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 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
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:
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