Category: Education and Skills

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IDUG Orlando (yet another post)

I know that every DB2 blogger out there is writting their posts about IDUG and what excites them about it and what their plans are. But I’m going to write my own post anyway to let my readers know what I’m excited about and where I’ll be. First off, I love to meet my readers. It totally makes my day...

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Domesticating your Blob.

DBA’s have egos. We like to say “Look what I created,” “Check out this huge database I fixed,” or “I McGyver-ed a solution at 3am in a War-Room hyped up on my 8th cup of coffee.” Then the bragging really begins. “I fixed a 1.2 T Data Warehouse!” Which receives a quick response of “Oh yeah? Well my OLTP database...

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Happy Birthday, Susan!

Today is Susan Visser’s Birthday! Happy Birthday, Susan! Susan is a prolific blogger on Information Management education and skills. I read her blog regularly and recommend that you do too. Her blog is: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/SusanVisser/?lang=en_us Susan has been in various roles with IBM – technical writing, support, managing the certification program for DB2, and now as the Publishing Program Manager for...

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Blogging for DBAs

To go with today’s presentation on the DB2’s Got Talent competition, I wanted to write about blogging and getting involved in the DB2 community. Blogging has brought me great benefits, and just about everyone could contribute to the DB2 community by writing about their own experiences. Benefits For me, the benefits of engaging in the DB2 community and blogging have...

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DB2’s Got Talent – 2013!

This year, I’ll be competing in DB2’s Got Talent again. In 2012, I was voted off the island somewhere between 7th and 10th place. I was really crushed, and hesitated to join the competition again this year until a friend put it in perspective for me. He said: If your son was a freshman in high school and missed the...

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Technical Conference – It’s a skill builder, not a trip to Vegas.

What is the first thing you think of when someone says “technical conference”? Those who have attended a few technical conferences think of hours of session material, hands on labs, networking events, and coveted swag from the vendor Expo. Those who have not attended a conference may not know what to expect. Managers, who may have been out of the...