|The Evangelizing of DB2 for z/OS|
|William Favero: Thought Leader, Writer, Speaker, Teacher, Technician, DB2 SME, and a Social Coach & Practitioner|
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"I'm passionate about family, music, cars, the mainframe, especially about DB2, and sharing what I've learned over the years with others. I thrive on sharing what I have learned over the years, solving technical problems, and learning and messing with the latest technology. If you are looking for someone to partner with, a teacher, mentor, technician, or simply someone to discuss your technical issues, you have arrived at the right place."
Would you like to learn a little more about me? Then read on... What follows is the more traditional description of who I am professionally, where I have been, and what I have accomplished over my last 40+ years working in IT.
William (Willie) Favero has built a worldwide reputation as highly-sought-after subject matter expert in all aspects of DB2 for z/OS, including serving as technician, educator, mentor, and author. Following this same enthusiasm, he is now also a proven blogger, starting in blogging and other forms of social media long before it was fashionable. He has become an expert at taking technical subjects, regardless of their complexity, and communicating to totally different audiences for complete understanding.
He is currently an IBM Senior Certified Consulting IT Software Specialist and the DB2 for z/OS SME for the z Analytics Swat Team at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. He is an IBM zChampion alumnus, a z Systems representative for the IBM Academic Initiative , and holds numerous certifications listed in the column to the left with details available HERE. Willie is a participant in SHARE's zNextGen program for IT professionals new to z/OS and works with the team responsible for the very successful IBM Master the Mainframe contest. He was also involved in the development of the IBM System z Mastery test and speaks on computer topics at local schools.
Willie has spent most of his last two years conducting performance analysis of analytics running on DB2 for z/OS, analytics using the DB2 Analytic Accelerator, the z13, and z Systems Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT), and tools used to load the Accelerator. The measurements have been used by training, in Redbooks, presentations, product announcements, white papers and articles, and for enablement sessions and webinars.
Having been heavily involved in social networking long before it became fashionable, Willie has been an avid blogger since July 2005. His blog is considered one of the top DB2 for z/OS blogs on the internet. Willie’s primary blog, " Getting the Most out of DB2 for z/OS", has achieved more than 609,000 visits and 587,000 pageviews since its inception. He also maintains a mainframe blog " Musings of a Life-long Mainframe Guy"” along with two mirror DB2 for z/OS blogs "A DB2 for z/OS Online Handbook" at developerWorks and "DB2 for z/OS Online Handbook" at Wordpress. He actively participates in numerous social networks including be found actively posting on Twitter since 2007, Facebook since 2008, LinkedIn, where he manages 14 business related groups, since 2007, SlideShare on the IBM Network, and other social networks including FaceTime, Flickr, FourSquare, Instagram, Klout, Kompoz, SnapChat, Periscope, Pinterest, Reddit, Skype, SlideShare, StumbleUpon, Swam, TechTarget, Tumblr, XING, and Yelp.
Willie holds professional memberships, in the ACM (Association of Computer Machines) as a Senior Member, The Open Group as a Distinguished IT Specialist, SHARE, and IDUG (The International DB2 Users Group).
Career details: Between IMS/VS DB/DC, Cincom's Total and Supra, IDMS, and DB2, he has over 40+ years experience working with database. However, Willie has spent his last 30 years working primarily with the DB2 family. His responsibilities include consulting to IBM's customers on Data Warehousing and Business Analytics running on System z with DB2 for z/OS. He has performed DB2 subsystem, performance, and security health checks, performance tuning for the DB2 subsystem, performance analysis for DB2 applications and SQL, design reviews, data modeling, general DB2 consultation, CritSit resolution, DB2 installation assistance, migration planning to new versions of DB2 for z/OS, all forms of DB2 education, and dabbles in z/OS and System z hardware.
This is Willie's second career with IBM. Before rejoining IBM, Willie was a Principal Consultant for BMC Software, Inc. With 7+ years at BMC Software, Inc., Willie's responsibilities included consulting to BMC's R&D groups and to BMC's customers on issues relating to both the IBM DB2 family (all platforms) and the BMC products that support the DB2 family. He spent a great deal of his time presenting at conferences (locally and internationally), user groups, seminars, and taping product videos for customer distribution.
