Category: Education and Skills

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IBM Badges

You may have seen some people posting IBM badges (through Acclaim) that they’ve earned. These are now conferred along with some IBM Certifications, but there are more that you can earn. Unofficial Badge Types You can access and search a list of all possible badges through the IBM Skills Gateway. There are a number of different types of badges. Several...

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Ember Speaking at DB2 Symposium on 16 May

Once again this year, I’ll be speaking at the DB2 Symposium in Einhoven on 16 May! I’ll be giving a day-long intensive on DB2 Security, Performance, and a Touch of Cloud. I’ve been working hard on creating and polishing the presentation, and am quite excited to be including Jupyter Notebook topics in this presentation, in addition to the topics mentioned...

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IBM’s DB2 RFE Program

RFE stands for “Request for Enhancement”. IBM has this program for a number of products, but until late 2016, the RFEs for DB2 on LUW were not publicly available to vote on. Now they are, and we’re seeing action on them. The Problem It can be frustrating to have an issue that IBM describes as “working as designed”. Sometimes these...

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DB2 Basics: The Role of Databases

This blog article should appeal to a wide audience. This article is not specific to DB2, but speaks to the larger role of the database in the IT organization. What is a Database? At the most basic level, a database is an organized collection of information. Technically, you could consider a filing cabinet a database. Even an MS Excel Spreadsheet...