March 23, 2023

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DB2 13 and Security and Python
Opening Remarks
“Protect Db2 for z/OS Data: Security and Compliance” Bob Tilkes IBM
Virtual Lunch
“Db2 13 for z/OS install and migration using z/OSMF workflows” Sueli Almeida IBM
“Do your Db2z application developers like Python? Sure let’s build z applications using it!” Sowmya Kameswaran IBM
Meeting Wrapup
Abstracts and Biographies: 


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Sueli Almeida

Sueli Almeida is an IBM Certified Thought Leader and member of Db2 for z/OS development located at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab in San Jose, California. She has extensive experience with DB2, including database administration and systems programming. She has worked on DB2 for z/OS advanced technology and solution integration, such as Java support, its integration with WebSphere product family. Currently working on Db2 for z/OS support for Cloud provisioning Database-as-a-Services for sysprogs, DBAs and application developers/architects.


Bob Tilkes

Bob Tilkes is an IBM Senior IT Specialist, a member of the Db2 For z/OS SWAT team based out of the Silicon Valley Lab with over 20+ years working directly with Db2 z/OS.  His experience includes the past 20 years as an IBM customer working in the following roles: Lead Db2 z/OS as system engineer, database administrator, and application developer.  He has extensive experience in Db2 z/OS installation/migration, security (design, audit, compliance, & governance), Db2 z/OS application modernization, vendor tool management (installation & support) focusing on high performing, highly available, and highly resilient systems/applications.  Prior to joining IBM, he was an active member of the Db2 for z/OS and Db2 for z/OS Tools Customer Advisory Council. In Bob’s current role as a senior technical advocate for Db2 z/OS Development Lab he conducts consulting, educational workshops, Db2 health checks, and Db2 for z/OS 360 Continuous Availability Studies for worldwide customers. He has also presented on several Db2 topics at IBM Conferences (US).

Sowmya Kameswaran

Sowmya Kameswaran works at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab in San Jose, California and leads the Transformation of User Experience for the Db2 for z/OS platform and ecosystem. Understanding the way users interact with the system and building solutions and interfaces to provide the best user experience is what she enjoys doing. Being hands-on into software development helps her go end-to-end from understanding the kind of experience users need to getting it built.



“Protect Db2 for z/OS Data: Security and Compliance”  Bob Tilkes IBM

  • Data is a company's most vital asset. We will focus on discussing concepts on how to protect that data as well as be in compliance. We will cover Security Vulnerability Management, Privileged ID Authentication, Pervasive Encryption of Db2 data sets, Db2 subsystem parameters that impact security, restricting connection types on packages, mainframe (RACF) security concepts for resources that impact Db2, Db2 internal security, and access reviews.

Db2 13 for z/OS install and migration using z/OSMF workflows  M. Sueli Almeida IBM

 In this session we will demonstrate how you can exploit IBM Z/OSMF workflows to install and / or migrate a Db2 subsystem or members of a data sharing group. We will illustrate how the workflow artifacts are created. Next, we will show these artifacts are assembled into a workflow. Finally we will show how the execution of the workflow progression can be tracked or monitored and a preview of what is coming next.

“Do your Db2z application developers like Python? Sure let’s build z applications using it!”  Sowmya Kameswaran IBM

Python is one of the top programming languages in the world. It's easy to learn for DBAs similar to REXX; and it  has a robust set of libraries that enable delivering business value, specifically surrounding data rapidly and easily. This presentation will use a Python on z/OS with the python-ibm_db library, along with a few visualization libraries, to provide some fun demonstrations that also show the power and ease of use Python.