Prior to his stay at BMC, Willie was a Senior Instructor with IBM education for 11 years. He developed and delivered DB2 courses for IBM's Customers, IBM System Engineers, IBM internal sites, and for the DB2 developers and DB2 Level 2 Support at the IBM Santa Teresa Lab (now Silicon Valley Labs). Previous to joining IBM (his first IBM career), Willie spent over ten years as an IBM customer. During the last two years of this period, he held positions as a Systems Programmer in the Manufacturing industry supporting MVS, VTAM, NCP, and IMS. Prior to that, Willie worked five years as an IMS DB/DC Systems Programmer in both the Finance and Manufacturing industries. He started in IT performing duties as an Application Programmer and Application Analyst using IMS in the Finance industry for three years. He entered the industry in 1973 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Information System Management from the State University of New York College at Buffalo (aka Buffalo State College).
Willie is a recognized worldwide as a highly skilled DB2 professional and is a frequently sought after speaker on a variety of DB2 for z/OS, Client/Server, Object Technology, z/OS, System z, and specialty engine topics. He presents at numerous conferences including the North American, European, and Asian Pacific International DB2 User Group (IDUG) Conferences and the IDUG Canadian Symposiums, GUIDE (an IBM Rep for 4 years), Nordic GUIDE, and SHARE (currently a project leader). In addition, Willie presents at most local DB2 and Database User Groups in the US and Canada, many international DB2 User Groups in Europe, Asia, and Australia, DB2 Vendor Seminars in the US, Asia, Europe, and Australia, and the IBM DB2 Technical Conference, now the IBM DB2 Information on Demand (IOD) Conference, in the US and Canada. He also participated for three years on the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) for the North American IDUG and he is currently the IBM liaison to the IDUG Solutions Journal and IDUG DB2-L list owner and administrator. In addition, in the spring of 2004, Willie was inducted into the IDUG "Volunteer Hall of Fame".
Willie has been a technical reviewer for all the DB2 product publications and SRA DB2 self study courses. While working for IBM, he has had the opportunity to contribute and author several DB2 "Redbooks" published by the IBM International Technical Support Centers (ITSC) on packaging, performance, distributed processing, and data warehousing. Willie currently acts as a technical reviewer for books covering DB2, DB2 UDB, application development, data warehouse, and Object Oriented Design for several major publishing companies. He volunteers his services as a technical editor, reviewing articles on IMS, Parallel Sysplex, the DB2 Family of database managers, and numerous other topics for a variety of nationally published magazines. In addition, Willie has published over 4 dozen articles on DB2 for z/OS and Data Warehousing in numerous magazines and authored the TidBit column and Face Off column in the IDUG Solutions Journal.
As an IBM Instructor, Willie developed and taught courses on DB2 Release Transition (for Version 2.2, Versions 2.3, and Version 3), DB2 Advanced Recovery, DB2 Database and Systems Administration, DB2 Application Programming, SAA SQL, DB2 Design Reviews, SQL Performance Analysis, DB2 Performance and Tuning, DB2 Application Performance Tuning, DB2 Application Design Review and DB2 Distributed Processing. While with BMC, Willie developed and taught courses (and seminars) on DB2 Recovery and Restart, DB2 Version 3 Implementation, DB2 Version 4 for MVS/ESA Implementation and Planning, DB2 for OS/390 Version 5 Implementation and Planning and DB2 for OS/390 Version 6 Implementation and Planning. He has also written numerous presentations, seminars, and classes for BMC products that support DB2. Most recently, in his last role as a consultant for IBM Lab Services, he has taught the DB2 for z/OS Version 8 Transition course and DB2 Performance course for IBM's Global Education.
"I'm a very lucky guy because everyday I get to work with great people while doing something that I not only enjoy, but something that I still find exciting, challenging, stimulating, invigorating, and just plain fun."
Personal details: Willie was born in December, 1950 in Niagara Falls, NY. He attended Our Lady of Mt Carmel School for 9 years before graduating from Bishop Duffy High School in 1968. Willie was compensated for the first time for playing bass guitar in a band in 1964 and continued drawing an income from performing with groups until 1977, taking it on full time (5 or more evenings per week) in 1968. Following two careers full time, computers during the day and music in the evening, continued for 5 years. The overlap started when Willie entered the IT industry (then called DP) in 1973 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Information System Management from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Buffalo (aka Buffalo State College). Career opportunities convinced him to move from the Falls to St Louis, MO in 1977, to Dallas, TX in 1988 (technically Grapevine, TX), and finally to Houston, TX in 1994. He married his best friend Karen Meng in September, 1982 in St Louis and has two Daughters (Lauren and Catherine) and 4 Grandchildren (Faith, Anthony, Colton, and Annabelle). His pastimes include listening and playing all genres of music, fast cars and motorcycles, his family, photography, building Lego kits, and computers (not always necessarily in that order).
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