Today was the first show of the finals for the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition. If you didn’t participate live, I strongly encourage you to watch the replay. We had the top 10 contestants from February present 4-minute technical presentations to us. Again, the caliber of the presentations blew me away. At least 3 times the phrase “That’s the way you do it!” came to my mind as contestants were presenting. Not only were their slides well done, but so were their presentations of the material. To all 10: well done!
The control is now in the hands of you, the audience. You must vote for who you think should go on in the upcoming shows. Here’s what you need to do. If you were in the audience today, vote in the survey provided for today’s show for who you thought was the best . You can find the URL for the survey by watching the replay. If you weren’t able to make it to the show today, watch the replay, and then VOTE. Don’t watch just to vote, watch to learn great DB2 tips as well as examples of excellent presentation skills. Here’s a summary of what happened today.
Contestant 1 – Douglas
Protecting SQL Code: Hidden New DB2 LUW 9.7 Feature
Douglas presented in February and provided excellent Oracle compatibility tips, and he’s done it again. This presentation showed how DB2 has provided support for Oracle’s DBMS-DDL.Wrap. This was a wonderful presentation about a very useful feature. The presentation was only 4 minutes, as were the rest of them, but it was short and sweet and direct to the point.
Contestant 2 – Yonghang
Inter-Process Communication & Multitasking: Let’s talk about wait in DB2 9.7
Very interesting presentation about how DB2 uses stored procedures to provide multitasking. Yonghang ran out of time, unfortunately, but had a great presentation.
Contestant 3 – Kohli
A Pragmatic Approach for Importing Data and Physical Objects
Watch the show to see “how” you do it. The slides were great, but Kohli clearly put a lot of thought into the topic and provided notes and tips that are far beyond anything you’d read in a manual. Very well done!
Contestant 4 – Rodolfo
DB2 Security: Tips to Protect Data & Avoid Issues
Rodolfo provided security tips for protecting data on DB2 for z/OS. Very important topic, but a large topic. It is hard to do the topic justice in just 4 minutes as it may leave the audience with more questions than answers. Rodolfo did a great job with his presentation. You can follow Rodolfo on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/_rodc
Contestant 5 – Kingo
DB2 for z/OS Performance Tuning Tips: Drill Down Approach
Kingo was presenting from Japan, in English of course. If he does this well in English, imagine how good he is in his native language! He chose a huge topic, but did very well narrowing it down with a case study. This is the perfect kind of presentation for a user conference such as IDUG. I really liked the way Kingo showed in his charts how he analyzed data. He made it very easy to follow the approach that he took to come to his conclusions.
Contestant 6 – Brian
Fragmentation Found and Fixed
Brian is clearly a master at presenting as we’ve seen on previous shows and he showed off his skills again today, but he out did himself! Not only did he provide a very clear presentation in 4 minutes, but he included a demo as well. I was wowed by the charts and would love to get my presentation skills to that level. Beyond the charts, he told a “story”. Storytelling is a great presentation and writing skill and is known for drawing people in. If you want to see another example of “how” to do it, study what Brian is capable of. We can all learn plenty from Brian. Brian tweets at https://twitter.com/#!/fairchild_db2 and blogs at http://bit.ly/yGpae2 .
Contestant 7 – Ember
DB2 9.7 Deadlock and Lock Timeout Analysis: The New Method
We judges were all wondering if Ember was a trained teacher. If not, she is a natural. Her presentation was very easy to follow and I liked the way she discussed the changes in each of the releases. This is a pretty common topic, but it was unique in the way it was an update on what people are actually doing. Ember also tweets ember_crooks & blogs http://db2commerce.com/.
Contestant 8 – Jean
Real 24x7 Enhancement
Jean worked with her colleague Chuck to create this presentation, but she presented on her own. This was a follow on to her previous presentation, so in effect allowed her to discuss one topic in 8 minutes. It is a very complicated and complex topic, but Jean was able to make it easy to understand, especially with her diagrams. This is an enhancement that works with DB2 LUW and DB2 for z/OS, so should be of great interest to many people.
Contestant 9 – Elder
Declare Cursor: The Untold Story
Elder showed a feature that is not well documented in the manuals. Elder put together a solid presentation and gave a great tip that you shouldn’t miss. Elder seemed either nervous or not well prepared and as a result there was a lack of flow in his delivery.
Contestant 10 – Richard
Automatically Generated Identity Columns
I wish we could have a “do-over” day, just for Richard. He saw an accident on his drive into work and was a witness for police. As a result, he was late showing up for today’s show, had a few technical issues with his mic, and didn’t know what the “finish” sound of the day was. His presentation went quite a bit over. But despite all these challenges, Richard did well and presented great content in his presentation. Oh well, life happens and the show must go on. Great job Richard!
The judges, Martin Hubel, Klaas Brant, and myself don’t get to choose who goes on… you have the control. After you watch the replay, VOTE! I’m glad I don’t get to choose… there is such great talent appearing on this show that it will be very difficult to choose.
March has two more shows for the finals where those who have moved on will present a second time and the audience can choose the winner rather than the judges. Be sure to join us March 16 and 30. If you get reminders for March 9 and 23, please ignore these reminders.
Thanks to host Scott Hayes for this opportunity for me as a judge and for the contestants for helping them build technical presentation skills that are so valuable.
For details on the prizes for this competition… and a summary of last year’s event… see my blog entry: http://ibm.co/AnZxb4
PS… If you are in the NY area, make sure you look into attending the DB2
Symposium that is taking place March 28-30 in this area. See