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When is the last time you attended SHARE? If the answer is anything beyond a year, quite frankly, it’s been too long! Those of you newer to the mainframe may be asking, what is SHARE and why should I be interested in attending? SHARE has been making some changes and improvements, including some initiatives specifically geared toward the newer mainframe professional.

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Myth-Busting: DB2 Version 8 CPU Regression

The cry heard around the DB2 world of late has been, “How much CPU is DB2 Version 8 going to use?” Whether you call it CPU consumption, regression, or simply usage, this seems to be a big question on everyone’s mind. For some, it’s merely curiosity; they’re moving forward regardless. However, they’d like to be prepared should something increase so they can adequately plan for it. Others, however, have questions that must be answered before they’ll start their V8 upgrade. Still others aren’t even considering an upgrade to V8 until they’re comfortable they won’t be affected by any CPU increase…

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Compliance Options: A National Data Law

As of this writing, The U.S. National Data Law is working its way through the U.S. Senate. No doubt details of the bill will change before it becomes finalized. And there’s a chance the bill won’t become law, although all the bets are that it will. So why aren’t we waiting until it’s final to start talking about it? Because this law has a strict definition for “sensitive” data—and criminal penalties—for not properly dealing with it…

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