From Angry Birds to Coke: Top 5 Sessions at IBM Enterprise 2014

Since Global Knowledge became an IBM Global Training Provider and launched their IBM training practice last year, I’ve been to a total of 10 IBM shows (both hardware and software). It sounds like a huge number in such a short time, but it gets even crazier when you add in the fact that Enterprise 2014 will be the first show I’m attending as a full on alumna. Last year’s show was high energy and for the Global Knowledge team it was like returning to our hometown. We had a big presence and we even ran into some former VMware and Red Hat students, which is always awesome.

Since I’m a veteran and all, I’m trying to get better at planning ahead for the show. Check out the sessions I’ve highlighted as my must-sees:

  • Experiences of Coca Cola Using IBM DB2 and IBM Power Systems
    Chetan Chaturvedi, Andrew Juarez (Coca-Cola)
    Customer Testimonial


Learn how Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has been able to leverage IBM’s DB2 database versions on Power to improve its SAP ECC 6.0 system over time. These changes have led to both real performance and savings improvements. During the session, we review CCBCC’s past and present ECC 6.0 landscape to show how we have evolved the infrastructure and database software over time. Most of the session focuses on how we were able to reduce the database size, improve performance and save resources by upgrading to DB2 10.1/Power. The session concludes with a review of some early testing results with IBM’s newest version DB2 10.5 with BLU.

I’m also attending Insight 2014 the last week of October so I’m thinking it would be good to make October a month about Information Management!

  • NC State University Analyzes Unstructured Big Data to Deliver Greater Business Value
    Bob Friske, Michael Kowelenko (NC State)
    Customer Testimonial

North Carolina State University, one of the largest technical colleges in the Southeast, teaches students how to look at business problems, analyze them, and come to a decision-based understanding of where they’re going to go with a new business. Hear how NC State University uses the IBM Power Systems Linux platform to manage big data and IBM Content Analytic Studio on the cloud to develop a smarter computing environment that uses the appropriate technologies based on the questions they are trying to answer.

Can’t miss our neighbors from Raleigh!

  • IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) Demo
    Glen Corneau
    Hands-on Lab

See a demonstration of the capabilities of IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS). We create a basic GPFS cluster and file system, utilize GPFS replication for availability, dynamically modify an existing file system, and utilize the Information Lifecycle Management capabilities in GPFS for file placement and migration.

Heard a lot of intriguing things about Elastic Storage when I was at Edge 2014 back in May… Looking forward to seeing the GPFS tech it’s based on in action!

  • Angry Birds and Half Words—Mobile and the Mainframe
    Rob Jones
    Mobile and the mainframe are two technologies that most people think have nothing to do with each other. Yet millions of smart phones access mainframe data and services every day. Come along to get a overview of the modern enterprise mobile application and the technologies that can help you with everything from development and deployment to connectivity and security. Find out how to make your mainframe accessible to mobile and what to expect from the changing workloads this can bring.

I definitely got sucked in by this title because who doesn’t love some Angry Birds, but on further inspection this looks like some great insight on next-level uses for the mainframe.

Last but not least, I love to see IBM and our other partners get together in a chocolate peanut butter moment. I’m excited to get more info on these two particularly with the launch of RHEL 7.

  • Implementing SAP HANA on IBM Power Platform—Experiences and Lessons Learned
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Power Systems

What else are you alums (and newbies too) looking forward to in Vegas? You can find us in the Solution Center at Booth #102 or follow us on Twitter @GKonIBM. Come by and say hi… we’d love to meet you!

Related Courses
Linux Jumpstart for UNIX System Administrators (LX15G)
z/OS REXX Programming Workshop (ES52G)
GPFS Performance Tuning on AIX (AN82G)

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