On December 12th, I presented on the DB2 Night Show on HADR and TSAMP Advanced Topics. See the replay here: http://www.dbisoftware.com/blog/db2nightshow.php?id=531

About

I work for a company that focuses on database consulting – Xtivia. I’ve worked there since October of 2014. I lead a team of DB2 DBAs who serve multiple clients and come to work to different challenges every day. It’s a dynamic environment with lots of opportunity to learn new things. Before that, I worked in a role that primarily focused on the build and support of DB2 databases for WebSphere Commerce environments. I started my career with IBM for about 7 years, as a Physical DBA for a number of different DB2 databases both internal to IBM and in support of IBM Global Services’ clients.

I blog on topics related to all areas of DB2 and some WebSphere Commerce topics. I try to come up with both the big and the little topics that I wish I had been able to find better information on or that I think might help others. I’m always happy to get comments and suggestions, so if there’s a topic you’re looking for more information on, let me know.

I don’t make much direct money from blogging. I can just about pay my hosting costs with ad revenue.  I find time to blog on my lunch break and in the evenings, and really am enjoying doing it.

On a personal level, I am a mom to two wonderful young boys, and have been happily married since 1999. My husband is also in a technical field, and is a great supporter. I live in Colorado. My hobbies include reading, sewing, bicycling, and skiing. Not long ago, my older son made a fortune-teller(we called them cootie catchers when I was in school), and the final fortune was “You will get 100 hits on your blog”. I wonder if I’ve been talking about blogging too much…

My current goal is to post once a week. I frequently schedule posts ahead of time to make sure of this.

 

In 2013, IBM named me as an IBM champion!
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In 2014, IBM named me as an IBM Gold Consultant.

My LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ember-crooks/8/a9b/25a

My Twitter ID: @ember_crooks

developerWorks Articles

Mining your package cache for problem SQL in DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows
Why low cardinality indexes negatively impact performance

db2Night Show appearances:

January 6th, 2012 – Top 10 tips for e-commerce DB2 databases.
December 14th, 2012 – Back out strategies for DB2 LUW Database Changes
April 18, 2014 – Why Low Cardinality Indexes Negatively Impact Performance

DB2’s Got Talent 2012:

2012 Audition
2012 Finals Round 1: DB2 9.7 Deadlock and Lock Timeout Analysis – The New Method
2012 Finals Round 2: db2caem: The Untold Story

DB2’s Got Talent 2013:

2013 Contestant Search
2013 Finals Round 1: The Fragmentation of DBADM in DB2 9.7
2013 Finals Round 2: Tips for finding problem SQL from the Package Cache
2013 Finals Round 3: Two Different Methods for Altering Data Types
2013 Finals Round 4: DB2 Success: You Won’t Find it on a Database Server