of staff and financial resources usually puts proactive index design on the bottom of the IT To-Do-List. When was that last time an index was altered/added without an associated performance problem?

Come on a journey to discover the impact of good index design and how to optimize it. DB2 Index Access Paths such as List Prefetch, NonMatching Index Scan, and all others, will be shown in animated detail. Current optimization improvements will be identified that justify rebinding many programs and packages. Leave the presentation with hints and tips for optimizing index design. Once proactive, the next concern will be where to shift the savings.


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