Category: Education and Skills

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Looking Forward to IBM Insight

IBM’s Insight conference (the conference formerly known as IOD or Information On Demand) is next week in Las Vegas. It’s a large conference that covers more than just DB2, but it is still DB2 geek heaven. I’ll be there – stop me to chat if you see me, I love to talk tech with anyone. Last year was my first...

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Informational Constraints – Benefits and Drawbacks

One of the most frustrating things a DBA can experience is troubleshooting due to bad data. The client is upset because rows are missing or incorrect data is returned.  The client facing web front end could be displaying gobilty-gook because the data retrieved makes no sense. Resources and energy are burned because of an issue is easily solved with the...

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IDUG 2014 North American Technical Conference

Overall Wow, overall, the conference ran so smoothly this year. I saw very few issues. The sessions were well clustered by track and all located in a small area. It was nearly always clear where to go and what was going on. My hat is off to the IDUG Conference Planning Committee – I cannot imagine how much work it...

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IDUG NA Technical Conference in Phoenix – May 2014

I’m so excited! The IDUG North American Technical Conference is less than a month away. Much like Melanie Stopfer mentioned in her blog entry on IDUG, this is one of MY favorite weeks of the year. There’s something about the IDUG conference. I have been to IBM’s DB2-related conference (which they’re now calling IBM Insight), and it was huge and...

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Ember on DB2Night Show on April 18th!

Thanks to a late cancellation on the DB2Night Show, I’ll be presenting on Friday, April 18. I’ll be talking about why low-cardinality indexes negatively impact performance. It is the same topic as my developerWorks article, but I think it comes across better in a presentation format. It’s a really detailed topic, and I really enjoy it for that reason. Sign...

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Last Chance to Vote in DB2’s Got Talent!

Have you enjoyed posts from this blog? Have they helped you? Now is your chance to pay it forward. Go vote in DB2’s Got Talent and help YOUR favorite competitor win. I’m voting for Michael (a guest blogger here at db2commerce.com), but go watch the last show to see how really outstanding all of your choices are and choose what...

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IBM DB2 Certification – A Comprehensive Guide as of Today

Edited on 6/25/2014 to reflect the formerly missing tutorials on the IBM sites Nearly every DB2 conference I go to has me thinking about DB2 certification. That is probably because most conferences include free or reduced cost certification testing. I have covered this topic before, so feel free to check out the blog entries on it: IBM DB2 Certification –...

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DB2’s Got Talent 2014 – Grand Finale

Look, I know I say this every week, but what a great week of presentations! I learned something from pretty much all of the presenters. There were 549 voters last week. The top 3 competitors based on votes were safe. The votes were distributed like this: The judges had the option to save one or two of the bottom 3,...