Category: Education and Skills

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Mike’s IDUG Prague Technical Conference Preview

For me, it’s 1:00am. But for those who hustle and bustle around the airport in Amsterdam it’s 7:00am and time to start the day. It’s an exciting experience for me, traveling internationally for only the second time in my life, as the winner of the DB2 Night Show’s “DB2’s Got Talent” competition. But I am not alone, I travel in...

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IBM Insight 2014 – Brain Dump

Whew, what a week. I’m coming out of the conference with at least 20 ideas for new blogs, including a new “Internals” series that I want to work on. I call this post my Brain Dump as I share out random things I learned and ideas. Saturday For me, the conference started on Saturday. As an IBM Gold Consultant, I’m...

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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...