NOW is a good time to upgrade to DB2 10.5!
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Sometimes it can be scary to upgrade software. Face it, when things are going well, why introduce a change that may put your life into chaos? We have enough change and stress in our daily lives, is it worth introducing more? Of course, the answer is, it depends. What benefits will you achieve?
Let’s step back a second and think about when you first got your smart phone. That was a huge change to your routine, most of it fun, but a huge change, nonetheless. What did you gain? Access to more, and more, and more. You can get the latest news on twitter, post a photo on FB, post a review of the restaurant you just ate at, find a parking spot in a normally crowded part of the city, buy movie tickets for the movie you want to see tonight, check out the traffic volume on your normal routes home, find out about a sale at the Costco that you are about to drive past. And more. My Dad is still using an old cell phone and asked for help adding contacts. I can no longer remember how to do that. It is one of the things that is much easier on a smart phone.
The same goes with a software upgrade. DB2 9.7 seems to be a very popular release. At the beginning of Scott Hayes’ DB2 Night Show webinars, he has a polling question about the current release of DB2 that people are using. I almost cry when I see the number of people still at 9.7. Working for IBM, I’m privy to the latest features of the latest products and in my biased view, buy into the claims that the latest level is so much better. I’m not the only one that thinks so.
Yes, upgrading your software introduces massive changes to your environment, but the benefits of using DB2 10.5 versus older versions is worth the effort, especially when you are able to learn from the experts and minimize your risks.
For added incentive, watch these videos that feature various clients talking about what they discovered after upgrading to DB2 10.5: http